In 2007 American Astronaut Steven Swanson brought DVD copies of the show Firefly and it's movie sequel Serenity to the ISS, where they remain permanently for the crew's entertainment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
A California man found an unopened copy of a 1987 Nintendo game called Kid Icarus in his mom's attic. It was still in the original shopping bag along with a receipt showing it cost $38.45. He later sold the game at auction for $9,000. cnbc.com/2019/08/06/vinta…
Before lending his song In Your Eyes to the film Say Anything, Peter Gabriel asked to see the movie. He was sent a copy, and Gabriel approved the use of his song, but said he was uneasy about the main character’s overdose at the end; the studio had mistakenly sent him the film Wired instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_…
The British Library must store one copy of every single book published in the UK and Ireland. It houses over 200,000,000 publications, adds 6 miles (9.65 km) of new shelf space a year, and receives over 8000 new publications each day en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
Elephants rarely get cancer because they have extra copies of two cancer-fighting genes: P53, which hunts for cells with miscopied DNA, and LIF6, which obliterates the mutated cells before they can form a tumor. sciencemag.org/news/2018/…
The "Chameleon Effect" is how people subconsciously copy other people. This mainly includes accents, facial mannerisms, and vocal inflections. People who can hear and separate musical notes are more susceptible to the Chameleon Effect, they also come across as more empathetic or nice to others. spinalresearch.com.au/513…
Alfred Hitchcock was so afraid of Psycho being spoiled ahead of time that he bought up as many copies of the original novel as possible. He also insisted that cinemas (for the first time) schedule screening times, sell tickets for those screenings, and not let anyone in after the film started. syfy.com/syfywire/firsts-…
The oldest surviving copy of the Book of Revelations lists the number of the beast as 616 not 666. independent.co.uk/news/uk…
Git-hub, a code hosting platform is protecting priceless open-source codes by storing multiple copies in archival facility 250 meters deep in the permafrost of an Arctic mountain to last at least 1,000 years so that future historians can find it ! archiveprogram.github.com…
The band Genesis' debut psychedelic rock album "From Genesis to Revelation" was a huge flop, selling only 650 copies, mainly because record stores incorrectly placed the album in their "religious" section en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fro…
The book titled 20 Slices doesn't use paper for its pages. It's made of cheese. It has become trendy among college librarians to acquire it for their academic collections. Some copies get stored not on regular bookshelves but instead in the staff fridge. atlasobscura.com/articles…
In March 2006 a man purchased an authentic official copy of the Declaration of Independence, one of 200 β€œofficial copies” commissioned by John Quincy Adams in 1820, for $2.48 at a Nashville, TN thrift shop. It later sold for $477,650 at auction. deseret.com/2007/6/22/200…
The last remaining copies of hundreds of silent movies made by Fox and MGM were permanently destroyed during two vault fires (1937 and 1965); including entire collections of some of the greatest actors and directors of the silent era. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/193…
Today I learned about the 1972 Magnavox Odyssey, the first home video game system. Although selling only about 350,000 copies, Magnavox and its creators made over $100 million from lawsuits over patent violations including the console and its popular game Table Tennis which was duplicated by Atari's Pong. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mag…
Cartoon character Betty Boop was a complete visual and vocal copy of singer/actress Helen Kane, AKA the "Boop Boop a Doop girl." Kane sued over theft of her image but lost when it was discovered she had copied her own act from a Harlem jazz singer, Baby Esther. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
Nicolas Cage's copy of Action Comics #1, featuring the first appearance of Superman and worth $2 million, was stolen from his house and found in an abandoned storage locker 11 years later. hollywoodreporter.com/hea…
In 2016 when Kyrgyzstan sought to amend their constitution, they couldn't find their official copy of it newsweek.com/kyrgyzstan-a…
In Norway, when book is published, Arts Council Norway purchases 1,000 copies for distribution to libraries – 1,500 copies if it’s a children’s book. norway.no/en/india/norway…
In 1999, an alleged prank from the 1970s made Disney recall 3.4 million copies of the videotape of the animation film the 'rescuers', as the movie showed frames of a topless woman, which were 'hidden' in a scene during postproduction more than 20 years earlier snopes.com/fact-check/the…
The Indian musicians who played on Sgt Pepper each received Β£20 per session. The album had sold 32 million copies. irishnews.com/magazine/en…
Haruki Murakami wrote his first novel "Hear the Wind Sing" entirely by hand and then on a whim sent the only copy of the manuscript to be considered for a literary magazines new-writers prize. He went on to win the prize. telegraph.co.uk/books/aut…
Tom Petty's first solo album, "Full Moon Fever", which sold over five million copies, spawned five hit singles, and had collaborations with rock legends (George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison) was initially rejected by MCA Records because the top executive didn't hear any good songs pitchfork.com/reviews/alb…
In 1941 people in Northern California and Southwestern Oregon started a push to form a new US State called Jefferson. The counties for a couple weeks would "secede every Thursday," using rifles to interdict drivers on Route 99 and hand them copies of their proclamation of independence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jef…
"The Pocket Book of Boners" (1941), by Dr. Seuss, was one of the best selling books of WWII with over 1.34 million copies in print by 1945. It is a compilation of four books in the Boners Series: "Boners" (1931), "More Boners" (1931), "Still More Boners" (1931), and "Prize Boners" (1932). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev pressured writer Boris Pasternak to decline a Nobel Prize for Literature, after publishing his banned novel Doctor Zhivago. After retirement, Khrushchev obtained a copy of the novel and stated, "We shouldn't have banned it. I should have read it myself." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nik…
Lars Larsen, late owner of Jysk (a Dutch furniture company) has sent a free copy of his self-published book to every Danish household, and thus, effectively made it the number one book in Denmark. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lar…
Today I learned of the 1937 Fox vault fire, in which 40,000 films were destroyed. 75% of all 20th Century Fox films from before 1930 were lost. There are actors for whom not a single copy of a single one of their films survive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/193…
In fiscal year 2013 the IKEA Catalogue was printed in more than double the amount of copies than the Bible, despite only appearing in 43 countries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IKE…
On New Order’s first pressing of their hit single Blue Monday, the record label actually lost 20 cents for every copy sold due to the intricately designed packaging, totaling a loss of near $100,000. uk.news.yahoo.com/backspi…
In spite of rumours of their enemity, Salieri and Mozart composed together a four-minute piece of music, that was considered lost until a copy was found in 2015 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
Mad Magazine was threatened with a lawsuit after their parody of The Empire Strikes Back. The matter was dropped after Mad publisher Bill Gaines sent the lawyers a copy of a letter from George Lucas praising the satire en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad…
In 1984, an anti-cruise missile activist poured red paint on the only good copy of the Canadian Constitution. He was subsequently sentenced to 89 days in weekend jail. cbc.ca/archives/entry/198…
The first album to sell over a million copies was Calypso by Harry Belafonte nydailynews.com/entertain…
A then unknown Bob Dylan starred in the television play β€œMadhouse on Castle Street” on the BBC in 1963. It was later junked and no copies have survived. It is considered a lost artwork. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad…
Agatha Christie kept a copy of the ABC railway guide beside her telephone and that's where she got the idea for "The ABC Murders". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A Killer Whale learned to mimic human words such as 'Hello' and 'Bye Bye.' The first of its kind to copy human speech. Whales and Dolphins are among the few animals other than humans which can learn to produce sound simply by hearing them. bbc.co.uk/news/science-en…
19th century Swiss watchmakers used to copy American watches and make 'superfakes' of American brands techcrunch.com/2017/12/03…
Japanese schoolgirl uniforms today were modeled after 1870s era Prussian Sailor uniforms when industrialized countries sought to copy Prussian compulsory education and military after the Franco-Prussian War in 1871 japanpowered.com/japan-cu…
Early versions of Microsoft Word included copy protection mechanisms that tried to detect debuggers, and if one was found, it produced the message "The tree of evil bears bitter fruit. Only the Shadow knows. Now trashing program disk." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Ravens are extremely intelligent birds that can be taught how to copy the human speech a bit. youtube.com/watch?v=AfsnH…
The only full copy of Game 7 of the 1960 World Series (featuring Bill Mazeroski's famous walk-off home run) is from a recording on Bing Crosby's TV. Crosby co-owned the Pittsburgh Pirates and believed he was a jinx, so he hired a company to record the game on his TV while he listened from Paris. mlb.com/cut4/bing-crosby-…
Walt Disney was once filmed physically performing the role of Mickey Mouse as a reference for the animators of a 1930s short. Sadly, no known copies of the footage exist. lostmediawiki.com/Walt_Di…
Today I learned of Giuseppe Castiglione, an Italian Jesuit missionary to China who became the court artist of the Qing Emperors. Rather than just force European art on the Chinese or copy Chinese styles, Giuseppe blended the two styles together, which created an entirely new fusion painting style in Chinese art en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giu…
The Tragically Hip song, "Fifty Mission Cap" is credited with single handedly reviving the memory of Toronto Maple Leaf's Defenceman Bill Barilko and is so important to the team that they have a copy of hand written lyrics in the player's lounge and use the song at nearly every home game. cbc.ca/news/canada/toront…
In the 70s, Stephen King published several books under a pseudonym, partly to test whether his fame was due to luck or talent: β€œThinner did 28,000 copies when Bachman was the author . . . 280,000 when Steve King became the author . . . might tell you something, huh? constantreaders.org/home/…
Norman Rockwell's Rosie the Riveter is using a copy of Mein Kampf as a foot rest. youtube.com/watch?v=-HRMr…
Lobsters have the enzyme called "telomerase" which stops DNA strands called "telomeres" from damage as new cells are made. Other organisms' telomeres erode with age, but lobsters can theoretically live forever, because their ability to create perfect copies of cells never erodes. telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne…
In the early days of Harvest Moon, if you wanted to play as a girl you had to buy a whole separate copy! Plus you had to wait a year and hope you lived in Japan at the time... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
The oldest occurrence of the word "fuck" in adjectival form in English comes from the margins of a 1528 manuscript copy of Cicero's De Officiis. A monk had scrawled in the margin notes, "fuckin Abbot". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuc…
Online piracy drove Epic Games to stop making PC games from 2006 to 2012. In 2006, for every bought copy of a PC game, there were 10 pirated ones. So Epic Games went console-only. dsogaming.com/news/epic-g…
The 1983 United States Invasion of Grenada was planned using a tourist map and a copy of The Economist militarytimes.com/veteran…
The phrase "Keep calm and carry on" was originally coined by the British in 1939 to boost the morale of the public in preparation of mass air attacks on cities during WW2. A copy of the original poster was discovered in 2000, and since then, it has become trending once more. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kee…
In 2005 Sony BGM released copy protection measures on 22 millions CDs that was classified as 'spyware' and installed itself on user's computers without permission causing a wide range of security and provacy concerns fsfe.org/activities/drm/s…
In the 1990s, an issue of the popular The Amazing Spider-Man that sold around 70,000 would be considered a failure. These days, what counts as a successful superhero book is anything that can sell a regular 40-60,000 copies. Most sell quite a bit less. theatlantic.com/entertain…
Some DVD copies of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" include a subtitle track called "Subtitles For People Who Don’t Like The Film", which is comprised of lines from Shakespeare's Henry IV Part 2 which vaguely resemble what the actors are actually saying edevere17.com/2016/05/12/…
In 2011, Criminals in France stole over 6000 copies of Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 from trucks delivering them to game stores. They later did it again on the same day. engadget.com/2011-11-06-r…
The Walter Reade Organization mistakenly omitting the logo Β© when renaming George A. Romero's originally titled "Night of the Flesh Eaters" made Night of the Living Dead public domain. Thus, we'll never know how much the film made worldwide from all its unapproved showings, copies and sales. indiefilmhustle.com/night…
Dimebag Darrel, former lead guitarist of Pantera, asked Eddie Van Halen if he could have a copy of the "Bumblebee" that appears on the back cover of Van Halen II. Eddie said yes, but never got around to it. After hearing the news of Dimebag's death, he had the original buried with Darrel. guitarplayer.com/players/…
In the northeast Indian state of Manipur, separatist movements have banned mainstream Indian culture like Bollywood. This has led many youth to take to K-pop instead, largely through pirated copies smuggled from Myanmar. Korean phrases are also becoming increasingly common in the local dialect. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K-p…
The schoolchildren who sang "we don't need no education" in Pink Floyd's song "Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2" (1979) initially were not paid for their efforts. They were eventually given copies of the album, and the school received a Β£1,000 donation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A 'stereotype' was originally a plaster-cast copy of a block of typeset letters, that printers could use to reprint unchanged text (for example books) without having to re-set the type from scratch en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Today I learned about The Day The Clown Cried, directed and starring Jerry Lewis about a clown sent to a concentration camp. The ambitious 1972 film was plagued by problems in production and was never finished. Lewis' son donated an incomplete copy to the Library of Congress but won't be shown until 2025. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned of Killswitch, an urban legend of a game supposedly with only 5000 copies that would self-delete after completion kotaku.com.au/2016/07/the…
The only known copy of the first ever Super Bowl is unavailable for public view. The tape is currently tied up in a legal battle between its owner and the NFL. foxnews.com/media/first-s…
Astronaut Tom Jones carried a copy of Arthur C. Clarke's "2001: A Space Odyssey" into space during a shuttle mission in 2001. The astronauts read the book in their spare time and discussed which of 2001’s technologies had arrived airandspace.si.edu/storie…
At the end of WW2 30,000 copies of Munro Leaf's 'The Story of Ferdinand' were given out to German children in order to encourage peace. It had previously been banned under Hitler. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Jim Croce's first album, Facets, was financed by his parents for $500. His parents hoped it would fail so that he would continue his education. Instead, he sold every copy and made a profit of $2500. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fac…
β€˜The Drinking Man’s Diet’ was the 1960s ancestor to Atkins and paleo. It was based on the observation that alcoholics dranks thousands of calories per day and actually lost weight. It became one of the most popular diets of the decade, selling 2.4 million copies. The author lived 98 years. timeline.com/drinking-man…
Today I learned about CorΓ­n Tellado, a Spanish author who wrote more than 4.000 novels during a six-decade career. She sold more than 400 million copies worldwide, and in 1962 Unesco declared her the most-read Spanish author, alongside Miguel de Cervantes. theguardian.com/world/201…
JFK’s senior thesis, which defends Britain’s pre-WWII actions, actions JFK’s father, Ambassador to Britain at the time, supported, sold 80000 copies. Political theorist Harold Laski declined writing a foreword, stating the book was immature and only being published because of the writer's father en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Why…
Thomas Jefferson had a copy of a 1734 edition Qu'ran in his private library. Historians believe he bought the book while studying law to better understand Islam’s influence on some of the world’s legal systems. smithsonianmag.com/smiths…
A cell phone contains 10 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. Recent studies have found 17,000 bacterial gene copies on phones and also that Americans check their phones about 47 times per day. time.com/4908654/cell-pho…
CIA actively promoted the great Russian poet and writer Boris Pasternak's masterclass novel Doctor Zhivago by purchasing/distributing copies and publishing a Russian version. This led to Pasternak winning the 1958 Nobel Prize in Literature, but was forced by the government to decline it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doc…
The most expensive video game ever sold is a rare version of Super Mario Bros. that sold for $100,150 in 2019. Only one copy is believed to exist in unopened condition. businessinsider.com/most-…
One of the rarest books on earth is a complete copy of The Gutenberg Bible. There are only 21 in existence and the only copy held outside of North America and Europe is in Tokyo. It was last sold in 1978 and if one became available it could easily fetch up to $40 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gut…
Quine is a self-reproducing program, where it has no input, but its output is an exact copy of itself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qui…
A 1631 edition of the Bible published by the royal printers of London caused an uproar when it was found that the Ten Commandments included β€œthou shalt commit adultery.” Most copies of this Wicked Bible were found and ordered destroyed; the few that survived are highly sought by collectors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wic…
A man found a copy of the declaration of independence in an old picture frame he bought for $4 at a yard sale. It turned out to be a first print from the 4th July 1776. It later sold for $2.42 million, then $8.14 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phy…
The first pro-gay film in the world was a 1919 German film called β€œDifferent from the Others”. It was created as a protest against German laws that criminalised homosexuality. The Nazis destroyed most prints of the film, and only one known copy has survived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dif…
Danielle Steel has sold over 600 million copies, outselling such iconic authors such as Stephen King and J.K. Rowling en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Mario Party 8 was recalled in the UK supposedly because some copies included the word "spastic" which is highly offensive in the UK. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Saddam Hussein wrote a romance novel which sold a million copies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zab…
Final Solution, a 2003 Indian film allowed a Pirate-and-Circulate campaign in protest against its ban by censor board (Get-a-free-copy-only-if-you-promise-to-pirate-and-make-5-copies). Over 10,000 CDs of the film were distributed and the director uploaded the movie to Vimeo during the campaign. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fin…
Wet Wet Wet lead Marty Pellow had their hit song Love is All Around removed from sales not long after going to the cinema and hearing someone say "God, not that song again!" as the Four Weddings trailer played, it was still selling 120k copies/week when it was pulled 3.5 months after release. theguardian.com/culture/2…
Pablo Escobar's Holding Company Sells a Fold-able Phone Which Comes With a Copy of His Auto-Biography Titled "I Made Billions Selling Coke Now My Smartphones Will Destroy Apple and Samsung" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esc…
In ancient Egypt, under the decree of Ptolemy II, all ships visiting the city were obliged to surrender their books to the library of Alexandria and be copied. The original would be kept in the library and the copy given back to the owner. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lib…
Ethernet inventor Robert Metcalfe predicted that the internet would collapse in 1996, promising to eat his words if not. In 1997, he took a printed copy of his column that predicted the collapse, put it in a blender with some liquid and then consumed the pulpy mass. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Larry Tesler was working at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) when he first implemented Copy & Paste in the mid 70s with Tim Mott. Tesler then left PARC to join Apple in 1980. His reason was Apple had clearly gotten the idea of computers, while Xerox still thought itself a copier company. wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_…
There are fake towns and roads (known as "paper towns") that mapmakers put in their maps, so that if someone makes a map which has one of these paper towns, they could know it's a copy mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-cu…
Today I learned about the Banach–Tarski Paradox where mathematically it is possible to split an object in to multiple parts and recombine them into two exact copies of the original without adding new material. youtube.com/watch?v=s86-Z…
When Neil Armstrong went to the moon he took along a copy of Dvorak's "New World Symphony." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sym…
Some non-redheaded men have red beards because they have one copy of the MC1R gene. Two copies would make them fully redheads motherboard.vice.com/en_u…
1976 Farrah Fawcett red swimsuit poster has sold over 12 million copies. Two years after her death, the swimsuit was donated to Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, along with an original copy of the poster, her personal Charlie’s Angels script book, and other personal items. reuters.com/article/us-sm…
Today I learned of Morioka Shoten, a Japanese bookstore that only stocks one book at a time. Albeit many copies of that one book. theguardian.com/books/201…
Jet Li turned down a role in The Matrix Reloaded because Hollywood producers wanted to record and copy all of his martial arts moves into a digital library, with all rights going to them. slashfilm.com/jet-li-the-…
The best-selling edition of Playboy magazine was the November 1972, which sold over seven million copies, when one-quarter of all American college men were buying or subscribing to it every month. By 2014 circulation had declined to 320,000 per month and now it's published quarterly. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
That, in addition to books, France operates a legal deposit scheme for perfumes, where a copy of every new fragrance has to be sent to a library for preservation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osm…
Today I learned about the Q source, a hypothetical text that, with the gospel of Mark, contain the original material that the gospels of Matthew and Luke elaborated upon. And the Q source theory got traction with the discovery of the complete copy of the gospel of Thomas in 1945. wikipedia.org/wiki/Q_sour…
Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein, lost her virginity at a cemetery where she would secretly meet her future husband. After Shelley died, her family searched her desk and they found a copy of a poem written by her deceased husband, along with some of his ashes and the remains of his heart. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Muammar Gadaffi had a serious crush on U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. When Rice prepared to leave Libya after a state visit, Gadaffi gifted her $212,225 worth of gifts, including a locket with his own picture inside, a signed copy of his Green Book, and a lute. theatlantic.com/internati…

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