The creator of Clarissa Explains It All had a strict rule about not allowing the color purple on set, requiring parts of the set to be repainted. When asked about this rule, he revealed that it was completely arbitrary, only existing to make him seem more assertive as someone new in the business mentalfloss.com/article/6…
There is no Federal statute mandating that a private business, a person, or an organization must accept currency or coins as payment for goods or services. Private businesses are free to develop their own policies on whether to accept cash unless there is a state law which says otherwise. federalreserve.gov/faqs/c…
Mae Jemison was the first African American woman in space. She also was a doctor in the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, started her own business, writes children’s books, has produced and directed modern dance plays, and was also in a few episodes of Star Trek. womenshistory.org/educati…
The cast of Pawn Stars don't work at the shop. The Gold & Silver Pawn is managed by someone else and filming interrupts business because they have to close down to bring in the cast and pre-screened customers. reviewjournal.com/enterta…
A dad in Texas couldn’t find an amusement park that would accommodate his daughter with special needs so he sold his homebuilding business and built a completely accessible amusement park for kids with special needs called Morgan’s Wonderland. freethink.com/videos/morg…
Tom Cruise was diagnosed with dyslexia at 6 yrs old and graduated high school as a functional illiterate, relying on his sister for help with schoolwork. He was in movies like Taps and Risky Business before learning to read in 1986 when he became a scientologist, the year Top Gun was released. people.com/archive/tom-cr…
The Quaker Oats company isn't Quaker and never was, they picked their name based on a religious stereotype about Quakers being honest in business en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qua…
Cyber crime is a bigger business in the US than drug trafficking and generates significantly bigger profits. capstoneitinc.com/2019/05…
Idaho does not have a governor's mansion. The business tycoon J.R. Simplot donated his mansion to the state, but the cost of lawn maintenance depleted state funds and the state eventually gave it back to the Simplot Family. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
The inventor of the U-bar bike lock and founder of Kryptonite, Stanley Kaplan, was bought out by his business partner Michael Zane, who proceeded to remove Kaplan from company history and claim that he had invented the lock. youtu.be/HZPUJqvoUS4
When Bill Withers debuted with β€œAin’t no Sunshine” in 1971, he refused to leave his job as an assembler in a factory, believing that the music business was a fickle industry rollingstone.com/music/mu…
Today I learned about "University of the People", a tuition-free, American-accredited online University providing Bachelor, Masters and Associate degrees in Computer science, Business, Health science and Education uopeople.edu/
In 1936 part-time inventor Anton Loibl, a Nazi, and Hitler's chauffeur, invented bicycle reflectors. The SS went into business with him. The Nazis then brought in traffic laws requiring all bicycles to have reflectors, creating a cash windfall for the SS en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Nicholas White, a Business Week employee, spent 41 hours trapped in an elevator, even though he signaled an alarm, and there was surveillance video inside the elevator cab en.wikipedia.org/wiki/122…
, a bank teller refused to cash Charlize Theron's check when she first came to Hollywood; so she engaged in a shouting match with him. A talent agent, waiting behind her, handed her his business card and subsequently introduced her to casting agents. She made her film debut several months later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Michael Jackson was supposed to be in the Twin Towers while the 9/11 attacks occurred, dealing with a business meeting, but he missed it because he overslept. vt.co/entertainment/celeb…
Designed by Benjamin Franklin, the first official circulation coin of United States was inscribed with the words "Mind Your Business" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fug…
TIL: Oysters were such a big business in Maryland and Virginia that they were considered working-class food instead of a luxury. The Oysters were such a business that oyster pirates fought naval battles against maritime police over hunting grounds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oys…
The phrase 'flying saucer' used as a substitute for an UFO is the result of a mistaken newspaper report in 1947 of the first well-known UFO sighting by the business mogul Kenneth Arnold who said the speeding aerial was crescent-shaped but moved "like saucers skipping on water". britannica.com/topic/unid…
A graduate sued Anglia Ruskin University over her "Mickey Mouse" degree and received a Β£60,000 out-of-court settlement. She claimed the university "exaggerated the prospects of a career" and sued them for false advertising. She graduated with a first in international business strategy. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-4849057…
Each year, a social group called the Alfalfa Club, which includes elites from both business and government, celebrate General Robert E. Lee's birthday with a banquet en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
In 1981, then-president of Nintendo of America Minoru Arikawa was publicly berated by the business' landlord, Mario Segale, for being behind on rent. Arikawa vowed to immortalize him forever by renaming the star of Donkey Kong, previously known as "Jumpman," to Mario. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Waffle House was founded when a restaurant manager and a real-estate agent met during the purchase of a house. They became friends and went into business together. Waffle House claims to be the world's largest seller of waffles, ham, pork chops, grits, and T-bone steaks, and 2% of all US eggs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waf…
Dolly Parton used to stop business meetings for sixty seconds so that the men could stare at her boobs and focus for the rest of the meeting msn.com/en-us/entertainme…
It took 80 years from the invention of the telephone for call centres to become a mainstream part of business whoson.com/customer-servi…
In 2013 a French businessman died of a heart attack while having sex with a stranger while on a business trip. A French court subsequently ruled that this was an industrial accident and that his wife and family were entitled to compensation bbc.co.uk/news/world-euro…
The mini-series Shogun (1980) is the most watched show ever on NBC. It was so popular that restaurants and theaters reported a decrease in business for the week it aired. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sh%…
There is a business that buys "lost luggages" from airlines and resells them to the public unclaimedbaggage.com/
Before enlisting in the navy, John F. Kennedy had a brief stint at Stanford business school before dropping out, commenting that he β€œhad become very fond of Stanford. Everyone is friendlyβ€”the gals are quite attractiveβ€”and it’s a very good life.” news.stanford.edu/thedish…
By claiming her breast implants were big and impractical, an exotic dancer in the US was able to get the IRS to agree that they were a business expense for her tax return. huffpost.com/entry/tax-co…
In the middle of Disneyland, there is a secret and exusive club called Club 33. It was originally designed as a place for Walt Disney to entertain guests and business associates, but he died before it was officially opened. insider.com/disneyland-ex…
Today I learned about BarthΓ©lemy Thimonnier, a French tailor who invented the first (practical) sewing machine and opened the first machine-based clothing manufacturing company in the world. His factory was burned down by a mob of tailors who fear that his invention would ruin their business. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
The founder of Yankee Candle sold his company but later went into business with his son before his passing. Their company is Kringle Candle, down the road from the original Yankee factory. kringlecandle.com/pages/a…
The Soup Nazi from Seinfeld is a real person, Ali Yeganeh. Yeganeh hates the eponymous episode and blames Jerry Seinfeld for β€œruining his business,” going so far as to throw Seinfeld out of his store. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The comedy Taking Care of Business (aka: Filofax) in 1990 that starred James Belushi and Charles Grodin was actually the first screenplay written by J. J. Abrams who later went on to make the Star Trek and Star Wars films en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tak…
The Chamber of Commerce is not a government agency. Instead, it is "the world’s largest business organization" uschamber.com/about/about…
Wreaths Across America was started by the same family that owns a wreath manufacturer, Worcester Wreath. 75-80% of Worcester Wreath's business is supplying wreaths to the charity though an essentially no-bid contract. nonprofitquarterly.org/wr…
The City of London, the ancient center of Greater London, uniquely allows businesses headquartered within its limits to vote alongside residents. The β€œbusiness vote” was almost eliminated in 1969, but the local resident population is so small that abolishing it was considered impractical. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loc…
Sofia Vergara studied dentistry for 3 years and stopped 2 semesters before graduating as a dentist to pursue a career in modeling and show business. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sof…
Chobani began after Hamdi Ulukaya saw an ad for a Kraft yogurt plant that had closed and bought it through a small business loan. Today they operate the world's largest yogurt plant and workers have 10% ownership stake. For the first few years the 800 number on the label went straight to Hamdi. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cho…
The oldest continuously ongoing company in the world is a construction company in Japan specializing in Buddhist temples. Established in 578 CE, it is as old as the time when Buddhism was introduced into Japan in 538 CE. In 2007, after 1,429 years in business, it ran out of money. theatlantic.com/business/…
The Nintendo PlayStation (known at the time as the Play Station) was a collaboration between Nintendo and Sony in the late 1980s and early '90s. Sony wanted into the booming video games business and the system they proposed was Nintendo PlayStation which recently sold during a bid for over $360k theverge.com/2020/3/8/211…
A Texas dad sold his business and built a $51 million amusement park for his disabled daughter with free admission for everyone with special needs. Morgan's wonderland has had more than a million visitors since it opened, and one-third of it's staff includes people with special needs. abcnews.go.com/WN/america…
On May 11, 1995, during the first E3, Sega announced their new Saturn console would cost $400 and shockingly had been shipped to select retailers that same day. During their keynote, Sony announced the Playstation would launch at $300. Sega would exit the console business six years later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seg…
Research shows that people infected with a parasite from cats were more likely to have business ambitions, and placed a greater emphasis on entrepreneurship and management. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
There was an Orthodox Jewish gang in the business of kidnapping Orthodox Jewish men and forcing them to grant their wives religious divorces. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
Boxing legends Pacquiao, Marquez and Barrera took up business degrees. Marquez was an accountant before he became a legend while Barrera took up law. Pacman on the other hand took up business administration. cpacamp.com/famous-boxers…
In 1795, the Spanish crown institutionalized the 'purchase of whiteness' through a decree called the 'gracias al sacar'. In the Spanish empire, wealthy mixed race people could now pay for a legal declaration that 'converted them' to white in order to conduct business freely and marry well. notevenpast.org/purchasin…
The 3 Stooges shot a pilot called Jerks of All Trades in 1949 intended as a weekly sitcom where the Stooges would try a different job/business every week. Columbia Pictures claiming the TV series would compete with their two-reels threatened to cancel their contract so the show was abandoned. youtube.com/watch?v=w2vJz…
BLOCKBUSTER announced β€˜NO MORE LATE FEES’ before they went out of business, in order to combat low sales/competition from online streaming services. youtu.be/92S-S9vJ0PA
Today I learned about David Gates, former member of 70’s soft rock band Bread, who studied the cattle ranching business while touring with his band. He married his highschool sweetheart, raised four children with her and is currently retired in his 1,400-acre (570 ha) ranch in Mount Vernon, Washington. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
The most expensive domain name ever sold was www.business.com sold for a whopping 345 million USD fortunly.com/blog/the-mos…
Scrum methodology was introduced by Asian men, Hirotaka Takeuchi and Ikujiro Nonaka, in their 1986 Harvard Business Review article, 'The New New Product Development Game'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scr…
When John Balson started off as a butcher in Dorset in 1535, Henry VIII was on the throne. Hundreds of years later, the Balson family continues to trade just a few streets away from where their first market stall was set up in Bridport. They are the oldest family business in UK. bbc.com/news/uk-england-d…
The Great Cranberry Scare of 1959 occurred when scientists found traces of a carcinogen in a batch of cranberries just ahead of Thanksgiving. People panicked and the cranberry industry ground to a complete halt, but the cranberry business survived. In fact, it went on to thrive. npr.org/2019/11/12/778606…
When the CEO of discount supermarket chain ALDI was kidnapped, he haggled about his ransom money and claimed the sum as a tax-deductable business expense in court after his release telegraph.co.uk/news/obit…
Guitarist Brian Setzer bought the entire inventory of guitar amp tubes from a company that was going out of business in the 80s, which gives him a unique guitar tone that is impossible to exactly replicate. youtu.be/0HU84CCvST8
The term 'Mahoska' from 'The Untouchables', misquoted as 'mahaska', originates from the Irish phrase 'My Business'. greensdictofslang.com/ent…
Ken Osmond was not the original Eddie Haskell. The original was another child actor whose parents wanted him to go to high school and college instead of being a full-time child actor. Ironically Osmond grew up to be a cop while the original still enjoys a lucrative career in show business. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
American Beauty actor, Thora Birch's, parents are former porn stars who both appeared in the iconic adult film Deep Throat. They also serve as her business managers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
As of 2018 most of the early cryonics companies that froze dead bodies for future revival had gone out of business, and their stored corpses have been thawed and disposed of. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cry…
Paris's first Tex-Mex restaurant opened in 1983. Business was slow, but the 1986 film Betty Blue, had characters drinking tequila shots and eating chili con carne, made the food popular. Benayoun said, "after the movie came out, everybody in Paris wanted a shot of tequila and a bowl of chili." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tex…
Family Video is still in business because the owners where smart enough to invest in PURCHASING property (which can be leased out even after DVD's are dead), instead of simply RENTING space like Blockbuster did. newsweek.com/blockbuster-…
A 99-year lease was, under historic common law, the longest possible term of a lease of real property. It is no longer the law in most common law jurisdictions today, yet 99-year leases continue to be common as a matter of business practice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/99-…
In 1946 Yoshio Tamiya started a sawmill and lumber company in Shizuok, Japan. With an ample supply of raw material available, Tamiya soon began producing wooden model ships, and by the early 1950s the company had transitioned its business solely to model making and it also has a model museum speedhunters.com/2015/11/…
Walt Disney's First Business venture was a Studio called "Laugh-O-Gram Studio" based out of Kansas City, MO and it went Bankrupt in less than three years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lau…
Today I learned about Almon Brown Strowger. Strowger's undertaking business was losing clients to a competitor whose telephone-operator wife was redirecting everyone who called for Strowger. Motivated to remove the intermediary operator, he invented the first automatic telephone exchange in 1889. sparkmuseum.org/almon-b-s…
'Deep Throat' pornographic actor Herbert Streicher aka "Harry Reems" later in life had a successful real estate career using his porn stage name to do real estate business en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
The adapted trucks to be used as mobile gas chambers by the fascist regime in Germany to kill 300,000 were supplied by a Swiss firm which is still in business en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sau…
Today I learned about 250 dead bodies had been cryopreserved in the United States, and 1,500 people had made arrangements for cryopreservation of their corpses. But is highly improbable that any cryonics corporation could continue in business long enough to take advantage of the claimed long-term benefits. wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryoni…
Today I learned that the Caterpillar Company (bulldozers etc) is trying to make it so that no business can have the word β€œCat” as part of their trademarked name and takes small businesses to court if they try. abc7news.com/business/bat…
The real reason Boeing's new plane crashed twice was mainly due to their business decision to compete with their chief rival, Airbus. Investigators have faulted Boeing and the F.A.A. over how parts of the 737 Max was designed and certified youtube.com/watch?v=H2tuK…
David Cook, the founder of Blockbuster, started out supplying software to the oil and gas industries, but his wife made him enter the video business. He began by operating a franchise of Video Works, but when they refused to let him decorate his shop in blue and yellow, he went independent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blo…
Dan Aykroyd's family have been in the ghost business for generations, his great grandfather actually tried to contact spirits and his father wrote a book called "The History of Ghosts" latimesblogs.latimes.com/…
In 2012 a 22-year-old man on a business trip sent a wrong-number text to a woman 30 years older; she replied that she'd like to hang out anyway. They went to a concert together, started dating, got married, and in 2019 she needed a kidney transplant and he donated his kidney to her. ksdk.com/article/features…
Today I learned of Arnold Rothstein, the most powerful of the Jewish gangsters, AKA The Brain. He was strongly believed to have fixed the 1919 World Series, and was the first to import scotch during Prohibition. He is believed to be the one who transformed disorganized crime into a business. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arn…
There used to be Big 5 accounting companies, the extra being Arthur Andersen. It dissolved due to collapse of Enron when Enron filed for biggest bankruptcy in the history of USA. Accenture, is the business and technology consulting division of Arthur Andersen. britannica.com/event/Enro…
If you're in a car accident, tow truck drivers will show up and attempt to tow your car to a shop that is paying the truck driver a "finders fee" for bringing them business. New or uninformed drivers, take heed. It could save you several thousands of dollars in tow and body shop fees. youtu.be/sOboCgIhcfk
The Henry Ford Company eventually became Cadillac where a man named Jack Taylor worked. He made renting a vehicle easy and eventually founded Enterprise Ren-A-Car. A business named after the Aircraft Carrier he was stationed on. entwinedpodcast.com/episo…
Waterloo, New York is considered the birthplace of the American holiday Memorial Day. It was first celebrated on May 5, 1866 with local business closing and residents decorating the graves of soldiers. history.com/topics/holida…
A man in Vermont, upset with local officials for denying a building permit for his proposed business, paid $4,000 to build a giant illuminated middle finger statue on his property. β€œIf you don’t want to look at the building, look at this." He said to the Development Review Board. boston.com/news/local-new…
Today I learned about bail-in laws - a law where banks can take money from people to save their business from going bankrupt during an economic crisis thebalance.com/what-is-a-…
During the aftermath of the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing many business in the Boston area closed while the manhunt for the suspect was underway. Only Dunkin' Donuts kept its stores open in order to serve food and drinks to Police and Emergency Responders huffingtonpost.com/2013/0…
Only 16% of millionaires inherited their fortune. 47% made it through business, and 23% got it through paid work. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
Today I learned about the business of β€œAdversary Air Support” in which a contractor has their own fleet of fighter jets that fly against U.S. military fighter pilots, replicating aerial threats from potential enemy nations. thedrive.com/the-war-zone…
. The popular hosts of NPRs cartalk Click and Clack or that Tappet Brothers are both graduates of MIT and one is even a Doctor of Business Administration en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
The Banana Stand on Arrested Development was based on a real business run by the creator of the show Mitch Hurwitz youtube.com/watch?v=bW4yI…
Almon Brown Strowger noticed he was losing business because a competitor would have his wife, a telephone operator redirect calls asking for Strowger to his business. Strowger later invented the automatic telephone exchange which eliminated the need for operators. wikipedia.org/wiki/Almon_…
The IRS allows you to deduct 50 percent of meal and beverage costs as a business expense. This applies if the meals are β€œordinary and necessary” and incurred in the course of business. microsoft.com/en-us/micro…
Woolworth's, once one of the most successful retail companies in the world, wound down the vast majority of its operations in the U.S. in the 90's while the sporting goods division kept growing. Today, it's the only part of the business that still exists and is now called Foot Locker. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F._…
Indiana liquor stores can't sell refrigerated water or soda. The law specifies that they should be in the exclusive business of selling adult beverages and that any water or soda sold needs to be room temperature. indianapublicmedia.org/ne…
Today I learned about David Glasheen, a former business mogul and multi-millionaire, who moved to a remote island in Far North Queensland, AUS after losing all his money due to the market crash of 1987. He has been living there for over two decades now. abc.net.au/news/2019-07-2…
The first advertisement for coffee was in 1652. It did not contain pictures, but a lengthy description including the source of the beans, how they were brewed, and the benefits of caffeine for business men. businessinsider.com/this-…
Victoria's Secret was founded by Roy Raymond, who sold the business in 1982 for $6 million and used the money to fund other unsuccessful business ventures. Depression from his failures led him to commit suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge in 1993. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy…
The generic sounding "ACME" business name is a result of companies taking advantage of alphabetized order when phone books became common. This common name lead to it being parodied in Looney Tunes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acm…
Japan does not accept signatures on official documents (banks, real estate and business) but require a β€˜hanko’ which is an official carved wooden or stone seal pressed in ink nippon.com/en/features/jg…
Hudson's Bay Company is the oldest business in Canada. Founded in 1670 visualcapitalist.com/olde…
Today I learned about Reasonable Blackman, a silk weaver in Tudor England who was among the earliest people of African heritage working as independent business owners in London in that era. theguardian.com/world/201…
To help prostitute's business in 16th c. Venice, the authorities designated a bridge where they could stand and show their breasts to potential clients. The bridge still stands to this day and is called "Ponte delle Tette" or the bridge of tits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pon…
The last Blockbuster on earth, in Bend, OR uses floppy disks to boot their system, employees have to hand print cards because their printers broke, and transactions are backed up on a reel-to-reel tape that can't be replaced because Radio Shack went out of business. wfaa.com/article/news/las…

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