Suzanne Somers was fired from 'Three’s Company' for asking for equal pay with her male co-star, John Ritter, who was earning five times her salary. biography.com/news/suzann…
Andre Tchaikowski, a Polish composer, donated his skull to the Royal Shakespeare Company, asking that it be used as a prop on stage. The skull was used as Yorick's skull in a 2008 production of Hamlet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
There are two seperate and incompatible power grids in Japan. East Japan (Tokyo) is powered by 50hz generators and West Japan (Osaka, Kyoto) is powered by 60hz. As early companies looked for AC current options, the east ordered their generators from Germany, the west ordered from America. japantimes.co.jp/news/201…
In 1980 the FBI formed a fake company and attempted to bribe members of congress. Nearly 25% of those tested accepted the bribe, and were convicted en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abs…
In 2008, McDonald's Japan paid 1,000 people to wait in line for the release of the Quarter Pounder in Osaka. People were paid $10 an hour to do this. 15,000 people gathered at the restaurant due to the fake crowd which caused people to accuse the company of trickery. factsanddetails.com/japan…
The founder of Old Bay seafood seasoning founded his own company after being fired by McCormick after two days on the job after they found out he was Jewish en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old…
A large number of major luxury sunglasses and prescription glasses brands, including Chanel, Ray-Ban, Versace, Giorgio Armani, Prada, and Burberry are manufactured by a single Italian company called Luxottica. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lux…
In 1953, Swanson overestimated the number of frozen turkeys that it would sell on Thanksgiving by 260 tons. The company decided to slice up the extra meat and repackage it--creating the first ever TV dinner. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
The former president of SEGA gave the company $730M as part of his dying will, in the form of stocks and debt forgiveness, covering the loss from the the Dreamcast failure. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/busin…
Colonel Sanders (which is a the highest honorary title in the State of Kentucky) of KFC fame sold his company in 1964 for only $2 million dollars ($17 million today). He remained as brand ambassador but complained the company had cut costs and made an inferior product than the early days. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
Costco's hot dog has remained $1.50 since it was first introduced in 1984. After the company president complained they were losing money on it, CEO Jim Sinegal put his foot down. "If you raise [the price of] the effing hot dog, I will kill you," Sinegal said. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Ashley Madison, a popular dating site for married people looking to have an affair, had so many fake accounts that in 2012 an employee tasked with creating these fake accounts sued the company due to "repetitive stress injury". The case settled out of court. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ash…
Baileys was invented in 1973 by a South African man, David Gluckman, working for a London marketing agency designing drinks for an Irish company. The name was inspired by a local restaurant, Baileys Bistro. irishtimes.com/culture/bo…
Twitter originally launched with the name Twttr. Later the company decided to change the name to Twitter but that domain name was already in use by someone else so the company paid $7,500 to purchase the name. businessinsider.com/how-t…
Today I learned about the Juicero, a $799 juice press, made with $1000 in parts. The company received $120M in venture capital. It only "pressed" $7 DRM-controlled pre-juiced juice bags (not fresh fruit). The packs were easily opened and emptied by hand. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jui…
In 2013 Detroit was so broke that they were unable to print out death certificates because they had not been able to pay the company that provided the special embossed paper on which they were printed, and subsequently ran out. huffpost.com/entry/detroi…
Coca-Cola makes most of its money from selling syrup to companies that manufacture and distribute their drinks and, as a result, it has a group dedicated to sending resources and experts to help any that are in financial trouble. This helps avoid image and logistical problems for the brand. investopedia.com/articles…
In April of 1996, Taco Bell announced in seven leading U.S. newspapers, including the New York Times, that the company had purchased the Liberty Bell to "reduce the country's debt" and renamed it the "Taco Liberty Bell". Outraged people were happy to hear that it was an April Fools Day prank. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tac…
In order to keep up its image, the Victoria's Secret company listed its address as being in London even though the company was actually headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
The company that produces the Jenga game initially wanted to change its name to "Timber!" or "Tumbling". This is because it didn't indicate how the game was played and people wouldn't know what it meant. The original creator refused because she thought the name would gain meaning later on. everything80spodcast.com/…
Companies such as Wholefoods, Starbucks, Microsoft, IBM make use of prison labour blog.globaltel.com/compan…
The Michelin Man is white is because rubber tires are naturally white. It wasn't until 1912 that companies started mixing carbon chemicals with the rubber to make black tires. This process is not an aesthetic change, but a structural one, making the tires stronger and durable. guide.michelin.com/us/en/…
The CIA established a front company run by Oliver North to outbid Marlon Brando for the rights to a script on the Iran-Contra scandal theconversation.com/amp/w…
A massive amount of the donations sent to clothing recycling companies and charities end up being exported and sold all over the world, heavily dominating local markets across Africa. theguardian.com/sustainab…
; The reason why medications have a foil seal on them was because of the Chicago Tylenol murders back in 1982. After the string of murders, drug companies began putting on tamper proof foil seals to prevent further tragedies.. arhsnewspaper.com/5757/ne…
Air conditioning wasn't invented for human comfort whatsoever, rather it was a solution to decrease humidity at a printing company having issues with too much moisture impacting the paper and ink. asme.org/topics-resources…
Paul Revere III, the great-great-great-great-grandson of the American Revolutionary War hero of the same name, currently serves as legal counsel for a copper manufacturing company which was founded by the original Paul Revere in 1801. romesentinel.com/stories/…
Apple Corp, holding company for the Beatles' record company, settled legally with Apple Computer five known times after repeated breaching of an agreement stating that Apple Computer would not enter the Music business en.wikipedia.org/wiki/App…
The camera company, Fujifilm, also makes skincare products because the CEO predicted that sales for their film would decrease with the rise of digital cameras. Chemicals they discovered earlier to prevent color fading in photographs are used to prevent sagging and fading skin now. jpninfo.com/104930
2-years after one of the Co-Creators of Tetris founded the Tetris Company and began profiting from the games license the other Co-Creator of Tetris murdered his wife and son and then slit his own throat after facing financial difficulties. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vla…
Today I learned about Raven the Chimpanzee, she became the 22nd most successful money manager on Wall Street after choosing her stocks by throwing darts at a list of 133 internet companies. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Paul Newman's friends loved his homemade salad dressing so much he started a company to sell it. That company, which now sells a variety of foods, gives 100% of its profits to charities. Newman never took any money and in just its first decade over 50 million dollars was given away. newmansownfoundation.org/…
Atari programmers met with Atari CEO Ray Kassar in May 1979 to demand that the company treat developers as record labels treated musicians, with royalties and their names on game boxes. Kassar said no and that "anyone can do a cartridge." So the programmers left Atari and founded Activision en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Act…
Basketball star Spencer Haywood chose $100k up front over a 10% stake in then young company Nike for endorsing their shoes. Today that 10% would be worth more than 8 billion dollars. fadeawayworld.net/2018/07…
Nikola, a company that alleged it had developed hydrogen-powered fuel cell batteries to power electric trucks, was short-sold by a firm named Hindenburg Research marketwatch.com/story/sho…
A German company made orchestral instruments from Perspex in the 1930s. The string instruments were too quiet for orchestras, but the flutes and clarinets were just as good as their metal or wooden equivalents. plexiglas.de/en/applicati…
A woman in France received a telephone bill of nearly 12 quadrillion euros. The phone company initially told her there was nothing they could do to amend the statement and offered to set up instalments to pay off the bill. Eventually, they admitted their mistake, and waived it altogether bbc.com/news/world-europe…
In the late 1990s, a company secretly filmed hundreds of college wrestlers, football & squash players undressing and showering for videos like "Lockertime" and "Straight Off the Mats." 46 athletes sued Franco Productions (which did not appear in court) and were each awarded $11 million. abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?…
There are at least 3 companies operating under some form of the name WHATABURGER or What-A-Burger. There is the Texas based company, Virginia based, and a third based in the Carolinas. They sued each other in the early 2000's and a result of the lawsuits was that all 3 could keep using the name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wha…
Chuck E. Cheese was originally going to be named "Rick Rat's Pizza" and company founder, Atari's Nolan Bushnell, had to be talked out this potential PR disaster. showbizpizza.com/ptp/char…
M&Ms were inspired by soldiers' rations during the Spanish Civil War. Forrest Mars Sr. of the Mars Company observed British volunteers eating chocolate beads encased in a hard sugar shell (Smarties), which prevented melting. By WWII M&Ms were produced & sold exclusively to the military. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%2…
Fruit punch was invented as an alternative to beer by men working for the British East India Company. This is because the beer on their ships went bad when they reached the Indian Ocean. They ended up using rum, fruit, and spices available in their new location to create punch. history.com/news/the-surp…
Heroin was a brand name owned by German pharmaceutical company Bayer from 1898 to 1910. narconon.org/drug-informa…
Red Gold Tomatoes company consumes 95% of the tomatoe crop in Inidiana & 80% all tomatoes in the Midwest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
Target has a forensics lab that's so advanced that the company regularly helps police departments free of charge. mprnews.org/story/2011/10…
The first person killed on 9/11 was computer science expert Daniel Lewin. Levin was stabbed to death by hijackers on American Airlines Flight 11. The company he founded, Akamai Technologies, is now worth almost $3 billion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aka…
The construction of the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe was put on hold for a while after they realized that the graffiti-resistant coating was being sourced from the same company the Nazis bought their Zyklon B from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mem…
Paula Deen (of deep-fried cheesecake and doughnut hamburger fame) kept her diabetes diagnosis secret for 3 years. She also announced she took a sponsorship from a diabetes drug company the day she revealed her condition. eater.com/2012/1/17/66221…
Today I learned of People Walking, a Los Angeles, CA service where you can hire people to walk with you, motivate you, walk you home, listen to your problems and keep you company all while walking about! people.com/bodies/we-trie…
In 2011, a Japanese company released a motorcycle that runs on "biogas" - human faeces - with the seat featuring a built-in toilet, and a giant roll of toilet paper mounted at the rear end. The motorcycle can also play music, write messages in the air using residual light imagery, and talk cnet.com/news/toilet-moto…

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