Today I learned of Raphael Gray, a hacker who posted stolen data of over 6.5k credit cards, claiming that the law enforcement was too incompetent to stop him. Gray's arrogance annoyed ex-hacker Chris Davis so much that he found Gray's information and informed the FBI about the crime, leading to Gray's arrest.โ€ฆ
In 2005, the US introduced a new $1 coin that you could buy and have shipped for free. people took advantage of this by buying them with a credit card then immediately using the coins to pay their bill to get free airline miles. one man abused this so much that he earned 4 million airline milesโ€ฆ
MythBusters made an episode in which they tested credit card security. Discovery was forced not to air the episode, after a conference call with chief Legal Counsels representing the major companies, demanded the episode not be aired โ€“ which would expose major flaws in credit card security.โ€ฆ
When you see the writing credits for a movie, the word โ€œandโ€ between names means the writers worked separately and an ampersand (i.e., โ€œ&โ€) between names means they were a writing team.โ€ฆ
Donald Duck is an extremely popular pop-icon in Germany, where you can buy his comics at most newsstands. In their version, Donald uses a highly sophisticated level of language and "many Germans credit him with having initiated them into the language of the literary classics".โ€ฆ
When Steven Spielberg re-enrolled at California State, Long Beach to earn his BA more than 30 years after dropping out, he was given three course credits in paleontology for making Jurassic Park.โ€ฆ
Adam DeVine of Workaholics and Pitch Perfect was paralyzed and nearly had his legs amputated at age 11 after being run over by a truck. He recovered years later after multiple surgeries and still has scarring. He credits this experience with giving him his ambition and drive.โ€ฆ
In 1986 all game designers working for Konami were forbidden to attach their actual name to any project. Instead, they were required to create a fake name to be listed in the gameโ€™s credits. This was to prevent them from asking for raises, and keep rival companies from stealing their talent.โ€ฆ
The only Oscar won by "2001 A space Odyssey" was for special visual effects. Awarded to Stanley Kubrick it was his sole win from 13 nominations. The technicians involved felt it wrong for him to receive the sole credit. Following this controversy, the Academy changed its eligibility ruleโ€ฆ
The band Fleetwood Mac seriously considered thanking their drug dealer in their album credits for Rumours.They ultimately decided against it after their drug dealer was murdered.โ€ฆ
In 1978, the Supreme Court ruled that credit card companies did not have to abide by state interest rate caps. It allowed them to relocate to states without rate caps and issue credit cards across the nation with whatever rate they wanted.โ€ฆ
There was an official lord of the rings fan club (paid membership) prior to the movies and the entire charter of names is listed in each of the LotR filmโ€™s credits.โ€ฆ
Texaco, Inc. ("The Texas Company"), the American oil subsidiary of the Chevron Corporation, illegally supplied oil on credit to Franco's forces during the Spanish Civil War and also shipped oil to Germany to support the Nazis during World War II.โ€ฆ
Newton & Leibniz, both independently came up with Calculus at roughly the same time. To get the sole credit, the Royal Society acted as the jury, whose President was Newton. Newton even wrote a review on his own work to get the credit. However, the calculus notations that we use are from Leibniz
An ampersand (&) between two writers' names in movie credits means they collaborated on the script, while 'and' between the names shows they worked on the script separately, sometimes without consulting each other - according to the Writers Guild of America's usage.โ€ฆ
"The 1 Second Film" is a film project intending to feature 1 second of animation followed by 1 hour of credits. $1 or above donors to the film's crowdfund received a producer credit, this caused havoc as the IMDb listing reached over 3,000 producers. Ultimately the film was removed from IMDb.โ€ฆ
The average person swallows plastic equivalent to a credit card every week, due to micro plastics in our everyday livesโ€ฆ
To increase circulation of dollar coins, in 2008 the US Mint allowed individuals to purchase in bulk with free shipping. It was quickly exploited as a way to gain frequent flyer miles. People purchased coins with a credit card, then deposited them at their bank to pay the bill, cost free.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Henry Savery, a convict and Australia's first novelist. He was to be executed on April 22nd, 1825 in his native England for credit fraud amounting to ยฃ30K ( ยฃ2.3 million pounds today) Through influential friends this was commuted to transportation, only a day before his execution was due.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Albert Gonzalez an American computer hacker and computer criminal who is accused of masterminding the combined credit card theft and subsequent reselling of more than 170 million card and ATM numbers from 2005 to 2007: the biggest such fraud in history.โ€ฆ
While being in exclusivity arrangement with Argonaut studios, Nintendo rejected 2 games by Argonaut (Yoshi 3D game prototype and Starfox 2) then made Mario 64 and Starfox 64 based on those games ideas and code without giving credit or a penny to Argonaut, then ended all agreements with them.โ€ฆ
Frasier was filmed in Paramount Studios in LA (1993-2004) and as the studios were also used by Star Trek: The Next Generation (87-94), Deep Space 9 (93-99), Voyager (95-01), Enterprise (01-05) there are a total of 262 cast & crew shared credits with Frasier (details in comments)โ€ฆ
During a 1966 film version of Fahrenheit 451, the opening credits were read aloud with no text, since it's about a world without reading matter.โ€ฆ
The FICO scoring system is routinely updated but, each lender determines if and when it will upgrade to the latest version. This is why a mortgage lender will come up with a very different score than your personal credit score report.โ€ฆ
Magellan didn't circumnavigate the globe. Magellan only made it to the Philippines, where he started a battle and was killed by natives. It was one of his Captains โ€” Juan Sebastiรกn Elcano 1476 โ€“ 1526 โ€” who actually completed the journey, yet historically has not received credit for his journey.โ€ฆ
Countries have credit ratings. Obtaining a good sovereign credit rating is usually essential for developing countries that want access to funding in international bond markets.โ€ฆ
In 1987 the first episode of the British youth television show Network 7 featured a live demonstration of how to clone a credit card and showed it working.โ€ฆ
Xu Xiaodong a Chinese MMA who is known for taking down fake martial artists gained fame online. There was significant backlash on social media, banned from organising tournaments, sued and lowered social credit rating. Still win a fight after travel 36hours to fight and wear a clown makeup.โ€ฆ
The flag in the opening credits of Gilligan's Island is at half-mast because of the Kennedy assassination.โ€ฆ
Tony Hendra, the actor who plays Spinal Taps manager Ian Faith attempted suicide the night before the first day of filming. He credits the joy he received from making this movie with bringing him back from his depression.โ€ฆ
The guy who played the Xenomorph in โ€˜Alienโ€™ was a 7โ€™2โ€ man from Nigeria named Bolanji Badejo. He was discovered by a member of Ridley Scottโ€™s casting team by chance in a pub in Soho. His role as the Xenomorph was his only film credit ever.โ€ฆ
In 1998 the British soap Coronation Street debuted Hayley Patterson, who was the UK's first transgender soap character, and her storylines are given partial credit for the UK's 2004 Gender Recognition Actโ€ฆ
The United States Dollar is solely backed by "full faith and credit by the United States" after the gold standard was dropped in 1971. buygoldandsilversafely.coโ€ฆ
Templar Knights would issue letters of credit to the pilgrims journeying to the Holy Land. Pilgrims deposited their valuables with a local Templar, received a document indicating the value of their deposit, then used that document upon arrival to retrieve their funds.โ€ฆ
Rita Coolidge claims to have written the piano coda in the rock classic 'Layla' recorded in 1971 by Eric Clapton's Derek and the Dominoes. Coolidge claims she and the band's drummer had collaborated on a song which was played to Clapton and later used in Layla. She was refused a credit.โ€ฆ
Frank McNamara, co-founder of Diners Club International, forgot his wallet while dining out one day and, to avoid such embarrassments in the future, came up with a cardboard charge card with which he paid for a meal at the same restaurant in 1950, paving the way for modern-day credit cards.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of another game show scandal: In 1988, a fraudster named Kerry Ketchem, competing under the name Patrick Quinn, won $58,000+ on Super Password when a TV viewer watching the show in Anchorage recognized him as a fugitive from a credit card investigationโ€ฆ
Tracy Chapman, multi-platinum and four time Grammy Award winning artist, says she credits the inspiration to learn guitar as a child came from an American telivision variety show called "Hee Haw" that featured country music and themed backdrop. (corrected)โ€ฆ
The pink panther cartoon show was created due to the success of the character in the opening credits of The pink Panther filmsโ€ฆ
Peter Mayhew has played Chewbacca in every Star Wars film other than Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but was still listed in the credits of that film as "Chewbacca Consultant".โ€ฆ
Casey Kasem declined to reprise his role as Shaggy in "Scooby Doo on Zombie Island" because he had recently gone vegan and wanted that reflected in the character, which was not upheld. This resulted in Billy West's one and only credit for portraying Shaggy.โ€ฆ
Today I learned in the US you can opt-out permanently (or for five years) for the majority of junk-mail credit card and insurance offers.
Walter Becker and Donald Fagen of Steely Dan recieve 100% of royalties and retain sole writing credit on the hip-hop single "Deja Vu (Uptown Baby)" by Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz.โ€ฆ
When you pay off your loans (student, installment, auto etc.), your credit score may drop significantlyโ€ฆ
"&" and "and" mean different things in movie credits. Two writers' names joined with "&" means they collaborated, while "and" means they worked on the script at different times.โ€ฆ
In 2006 Creed vocalist Scott Stapp attempted suicide by leaping from a Miami hotel balcony; 2 hours later he was discovered on the ground by rapper T.I., whom he credits with saving his life.โ€ฆ
Robert Stack voiced a role in the film Beavis and Butt-Head Do America. He was so concerned that the producers of Unsolved Mysteries would fire him for appearing in the movie that he paid a lawyer $550 to have his name removed from the credits. He only earned $500 for the movie.
Cannonball Run's director Hal Needham's tradition of showing bloopers during the closing credits of his films inspired Jackie Chan to do the same at the end of most of his films too.โ€ฆ
The Associated Press published Nazi propaganda photos, changing their credits to conceal their origins. More recently, the AP had an exclusive deal with North Korea and published propaganda photos approved by that nation's dictatorship.โ€ฆ
Englishman Dan Harris wanted to help bees struggling in urban areas such as on pavement with no flowers. So he crowdfunded "bee saviour" credit card sized feeders with 3 notches of beekeepersโ€™ formula under a peel-off foil backing to sell for ยฃ4 via his not-for-profit co-op.โ€ฆ
On The Rolling Stones record sleeves between 1963 and 1965 the band used the songwriter pseudonym "Nanker/Phelge" for collaborations where all band members took equal creditโ€ฆ
Today I learned about Alice Guy-Blachรฉ, the first female film director, one of the first directors of a narrative fiction film, and the director of the first film with an all-African-American cast. After she retired, she tried to rectify her absence from the historical record and get credit for her works.โ€ฆ
Frank Zappa introduced the Credit Card concept to Czechoslovakia in 1990 after he was named Special Ambassador to the West on Trade, Culture and Tourism.โ€ฆ
Troy, a talking cube from the syndicated 80s science fiction sitcom "Out Of This World" was voiced by Burt Reynolds uncredited, with the item being credit as playing "himself".โ€ฆ
The rendering of the Death Star plans in the original Star Wars was created by two students using computers at JPL. The writers and staff planned to thank JPL in the credits, until one programmer pointed out that JPL didn't even know their computers had been used.โ€ฆ
James Earl Jones demanded David Prowse receive sole credit for portraying Darth Vader believing that his voice was 'just special effects'โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Georges Lemaรฎtre, a Catholic priest and mathematician, called the father of the Big Bang. Praised in his time for originating the theories of an expanding universe, the Big Bang Theory, Hubble's Law, and Hubble's Constant, he was modest and eschewed taking credit for his work.โ€ฆ
The rock band Huey Lewis and the News almost called themselves the American Express, but was told by their record label the credit card company of the same name wouldn't appreciate it - so they settled on a name reflecting Lewis' love of TV newsโ€ฆ
Disney cut a post-credits 'casting couch' reference scene (between the Prospector and two Barbie dolls) from Toy Story 2 when they re-released the DVD in 2019 alongside the theatrical release of Toy Story 4.โ€ฆ
In the Breaking Bad episode โ€œOzymandiasโ€, the show's producers secured special permission from the Hollywood guilds to delay the credits (which would normally appear after the main title sequence) until 19 minutes into the episode, in order to preserve the impact of the beginning scene.โ€ฆ
โ€“ up to the early 1970s, credit cards were reserved for men, women could get a credit card if their husbands cosigned on the application. The Equal Credit Opportunity Act (1974) made it unlawful to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, or marital status.โ€ฆ
Mark Twain, Charlie Chaplin, Orson Welles, Sigmund Freud, Malcolm X, were amongst the supporters of the Shakespeare authorship question, arguing that Shakespeare was a front to shield the identity of the real author or authors, who for some reason did not want or could not accept public credit.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Dmitry Argarkov who scanned a credit card agreement, edited it, and returned it with a 0% interest rate and no limit in the new terms. The bank signed and approved without reading and a judge held them to it.โ€ฆ
Richard Linklater's "Before Sunrise" was inspired by a young lady he just met, named Amy Lehrhaupt. He tried to contact her for years, but she never appeared, Later he discovered she died before the 1st movie came out. At the of the 3rd movie, on the credits, we can read "Dedicated to to Amy"โ€ฆ
For the 1952 British Columbia election the Liberal/Conservative coalition introduced a ranked choice voting system with the hopes of keeping the surging Co-operative Commonwealth Federation out of backfired and instead gave a majority to the fledgling Social Credit Party insteadโ€ฆ
Mythbusters got bullied out of airing an episode on how hackable and trackable RFID chips on credit cards are, when credit card companies threatened to boycott their TV networkโ€ฆ
The expression "May you live in interesting times" is not a positive salutation and instead is suppose to be given ironically. Although western cultures credit it as a Chinese proverb and even call it "The Chinese Curse" there's no evidence this saying has an Asian origin.โ€ฆ
Millikan's famous Oil Drop Experiment (1909), was developed with his grad student, Harvey Fletcher. Millian pressured Fletcher into allowing him sole credit, in exchange for Fletcher having sole credit for another paper.โ€ฆ
Mel Brooks financed and produced the movie The Elephant Man, but didn't take any credit because he didn't want audiences mistaking it for a comedy.โ€ฆ
During the serum rush in 1925, a sled dog named Togo lead a 260 mile dangerous journey across Alaska, even crossing the open ice of the Norton Sound. However it is Balto who gets all the credit and fame, while mushing 51 miles. Togo was the real hero by over 200 miles,he saved thousands of lives
Actor Eric Roberts has amassed over 500 credits to his name since the 1970s, making him one of the most prolific actors of all time.โ€ฆ
In 1978 the supreme Court changed the credit card industry by erasing state laws that limit interest rates.โ€ฆ
Dan Akroyd was included in the group singing for "USA For Africa - We Are The World". His name is first on the credit list in the opening seconds of the video and he can he seen in the group shots.โ€ฆ
Registering to vote in the UK improves your credit score and can help you get a loan/mortgage.โ€ฆ
The Frasier end credits song is a full over four minutes long jazz song by Kelsey Grammer
In the opening credits of Gilliganโ€™s Island, as the SS Minnow sails out of the harbor, flags can be seen in the background flying at half-staff given that the filming of the showโ€™s pilot took place the week of the JFK assassination.โ€ฆ
Devin Gaines earned 5 bachelor degrees with honors simultaneously at the University of Connecticut, averaging 24 credits a semester and 3 hours of sleep a night. He drowned in 2007 because he didn't know how to swim.โ€ฆ
Mel Brooks produced the 1986 scifi horror The Fly, but left his name off the credits so people wouldn't expect a "Mel Brooks" movie.โ€ฆ
The Beatles were not the first artist to have 10 consecutive #1 albums (credit goes to Eminem). The reason why was because Yellow Submarine peaked at #2, failing to outsell the #1 album of the time, The Beatles' White Albumโ€ฆ
Silent movie actors were initially not given on-screen credit for their films, as studio bosses feared it would make the performers too popular, and able to demand higher wages. Actress Florence Lorence was the first to get one in 1910โ€ฆ
In Singapore before the Asian Financial Crisis, a person's social-economic standing was based on the quintessential '5Cs': Cash, Credit card, Car, Condominium, and Country club.โ€ฆ
Until 2000 if a director disavowed a film his name was replaced with "Alan Smithee" in the credits. In 1998 Arthur Hiller made a film about an Alan Smithee who tries to disavow a movie, but can't because of his name. Hiller later disavowed it and his name was replaced with Alan Smithee.โ€ฆ
George Lucas was fined $250,000 and "The Empire Strikes Back" was nearly pulled from theatres because he put screen credits at the end of the movie (which was rare) to preserve the dramatic opening sequences.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Max Martin, the Swedish Shadow King of American Pop. He has primary songwriting credits for an incredible number of chart-topping pop songs, including "I Kissed a Girl", "Blank Space", "...Baby One More Time", and "Last Friday Night".โ€ฆ
Ted Nugent only sang one small verse in his hit song "Stranglehold." The majority of the vocals are performed by Derek St. Holmes. The song was also cowritten by Rob Grange, who received no credit.โ€ฆ
Many Native American students at Yale study their indigenous languages even though these classes do not count for academic credit. Stanford stands out for providing classes that qualify for academic credit on Native Americans languages, including Cherokee, Nahuatl, Navajo, and Lakotaโ€ฆ
Adam Savage admitted he was mistaken, and that credit card companies had nothing to do with Myhtbusters not airing an episode on RFID chipsโ€ฆ
Former Chairman of Disney Studios and co-founder of DreamWorks Jeffrey Katzenberg only has one film credit: the voice of Rico, the vomiting penguin from the first Madagascar movieโ€ฆ
Robert Downey Jr largely credits the martial art Wing Chun for helping to maintain his sobriety, as well as helping to keep him "grounded, well and focused".โ€ฆ
In 1959, Prince Edward County, Virginia decided to close its entire public school system rather than integrate black children into their schools. It then created all-white private schools funded by state tuition grants and county tax credits. Many black children had no education for 5 years.โ€ฆ
California Penal Code Section 330 makes it illegal for me to conduct, play or bet at or against the Hokey-Pokey for any money, checks, credit, or other representative of value . I can be charged a misdemeanor that carries a fine and/or jail time.โ€ฆ
Martha Wash, of โ€œItโ€™s Raining Menโ€ fame, had TWO different musical groups try to pass her voice off as someone elseโ€™s. Both C+C Music Factory & Black Box had videos showing other (thinner) women lip syncing to Martha Washโ€™s vocals. Vocal credit on albums became mandatory after she sued.โ€ฆ
In Colorodo, playing abandoned credits in a slot machine is illegal and will be prosecuted. One man was convicted of fraud after playing 76 cents that someone left on a machine.โ€ฆ
In the UK, registering to vote improves your credit score.โ€ฆ
Tom and Jerry producer Fred Quimby, though not involved in the creative process, took all credit for the cartoon's success. Each time the cartoon won the Academy Award for Animated Short Film, he accepted the awards without inviting the animators, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, onstage.โ€ฆ
"Pinhead" actor Doug Bradley became so adept at applying and removing his prosthetic makeup that he was given an Assistant Make-up Artist credit on some Hellraiser films.โ€ฆ
In 1998, a Colorado man actually bought a radio station for $150,000, spending his whole life savings and maxing out on seven credit cards to do soโ€ฆ
The average millennial credit score is 659โ€ฆ
A 9-year-old boy decided he wanted to help the families of fallen US soldiers. He started a Facebook page and eventually traded up to $900 worth of Disney gift certificates, airfare and hotel credits. He then gave the trip to a 2-year-old girl who had lost her father in Afghanistan.โ€ฆ
Oliver Stone admitted to being on ecstasy during a 1997 celebrity episode of Jeopardy! He won the game (and $15,000 for charity), and credits the drug with increasing his response time on the buzzer.โ€ฆ

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