Australian comedian Hamish Blake won the heavyweight category in the 2011 New York State Body Building competition after entering as a joke, as he was the only competitor heavy enough to qualify for his weight category youtu.be/w86vPvXu75I
In 1913, The Daily Mail suspected its competitor The Daily Standard was copying its news stories. The Daily Mail published a hoax article claiming the SS Waratah had been discovered in Antarctica. The Daily Standard also published the story and added a statement from the harbourmaster en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_…
Competitors of Gucci used to send Gucci handbags to Snooki of the Jersey Shore as a counter branding measure to avoid her being seen with their own brand’s merchandise. racked.com/2010/8/18/7790…
During the peak of the cold war, one of the tasks given to Niel Armstrong was to place two Soviet medals on the moon to honour their fallen Soviet competitors. theconversation.com/apoll…
Today I learned of the Great Australian Camel Race. Held in 1988 and with a route of 3,236 km (2,011 mi) the event attracted 69 competitors including Australia's elite Special Air Service Regiment. They finished 2nd to a man called Gordon O'Connell. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Benjamin Franklin attempted to predict the death of his competitor, Titan Leeds. When Leeds was still alive he posted an obituary anyways. When Leeds challenged it, Franklin insisted he was an imposter. When Leeds died in 1738 Franklin publicly commended the impostors for ending their charade en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tit…
Today I learned of one of the most dominant competitors of all time, Australian squash player Heather McKay. McKay only lost two games in her career, going undefeated from 1962 to 1981, winning 16 British Opens, 2 World Opens and various national titles. squashinfo.com/players/23…
On 2 April 1993, Philip Morris caused their stock price to fall 26% after announcing a 20% price cut to Marlboro cigarettes to fight back against generic competitors. Investors interpreted the price slash as an admission of defeat and the event became known as Marlboro Friday. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I learned of Jochen Rindt, who is the only Formula 1 driver to posthumously win the Driver's World Championship. After competitors failed to score enough points after his death to beat him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joc…
Today I learned about IvΓ‘n FernΓ‘ndez Anaya, a long distance runner who saw his competitor Abel Mutai slow down before the finish line due to a mistake. Instead of overtaking him to claim first place, he told/showed Abel the error and came second to him in an amazing display of sportsmanship. fairplayinternational.org…
The Titanic only had three functioning smokestacks, and the fourth one was fake. The builders of White Star Line added the extra funnel to make it look more powerful, like the already-famous Lusitania of their competitor, Cunard Line. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fou…
Today I learned about extreme dog grooming, where competitors cut and dye dog fur into pictures and designs. fastcompany.com/3027906/t…
Suzy Favor Hamilton, multiple time US champion and Olympic competitor in running, later worked as an escort prostitute, due to misdiagnosed bipolar disorder. After this was publicised, an award for Female Athlete of the Year named in her honour was renamed, and she lost her Nike sponsorship en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suz…
Today I learned of Pete Goss; A British yachtsman who turned back during the 1996 Vendee Globe race to save a fellow competitor, Raphael Dinelli. Goss sailed into hurricane force winds for two days to reach Dinelli; who was said to have been clutching a bottle of champagne when he was pulled from the sea en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
The reason Canadian Club whisky has "Canadian" in its name is because American competitors petitioned for this addition. However, it didn't hinder the beverage's popularity - in fact, after the renaming Canadian Club became more popular. canadianaconnection.com/2…
The official rulebook of wife-carrying states that the woman that a male competitor is carrying does not have to be his actual wife - the rulebook allows carrying a wife that is "your own, or the neighbour's, or you may have found her further afield". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wif…
Today I learned about Product 19. A cereal that was made by Kellogg's as a competitor to General Mills' Total cereal, by providing 100% daily amounts of various minerals and vitamins. It existed from 1967-2016 and was named simply due to being the 19th version of that cereal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
After Boeing pressured the US Government to impose a 300% tariff on imports of Bombardier CSeries planes, Bombardier sold a 50.01% stake in the plane to Boeing's main competitor, Airbus, for 1 Canadian dollar. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
The dubstep violinist and dancer Lindsey Stirling was a competitor on America's Got Talent, where she was told by the judges that she wasn't good enough to both dance and play at the same time, and that she'd have more success as part of a group en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
Purse makers didn't want Snooki From "Jersey Shore" carrying their purses, so they sent her new purses, from their competitors, for free. today.com/popculture/repo…
KMart used to have their own dial up internet service called BlueLight Internet. The service was cheaper than the major competitor at the time, AOL, and offered customers unlimited service and no banner advertisements. transformco.com/press-rel…
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_…
Following the buyout of K.F.C in 1971, Colonel Sanders disliked their food so much that he developed plans to franchise β€œThe Colonel’s Lady’s Dinner House” restaurant (which he opened with his wife in Kentucky, in 1968) as a competitor. Followed by Sanders suing the new owners for $122 million. history.com/news/8-facts-…
Today I learned about Skarping, an extreme fishing sport where competitors waterski through Asian-carp-infested rivers armed with tridents, swords, and basketball hoops firstwefeast.com/eat/2015…
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…
When Crystal Pepsi was released, Coca-Cola released a competitor called Tab Clear, however Tab Clear was intentionally marketed poorly in order to hurt Crystal Pepsi's image by product association. The "born to die" strategy was successful and both campaigns were dead 6 months later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cry…
Today I learned of the Finnish sport of wife carrying, in which male competitors race while carrying a female teammate through a special obstacle track. The Wife Carrying World Championships are held annually in SonkajΓ€rvi, Finland, and the prize is the wife's weight in beer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wif…
In the Ancient Greek Olympics, competitors found cheating were fined. The money would pay for a statue of Zeus with a plaque shaming the offender, and placed on the road to the stadium. theatlantic.com/news/arch…
Lyme disease was not as common in the past as it is now, and its prevalence is actually due to an explosion in the white-footed mouse population at the turn of the 20th century. This in turn coincides with the extinction of the mouse's primary ecological competitor: the passenger pigeon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pas…
In 1975 Otrag, a West-German company, developed cheap transport rockets. The USSR became nervous, and American corporations concerned about low-cost competitors. American media came to use crude Soviet propaganda to sabotage them, making Otrag evicted from their Congolese base (more in comments) astronautix.com/o/otrag.h…
Anarcho-capitalism is a thing and .... "In an anarcho-capitalist society, law enforcement, courts & all other security services would be operated by privately funded competitors selected by consumers rather than centrally through "confiscatory" taxation." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ana…
Netscape's "Mozilla" actually stands for "Mosaic Killer", since Mosaic was the company's main competitor in the 1990s en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moz…
Today I learned about the "Gauge War" in Great Britain. Competing widths of railroad tracks led to groups excluding competitors from their territories. To unify the system Parliament choose Narrow Gauge as the new Standard, which is now used by over half of the world's railroads. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gau…
Today I learned of "Big's Backyard Ultra" a last man standing marathon, where competitors run around a 4.1667 mile loop until only one remains. Last year's winner ran a record-setting 68 laps (283.3356 miles) in 55 hours, 23 minutes. Everyone but the winner is designated DNF. outsideonline.com/2358936…
Kit Kat is produced globally by NESTLE, except in the US where it's made by their competitor HERSHEY en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kit…
Today I learned of Luz Long - German competitor against Jesse Owens in the 1936 Olympics. Owens was later quoted saying " You can melt down all the medals and cups I have and they wouldn't be a plating on the twenty-four karat friendship that I felt for Luz Long". Owens was the best man at his son's wedding. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luz…
Today I learned about kyōtei - literally "Boat Race" - which is one of only four 'public sports' that you can legally bet on in Japan. It's been called "Japan's NASCAR". Competitors are randomly given a boat and motor and they then have a period of time where they can tune it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ky%…
Colonel Sanders was involved in a shootout with Matt Stewart, a local competitor, over the repainting of a sign directing traffic to his station. Stewart killed a Shell employee who was with Sanders and was convicted of murder, eliminating Sanders's competition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
Apple ran a full page ad in the Wall Street Journal in 1981 welcoming IBM to the desktop computer market. Even though IBM would become Apple's biggest competitor, Apple felt that IBM's entry into the PC market would legitimatize the industry and ultimately help Apple. inc.com/bill-murphy-jr/37…
The 24 Hours of Le Mans traditionally begins with a "standing start", where drivers run to their car. Feeling this type of start was unsafe, Jacky Ickx opposed it by walking across the track while his competitors ran. He was nearly hit by a car, and another was killed. Ickx won the race. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/24_…
M&M's were originally asked to be included in E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. After Mars (The company that makes M&M's) refused, their competitor Hershey was asked, and Reese's Pieces were added to the movie instead, resulting in Reese's Pieces sales going up as much as 300% en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%2…
Pistol deuling was an event in the 1908 Olympics, in which competitors would fire wax bullets at one another. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oly…
Today I learned of The World’s Biggest Liar competition held in England, where competitors had five minutes to tell the biggest lie they could. santonbridgeinn.com/the-w…
Despite the Ford Pinto's reputation as a deathtrap, it actually had accident death rates on par with competitor cars, and its risk of "fatal accidents accompanied by some fire" was average for all cars and lower than average for its class. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
After competitive Hot Dog eating, the weiners don't get fully digested in the competitors' stomachs. Miki Sudo, 6 time female winner of the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, described it as "what people think of when you think of corn passing through your system." maxim.com/entertainment/j…
The Australian rower Bobby Pearce once stopped during a rowing race in the 1928 Olympics to allow a family of ducks pass, and still won out of eight competitors in that round en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
Digimon, despite it's perception as a failed Pokemon competitor, s one of the highest grossing media franchises, exceeding Minecraft, Shrek, Game of Thrones, Resident Evil, Mortal Kombat, Candy Crush, Friends, Assassin's Creed, and the Big Bang Theory with a gross profit of 6.36b dollars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The inventor of automatic telephone switching was an undertaker named Almon Strowger who created it because the wife of his competitor was the town operator who directed any calls for an undertaker to her husband rather than Strowger. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alm…
Colonel Sanders of KFC fame was the owner of a Shell gas station/restaurant in the '30s and it was during this period of his life that he was involved in a gunfight, with a local competitor, that ended up killing a man. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
Today I learned of the World's Biggest Liar event, an annual competition for telling lies held in Cumbria, England. Competitors have five minutes to tell the most convincing lie they can, and politicians and lawyers are banned because "they are judged to be too skilled at telling porkies." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wor…

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