Dave Thomas named the hamburger chain β€œWendy’s” after his daughter Melinda. Wendy was actually born Melinda Lou Thomas but her siblings had difficulty pronouncing her name and called her β€œWenda.” Thus, the nickname Wendy was born. people.com/food/why-wendy…
A one word article was the shortest ever published in the New York Times. The title: β€œWhen I’m Mistakenly Put on an Email Chain, Should I Hit β€˜Reply All’ Asking to Be Removed?” The entire article: "No." tvweek.com/tvbizwire/2016…
The creator of the Rainforest Cafe chain first tested out the concept in his house. He decorated it with 45 birds, 9 fish tanks, and many plants. He even set up fake thunderstorms. His neighbors thought he was crazy. adweek.com/galleycat/what…
The Statue of Liberty is walking, and has a broken chain at her feet thebattery.org/lady-liber…
When Richard the Lionheart got married, he was busy with the Crusades, so his bride came to Cyprus for the wedding. Richard then deposed the ruler of Cyprus, claiming the island for England. Richard wrapped the ruler in gold and silver chains, and presented him to the new queen as a wedding gift mentalfloss.com/article/5…
When Alice in Chains frontman Layne Staley was found dead in his condo, he was so emaciated after years of heroin addiction and health issues that he only weighed 39kg. He died on the anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lay…
Burger King launched a $40 million ad campaign in November 1985 called "Where's Herb?" The idea was to find a character named Herb who'd never been to BK. Other chains pointed out that if Herb wasn't at BK, it meant he probably liked other chains' burgers more. BK profits fell 40% in 1986. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whe…
Today I learned about Horatio Nelson Jackson who was the first person to drive across the continental United States and he did it for a $50 bar bet. It took him just over 2 months, having to replace most of the parts on his car. When he got it to Vermont from SF the Drive chain snapped pulling into the garage en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…
Jar of Flies by Alice In Chains was the first EP to ever debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The feat would not be repeated for another 10 years, when the Jay-Z/Linkin Park Collision Course EP did it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jar…
White Castle was the country’s first fast food chain when it opened in 1921 in Wichita, Kansas smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Street food in Vietnam is so available, fast and cheap that international fast food chains like McDonald’s flopped after entering youtu.be/l9pthhpd7So/
KFC is the largest restaurant chain in China, with 5,003 outlets as of 2015 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KFC
Today I learned about Hooters Air, an airline that was founded by the restaurant chain. It had seven operating planes and seventeen destinations and mainly operated in Myrtle Beach and Florida. It was closed in 2006 due to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita causing fuel costs to increase, as well as small attendance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoo…
IKEA has complete ownership over their supply chain of products, even growing theor own wood (forest ownership), and uses approximately 1 percent of all lumber usage globally. lovemoney.com/gallerylist…
In 1963, Nintendo began to experiment in other areas of business, including setting up a food company that sold instant rice (similar to instant noodles), a taxi company, and "love hotel" chain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Today I learned about Charles Blondin, a tightrope walker who walked across the Niagra Gorge numerous times. He made the journey backward, blindfolded, in a sack, somersaulting, locked in chains, on stilts, and carrying people on his back. On one occasion he even stopped halfway and cooked an omelette. ripleys.com/weird-news/gr…
Max Brooks, the author of "World War Z" and son of Mel Brooks, was invited to join the Modern War Institute at West Point as a non-resident fellow to write about non-military issues that could turn violent in the future, such as corporate control of the food chain. theguardian.com/books/202…
Rain chains are an alternative to downspouts and are more commonly found in Japan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai…
In a 1991 football match in Uruguay, a striker was wearing multiple gold chains. When he went up front for a corner, a defender pulled off one of the chains and put it in his sock. Neither the striker nor anyone else noticed, but TV cameras picked it up. At full time, the defender was arre-sted theguardian.com/football/…
Scientists found evidence that a natural nuclear reactor existed in Africa 2 billion years ago. There was a uranium deposit large enough to sustain a chain reaction. It was first noticed when a French power plant's uranium shipment from Africa had decreased levels of fissile uranium-235. scientificamerican.com/ar…
That, while McDonald's is famous for the Happy Meal, Burger Chef (opened in 1958 by Donald & Frank Thomas, who used McDonald's as their inspiration) was the fast-food chain that pioneered the kids' meal concept. First sold in 1973, their "Fun Meal" bundled burgers with a dessert and toy. businessinsider.com/burge…
, Big Kahuna Burger is a fictional chain of Hawaiian-themed fast-food restaurants that has appeared in films by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez, including Death Proof, Four Rooms, Pulp Fiction, From Dusk till Dawn, and Reservoir Dogs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
Alice In Chains started recording their album Dirt in LA the day the LA riots broke out. After guitarist Jerry Cantrell saw people being pulled out of their cars near him in traffic, the band fled for the Joshua Tree desert with Slayer singer Tom Araya until the riots were over. killerguitarrigs.com/jerr…
Today I learned of the Chain Test. For an arch to stand, it must fit into the mirrored shape generated by a chain. youtube.com/watch?v=JlL6Z…
Samuel Brannan was the richest person in California in the 1850s and 1860s, thanks to his chain of stores that sold goods to gold miners. His later investments all failed, and by 1887 he was penniless, and sold pencils door-to-door to raise money for a trip from Arizona to San Francisco pbs.org/wgbh/americanexpe…
U.S Highway 1 runs all the way through Florida and connects the island chain 30mi (50km) south of it by road! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S…
The Tick originated as a mascot for the newsletter of a chain of comic book stores in the Boston area en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tic…
A roast beef fast food chain originally went by the name JAX Roast Beef, then it was sold and changed to RIX Roast Beef, then sold and changed back to JAX Roast Beef, and then eventually changed to Rax Roast Beef, to be more suitable for franchising. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rax…
Today I learned of Modern Toilet restaurant, a small Taiwanese restaurant chain in which customers sit on toilets to eat, food is served in miniature toilet bowls, and drinks are served in miniature urinals. The tables are bathroom sinks with glass tops placed over them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mod…
The key to American victory in the Revolutionary War was the 75-ton β€œGreat Chain” that stretched across the Hudson River to prevent the British from moving inland. It was such an obstacle, they paid Benedict Arnold Β£20,000 for the plans to the Chain’s main defenses, at Fort West Point hvmag.com/life-style/hist…
Domino's pizza had offered a guaranteed 30 minute delivery time, or the pizza was free. This is how the pizza chain grew quickly. After many years, the drivers were sued for accidents. and the company ended that deal. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Water striders (pond skaters) are not just found in freshwater, but are the only insects that have successfully adapted to the open ocean. Increased floating plastics, has given ocean going pond skaters more nesting surface which could cause a disruption to the oceanic food chain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal…
The food court at Costco makes so much money selling pizza to hungry shoppers, it's ranked as the 14th largest pizza chain in the US - even beating out California Pizza Kitchen, among others businessinsider.com/costc…
There is a McDonald's in the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. The restaurant is only accessible to the base's personnel and the chain says it has no plans to open any other branches in Cuba. edition.cnn.com/2014/02/1…
In 1995, the Blockbuster video rental chain had more than 4,500 stores. The company made $785 million in profits on $2.4 billion in revenues: a profit margin of over 30 percent. Much of this profit came from "late fees" on overdue rentals smallbusiness.chron.com/m…
In the medieval ages book owners would chain their books to the shelves and curse them to prevent theft bookbindersmuseum.org/you…
Hermit crabs form β€œvacancy chains” when they find a shell that’s too big. They form a line from largest to smallest and exchange shells down the line. youtu.be/kcfDzvm3150
There is no "Missing Link" in Human Evolution. The term "missing link" has fallen out of favor with biologists because it implies the evolutionary process is a linear phenomenon and that forms originate consecutively in a chain. Instead, the term Last Common Ancestor is preferred. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
Today I learned about Kessler Syndrome, a scenario that a chain reaction of exploding space debris can end up making space activities and the use of satellites impossible for generations. newsbreak.com/news/148118…
In 2019, A&W became the first franchised restaurant chain to turn 100 years old businesswire.com/news/hom…
Today I learned of Franklin and Marshall, an Italian fashion chain that started when the founders randomly discovered a Franklin and Marshall College (small college in Pennsylvania) t-shirt in a London thrift store and loved the name en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Fast food chain KFC temporarily closed some branches in the UK due to a shortage of chicken supply. As an apology, they ran an ad that rearranged the letters on their chicken buckets to FCK. bbc.com/news/newsbeat-431…
Today I learned about Salps - a jellyfish relative. They asexually reproduce chains of clones who are all female, which then detach and breed sexually. After giving birth to a single asexual offspring they become male, while the offspring starts the cycle over. rnz.co.nz/national/progra…
Thanos's actor was originally Damion Poitier, who played and voiced Chains from the Payday franchise. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dam…
Dave Thomas, the founder of the successful fast food chain, Wendy’s, worked at KFC prior to Wendy’s and was responsible for the red and white striped chicken bucket design. thebalancesmb.com/dave-th…
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…
Famous DJ Steve Aoki is the son of the founder of the popular Japanese chain Benihana nymag.com/guides/money/20…
The Filipino fast food chain Jollibee actually had its own kids TV show in its native Phillipines, Jollitown, that ran from 2008 to 2013 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jol…
Today I learned about the remote island chain in the pacific called the Pitcairn Islands and how they have one settlement of about 50 people who are almost all decended from the mutineers of the HMS Bounty and the indiginous Tahitians the mutineers had with them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pit…
One of the most famous fast food chain in the world, which is McDonald's, was started by brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald, was created in 1940 as a "B-B-Q Restaurant" and Ray Kroc joined and expand the McDonald's company in 1954 historyoffastfood.com/fas…

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