A Chinese businessman hired a hitman to take out a competitor for $282,800. That hitman hired another hitman (offering $141,000). That man hired another hitman, who hired another hitman, who hired another hitman. The fifth hitman simply asked the man to fake his death. live5news.com/2019/10/30/…
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 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…
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…
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 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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
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…
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…
Netscape's "Mozilla" actually stands for "Mosaic Killer", since Mosaic was the company's main competitor in the 1990s en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moz…
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…
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…
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%…
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_…
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…
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_…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Samsung, a direct competitor with Apple, actually provide many essential components in iPhones. investopedia.com/articles…
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…
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…
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…
Benjamin Franklin predicted and then faked a competitor's death to increase book sales of his Poor Richard's Almanac. When the person didn't die, Franklin published that someone had stolen his identity. benjamin-franklin-history…
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…
Price matching actually makes it easier for competitive companies to charge higher prices. By guaranteeing to match price, they lose less business to the competitor who is underpricing. This makes it so that the competing businesses can all start charging higher prices without as much risk. hbr.org/2012/10/why-price…
Kit Kat is produced globally by NESTLE, except in the US where it's made by their competitor HERSHEY en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kit…
Pistol deuling was an event in the 1908 Olympics, in which competitors would fire wax bullets at one another. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oly…
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…
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…
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…
Henry ford was once fired from the automaker bearing his name, the Henry Ford Company. The company was later renamed Cadillac and became part of General Motors, a modern competitor to Ford's next business venture, the Ford Motor Company. autoblog.com/2009/06/25/c…
One of the early competitors to early Christianity was a cult devoted to Emperor Hadrian's boy toy, Antinous en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
The 1904 Olympics included the Plunge for Distance, a competition to see how far you could dive and glide. USA took the first 5 places - there were no other competitors. swimmingworldmagazine.com…
During the video cassete format war there was a third competitor in Europe: Video 2000, made by Phillips en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vid…
'Big’s Backyard Ultra’ in Tennessee is a marathon which consists of a four-mile loop that is run continuously by competitors until only one is left. The longest distance recorded by a competitor in a backyard ultra event is 68 laps or 283.335 miles. Everyone else received a β€˜Did Not Finish’ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bac…
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…
There was a bull named Bodacious, often described as β€œThe World’s Most Dangerous Bull.” He was infamously known to incapacitate and injure rodeo riders, often crushing their facial bones with his signature power move. He was forced into retirement in 1995 for fear of injuring more competitors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bod…
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…
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…
The facial expressions we make are hardwired into our brains rather than learned during life. After comparing the expressions of sighted and blind athletes at the 2004 Olympic games, researchers concluded that both competitors showed or controlled their expressions in exactly the same way. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/healt…
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…
When the game Twister was first introduced in 1966, one of Milton Bradley’s competitors denounced the game & accused them of selling β€œsex in a box”, & Sears refused to put it in their catalog, deeming it inappropriate. But after Johnny Carson featured it on β€˜The Tonight Show’, sales skyrocketed. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
Banana slugs have both male and female sexual organs, and often play both roles during sex. Additionally one slug may bite the penis off of the other slug after sex, allowing that slug to only play the female role in future sexual encounters, essentially eliminating a male competitor. pugetsound.edu/academics/…
In the 1900 Summer Olympics held in Paris, Pigeon Shooting was an event, where actual live pigeons were used. Competitors had to shoot as many birds as possible; after missing two in a row, the shooter was eliminated. Nearly 300 birds were ultimately killed. britannica.com/list/5-unu…
Knowing he was the slowest competitor, Australian speed skater Steven Bradbury won gold at the 2002 Winter Olympics by cruising behind and simply avoiding group crashes in both the semi-final and final en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Today I learned about the mating plug: a gelatinous plug secreted by male animals (primates, reptiles, rodents e.t.c.) during copulation that seals off the female reproductive tract, making it difficult for other male competitors to mate with the same female. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
Despite its cult status, the Chevrolet Nomad's entire three-year production was outsold by its Ford competitor, the Del Rio, in just one year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
A competitor in the Olympics had his neck snapped in a wrestling match resulting in his death but also won the match posthumously as his opponent tapped out. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arr…
In response to Crystal Pepsi, Coca-Cola released Tab Clear, a built-to-fail competitor. The intentionally unpopular sugar-free drink confused consumers and both drinks were discontinued within a year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cry…
The Inuit play a traditional sport called Ear Pulling to test the competitors ability to endure pain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ear…
Today I learned that Link and Samus were going to be in the Wii version of Marvel Ultimate Alliance, but Nintendo were insulted when Raven software demonstrated this to them on competitor hardware, the PS2, and banned their inclusion didyouknowgaming.com/post…
At age 12, Jet Li won the Chinese National Wushu Championship in the 18+ division. The second and third place competitors were in there mid twenties. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jet…
The gold medal Steven Bradbury won when all the other competitors fell over was not his first Olympic medal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
"Tin Pan Alley" was a term used to refer to the popular music industry around 1900. The name came from the fact that musicians would fill their pianos with old newspapers to muffle the sound and prevent competitors from overhearing and copying their tunes, resulting in a "Tin Pan" sound. slate.com/articles/arts/c…
SpaceX doesn't bother to patent any of its technology because it just provides a roadmap for competitors to follow nasdaq.com/article/is-elo…
Today I learned about Cheese Rolling. Every year, during Spring, the South West England Gloucester region hosts the annual cheese-rolling event where people from far and wide travel to watch competitors launch themselves down a hill in pursuit of a round of cheese. youtu.be/FOz_NEr0aeY
Today I learned of chess boxing, a game in which competitors fight in alternating rounds of chess and boxing. This real competitive sport has 11 rounds and is won when an opponent is knocked out while boxing or is defeated in chess. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Today I learned about Alex Mullen, a memory competitor and American memory grandmaster, who set a world record in 2017 by memorizing 3,238 digits in the space of an hour by using the Sherlock-popularized memory palace. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
The world's first motor race -in 1887- was unsurprisingly won by Georges Bouton in his own Dion-Bouton vehicle. He was the only competitor. onthisday.com/articles/th…
Some restaurants tried no-tipping, where food prices were raised up to 20%, and ended up losing workers to tipping competitors. Workers earned less but pay was more stable. chicagotribune.com/busine…
, Gateway inc was acquired by acer in 2007 after having been a dominant player in the production of desktop computers. Due to failure to take on portable computers as quickly as it's competitors as well as a failure to supply businesses with its products. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gat…
Every year, the Canadian town of Nanaimo holds a bathtub race where competitors race through the harbor in boats made from bathtubs. globalnews.ca/news/387197…
Big companies use price announcements as a way of coordinating prices with competitors to avoid antitrust regulations. Airline, shipping, chemical, pharamceutical and telecoms firms have all used price announcements as a way to ensure competitors maintain market prices. bakermckenzie.com/en/insi…
Colonel Sanders was in a shootout with a local rival who killed a bystander. With his competitor convicted of murder, Sanders' first restaurant lost its competition. factually.gizmodo.com/no-…
Jameson sells more Irish Whiskey than all other Irish producers combined. Nearly half of all Jameson, $1.8 billion annually, is sold in the U.S., where it sells 13 times more whiskey than its closest competitor. vinepair.com/wine-blog/ye…
Today I learned about Speed Skydiving, where competitors try to achieve the fastest freefall speed and must reach 300 km/h (186 mph) just to qualify! The world record is over 500 km/h! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spe…
A 61-Year Old Potato farmer won a 544 Ultramarathon because he continued to run whilst the other competitors slept en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cli…
Today I learned of "Eddie the Eagle", an English skier who in 1988 became the first competitor since 1928 to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping, finishing last in the 70 m and 90 m events, He became the British ski jumping record holder en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edd…
Tour De France competitors need to consume 5,000 calories or more per stage of the race in order to maintain performance and health. Basically eating from sunrise to sunset. cyclingweekly.com/news/ra…
In 2009 a Belgian bodybuilding championship was canceled after doping officials arrived unannounced and all the competitors fled thinksteroids.com/news/20…
The Olympics have maintained a practice of subjecting female competitors to often humiliating gender tests including visual and physical genital inspection, hormone tests, and chromosome tests nytimes.com/2016/07/03/ma…
81% of all competitors at the 1904 Olympics were from the US...they won 239 medals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/190…
Today I learned of Cooper's Hill Cheese Roll, an event which takes place every May in Gloucestershire, England. Competitors will attempt to catch a large wheel of cheese which is rolled down an incredibly steep hill. There are casualties most years, and the grand prize you ask? You get to keep the cheese... radseason.com/event/coope…
Up until the 70s and 80s every competitor in the Olympics had to be an amateur, meaning they could not receive payment. Today, the only Olympic sports with no professional athletes are boxing and wrestling en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oly…
Robert Taylor, inventor of soap-in-a-pump-bottle (Softsoap), knew larger competitors like Colgate would try to copy his product. In order to ensure they couldn't copy him, he bought every small bottle hand-pump (100 million bottles) in the US. This resulted in a year of the market to himself en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sof…
Today I learned about Jeff 'Popeye' Dabe, a competitive arm wrestler with inexplicably large arms and hands. He is able to beat competitors without much technique or training. huffingtonpost.com/entry/…
Sony originally collaborated with Nintendo to make a CD based SNES console called the Nintendo PlayStation. However, Nintendo split ways with Sony shortly before completion, causing Sony to develop the PlayStation as an independent competitor. engadget.com/2015/11/06/n…
IBM was so powerful in 1983 that people feared that its PCjr home computer would destroy Apple, Commodore, and all other competitors. The PCjr became "one of the biggest flops in the history of computing". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM…
There was a bull named Bodacious, often described as β€œThe World’s Most Dangerous Bull.” He was infamously known to incapacitate and injure rodeo riders, often crushing their facial bones with his signature power move. He was forced into retirement in 1995 for fear of injuring more competitors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bod…
In the first Indianapolis 500,Ray Harroun,the winner of the race,won by not driving with a mechanic in his car. Instead,he installed something on his car that none of his competitors had; a rear view mirror. history.com/this-day-in-h…
Ranch dressing is named as it is because it was the signature dressing of the Hidden Valley Ranch in California and was imitated by competitors as "Ranch style." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
Sony stopped producing their VHS competitor Betamax tapes in 2016 bbc.co.uk/news/technology…
Executive Fred Thorlin, who while working with Bill Gates introduced a game to him, beat Bill 35 out of 37 times. When they met again a month later, Gates won or tied every game. "He had studied the game until he solved it. That is a competitor." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
Alcohol is a banned substance in competitive shooting because a small amount can relax a competitor and slow their heart rate without impairing reaction time and motor skills. dailynebraskan.com/sports…
British gunboats were having problems being lit on fire during World War II, so they designed a special diesel engine with the cylinders in a DELTA configuration. The engine worked so well, it is still in service 70 years later, and is half the size of its competitors. But just a 5th the weight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nap…
Kodak invented the first digital camera in 1975 and patented it in 1977, instead of marketing it they focused on their film business. Eventually their competitors who did market digital cameras drove them to bankruptcy. lens.blogs.nytimes.com/20…
The Strowger switch is the first automatic telephone exchange. Invented by Strowger, an undertaker after having difficulties with the local telephone operators-one of the manual telephone exchange operators was the wife of a competitor who was sending calls "to the undertaker" to her husband slate.com/blogs/the_eye/2…
During the early 19th Century France debated banning Tea because it was seen as a competitor to drinking wine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bou…
In 2011 a 30 year-old former delivery driver beat 53,000 competitors and won the PlayStation Gran Turismo Academy and launched his professional career as a race car driver. gtplanet.net/brian-heitko…
At the 1936 Olympic games, competitors from Liechtenstein were shocked to discover their flag was the exact same as Haiti's. Liechtenstein added a crown to their flag a year later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/193…
Telsa has a competitor producing hybrid trucks called Nikola en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nik…
When professional skateboarder Sergio Yuppie entered his first ever tournament, he wanted to find a way to stand out from the other competitors, so he found a smashed beer can, attached it to his helmet, and whilst performing a knee slide would drag his head across the pavement, creating sparks youtu.be/qu3I6qJp1Mg?t=3m…

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