Microsoft tried a 4-day workweek in Japan as part of a "Work Life Choice Challenge" by shutting down offices every Friday. Productivity, measured by sales per employee, increased by almost 40% compared to the same period the previous year. cnn.com/2019/11/04/tech/m…
Late in his reign as Emperor of China, Wu of Jin had over 5000 wives and concubines. Given this gluttony of choice, he let his goats decide whom he should spend the night with. He would ride on a cart drawn by the goats, and wherever the goats would stop, that's who he would have. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emp…
Whoopi Goldberg is the only person in the world to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony, and Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
Fans of Mass Effect trolled Bioware by sending them 400 cupcakes with the message "The cakes are vanilla, and so is all the icing... no matter what choice you make, it'll all have the same generic flavor." destructoid.com/stories/r…
In a promotional Volkswagon experiment, one randomized group of subway commuters was given the choice of regular stairs and the escalator while a second group could choose between musical "piano stairs" and an escalator. The piano stairs convinced 66% more people than normal to choose stairs. sites.psu.edu/siowfa15/20…
Anthony Michael Hall was the first choice to play the lead role of Private Joker in "Full Metal Jacket". Hall spent eight months preparing for the role but could not reach an agreement with Stanley Kubrick regarding monetary compensation, and was replaced by Matthew Modine. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Michael Jackson and Sting were Jim Henson's first choices for Jareth in Labyrinth, before his son Brian convinced him that David Bowie would be perfect smoothradio.com/artists/d…
Mithalal Sindhi, from the Indian city of Ahmedabad, has been hΠΎmΠ΅less by choice (so he will be easier to find) for over 50 years, and during that time has performed the last rites on more than 550 unclaimed bodies, each per their own religion, covering all the expenses from his own earnings kalamfanclub.com/mithalal…
Dolly Parton was the first choice to duet with Peter Gabriel on Don't Give Up. After Parton rejected the offer, Kate Bush was chosen. thequietus.com/articles/0…
Albert Einstein was awarded the Nobel Prize 1 year delayed in 1922 because the Awards Committee felt it was not worthy of a first round choice in 1921. Einstein was to be honored for his work defining the Photoelectric Effect. nobelprize.org/prizes/phy…
Today I learned about the Battle of DrΓΈbak Sound. Under cover of darkness, the Nazis sent their best ship to blockade Oslo, capture the king, and force Norway's surrender. It was foiled by a raggedy training fort and a bold decision to fire on the unidentified ships (video from movie, The Kings Choice) youtube.com/watch?v=YZ79i…
Keanu Reeves was a last choice for the role of "Neo" from The Matrix. Brad Pitt was first to accept before declining. Leonardo DiCaprio later accepted before declining. Others considered were Will Smith, Nicolas Cage, Sandra Bullock, Johnny Depp, Kevin Costner, David Duchovny, and Tom Cruise. yahoo.com/entertainment/t…
Robert Frost’s poem The Road Not Taken isn’t a celebration of choice and individuality - It’s actually the opposite. He wrote it sarcastically to make fun of an indecisive friend, and the poem actually asserts that the choice between the β€œtwo paths” doesn’t really make a difference at all. poets.org/text/road-not-t…
Dwayne Johnson was Tim Burton's second choice to play Willy Wonka in Charlie and The Chocolate Factory if Johnny Depp wasn't available. etonline.com/movies/14887…
In 2005, when Steve Jobs began planning the iPhone, he had a choice to either shrink the Mac or enlarge the iPod. Jobs pitted the Macintosh and iPod teams against each other in an internal competition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS
A study of quick-service-restaurant chain menus in 2016 had pizzerias offer both the most choice (Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen; 172 items) and the least choice (Little Caesars; 25 items) of all chains ranked. restaurantbusinessonline.…
Today I learned about Operation Whitecoat, a medical research program by the U.S. Army that allowed conscientious objectors to the Vietnam War to be infected with bacteria that were considered likely choices for a biological attack to test antibiotics. It ended, along with the draft, in 1973. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Tomb Raider was initially going to give players the choice of playing either a male or female protagonist. Lara Croft creator, Toby Gard, decided to scrap the male option after realizing having two player characters doubled the amount of work required for the cut-scenes and also preferred Lara. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
In Ancient Anatolia a queen's bodyguard named Gyges ascended to the throne of Lydia after the king offered to let Gyges sneak into his room to see the queen naked. The queen spotted Gyges, and the next day gave him a choice to kill the king or die. He killed the king and became king himself en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyg…
Today I learned about the "world's rudest, worst, most insulting waiter"β€”Edsel Ford Fong at the Sam Wo Restaurant in San Francisco, CA. Fong is known for seating people with strangers, criticizing customer's menu choices, slamming food on the table, and busing tables before people are finished eating. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eds…
The most requested song at British funerals is Monty Python's "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life". The comedy song beat out more traditional choices like "The Lord is My Shepherd" and "Abide With Me," as well as Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now". telegraph.co.uk/news/pict…
That when the public suggested names for the Borough merge of East Ham and West Ham in London (1965), the most popular choices were Hamsandwich, Smoked Ham, Hamsweetham and Hamstrung. citymonitor.ai/politics/a…
There exists a game called RPS-101, a variant of rock-paper-scissors with 101 choices instead of just 3. There are 5050 different outcomes. umop.com/rps101.htm
Ice Cream Sundae's were first created in the late 1800's to bypass "blue" laws outlawing ice cream soda's on Sunday, and instead served ice cream with the syrup of your choice without the soda, thereby complying with the law en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun…
Romanian orphanages have become the study subjects of choice for understanding the consequences of massive sensory, intellectual, and emotional deprivation in infants and children. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom…
Burger King is called ’Hungry Jack’s’ in Australia because some bloke in Adelaide already had a snack stand called Burger King and wouldn't change it, so BK gave Jack (the original franchisee) some choices on names and he chose Hungry Jack’s. news.com.au/lifestyle/foo…
Days before "Superman III" was going to start shooting, the director Richard Lester begged Christoper Reeves to return to his role as Superman, to save the movie from the producer's new choice for the role, Tony Danza. screenrant.com/superman-i…
Rats have empathy. When offered the choice of a tempting chocolate treat, or rescuing a drowning rat, they chose to rescue the drowning rat. bbc.co.uk/earth/story/201…
Fatboy Slim's "Weapon of Choice" has a lyric that references Frank Herbert's Dune, "Walk without rhythm/and it won't attract the worm", and that the "tone of my voice" line is a nod to the Fremen's voices being weapons with the Weirding Module. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wea…
Coca-Cola became Hitler’s drink of choice historyanswers.co.uk/hist…
When the Boston Patriots of American football moved to Foxboro, Mass., they originally tried to rename themselves the Bay State Patriots, which the NFL rejected. The New England Patriots was their backup choice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
Today I learned about Desmond Doss, a WWII medic who was teased for his choice to not harm the enemy or wield a weapon. He would go on to win the Medal of Honor for saving more than 50 men after a mortar attack, and the heroics were made into the award winning movie "Hacksaw Ridge". army.mil/article/183328/p…
In a 2019 survey of 18-to-34-year-olds, 37% of respondents said their choice of holiday destination was influenced by social media, and 31% said that posting holiday snaps online was just as important as the holiday itself theguardian.com/travel/20…
Kangatarianism is a vegetarian diet with the addition of kangaroo meat as a choice. It has environmental benefits because indigenous wild kangaroos require no extra land or water for farming and produce little methane. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kan…
When Southwest began using the motto "Just Plane Smart," Stevens Aviation, which had been using "Plane Smart," advised of infringing its trademark. Instead of a lawsuit, the CEOs staged an arm wrestling match. The loser paid to a charity of his choice and the winner claimed the motto. wikipedia.org/wiki/Southw…
A common variety of slime mold (which is comprised of many single cell organisms) is capable of solving mazes and having preferences. To accomplish this, the slime mold is believed to use a form of democratic-ranked-choice voting discovermagazine.com/mind…
The inventor of the transistor, William Shockley, "donated sperm to the Repository for Germinal Choice, a sperm bank founded... ...in hopes of spreading humanity's best genes. The bank, called by the media the "Nobel Prize sperm bank", claimed to have three Nobel Prize-winners." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
George Lucas' choice of John Williams as the composer for Star Wars was due to a recommendation from Steven Spielberg, who worked with Williams on the film 'Jaws' udiscovermusic.com/storie…
In the Better Call Saul episode "Bad Choice Road", more frequent commercial breaks were had early on to preserve the dramatic tension of its 16 minute final sequence. rollingstone.com/tv/tv-re…
In the Rock, Paper, Scissors game, on the first throw, paper is the best choice. Paper ties with paper and statistically, scissors is the least popular choice overall. Also, men favor rock. telegraph.co.uk/men/think…
Despite being a popular fad, Gluten-Free diet is not healthier for people who do not have gluten intolerance or allergy β€œFor the general population, the presence or absence of gluten alone is not related to diet quality. What’s important are the overall food choices made within a diet” gluten.org/resources/gett…
A man named David Phillips took advantage of a loophole in a 1999 Healthy Choice/American Airlines promotion where he purchased $3,000 worth of pudding in exchange for over one million American Airlines air miles gizmodo.com/how-an-engine…
Christopher Walken trained as a dancer and tap-dancer before starting his acting career. That's why he could dance so well in the 'Weapon Of Choice' music video. The music video won 6 awards at the MTV VMAs in 2001. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wea…
Four medical doctors, C. Limb, R. Limb, C. Limb, and D. Limb wrote a scientific article discussing the effect of name in career choices (Nominative determinism). publishing.rcseng.ac.uk/d…
Your brain makes up its mind up to ten seconds before you realize it, according to researchers. By looking at brain activity while making a decision, the researchers could predict what choice people would make before they themselves were even aware of having made a decision. nature.com/news/2008/0804…
Today I learned about Belgian pie thrower NoΓ«l Godin who's pied the likes of Bill Gates and Nicolas Sarkozy. His sworn enemies are "authority, depressing laws, the return of moral order, nuclear power, and any form of political power." His pie of choice is a simple whipped cream and chocolate on a soft sponge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No%…
AndrΓ© the Giant grew so fast that his own parents didn't recognize him. He left home at 14 and returned at 19, having already become a professional wrestler. As he explained his career choice, they realized they had seen him wrestle on TV under his alias, without knowing it was their son. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
The original choice for the capital city of Australia was Dalgety, a town of now only 205 people en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dal…
When Mike Merrill considered getting a vasectomy or moving in with his girlfriend, the choice wasn't his to make. It was instead left up to 805 people who'd purchased his life. Merrill, a private citizen, sold 11,823 shares of his life to complete strangers who now control his decisions. thehustle.co/mike-merrill…

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