A pregnant mother with twins lost one fetus in the first trimester and the other developed a coccyx tumor the size of a fetus that was killing it. Doctors removed baby LynLee from the womb, cut off the tumor, then put her back in the womb and she was β€˜born again’ healthy 12 weeks later. cnn.com/2016/10/20/health…
In 1977 while filming Star Wars, George Lucas decided to take a $500,000 pay cut to his salary as director in exchange for full ownership of the franchise's merchandising rights. By 2012, the first six films produced approximately US$20 billion in merchandising revenue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Censorship board in Philippines wanted to cut nudity/sex scenes from Schindler's List. Spielberg refused, and pulled the film from screening in Philippine cinemas, which prompted the Senate to demand the abolition of the censorship board. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
After Lorena Bobbitt cut off her sleeping husband's penis, she fled the house and stole his Gameboy on the way out the door. rollingstone.com/culture/…
After making edits and appealing to the MPAA for an R rating, Scarface director Brian DePalma felt that the cuts he made were so minor no one would notice if he put them back in, so he did. cbr.com/movie-legends-rev…
90% of Diamonds in the world pass through the Indian city of Surat in Gujarat state, before reaching the market. The diamonds are cut and polished here. en.israelidiamond.co.il/w…
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…
Sony didn't believe that Aaron Sorkin's 162 page script for 'The Social Network' would come out under 2 hours. David Fincher timed Sorkin reading it aloud. The reading took 1 hour and 59 minutes, which was the exact running time of the final cut youtube.com/watch?v=Ya3jO…
Today I learned about how in 2008 during the macy's thankgiving day parade, during the final performance of the "foster's home for imaginary friends" float the pre-planned musical number, the music was cut, only for Rick Asltey to come out and perform "Never Gonna Give You Up" live telegraph.co.uk/news/news…
Sylvester Stallone commissioned Arkansas Knife Maker, Jimmy Lile, to create a knife for Rambo. Lile, instructed not to make a prop, responded with a blade that could "Cut through the fuselage of an aircraft" and a unique hollow handle to store survival necessities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
Sheep naturally have long fluffy tails but they are cut off by farmers at birth farmprogress.com/livestoc…
During Woodstock '94, Jesse James Dupree took the stage with a bottle of whiskey, lit up a joint, set a stool on fire, cut it up with a chainsaw, pulled out a rifle and shot it in the air, accidentally cut himself and bled heavily until security finally dragged him off of the stage. atlantasrockstation.com/2…
One single cut-and-paste spreadsheet error cost JP Morgan $6 billion zdnet.com/article/excel-e…
John Wayne Bobbitt's penis was not only cut off and thrown out of a moving car it was also successfully reattached and he starred in two adult films after the incident. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The US faced a nuclear threat in Arkansas in 1980 because someone dropped a socket wrench 20m which cut the outside of a rocket with 9megaton warhead on it. The cut caused fuel to explode ejecting it from the silo. One person died. i.stuff.co.nz/entertainme…
During the CulturΠ°l RevΠΎlutiΠΎn, "flesh banquets" at which where the hearts, livers and genitals of victims were cut out and fed to revellers were common businessinsider.com/afp-f…
The oldest tree ever discovered was cut down by a scientist and a park ranger in order to retrieve a $50 scientific tool smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Da Vinci's The Last Supper painting (1498) is 29 feet wide and 23 feet tall, and around 1652 a door was cut through part of it, destroying the area in which Jesus's feet were depicted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Disney had to change the lyrics of Aladdin's 'Arabian Nights' after backlash, replacing, "Where they cut off your ear if they don't like your face," with the current lyrics. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
In β€œForrest Gump,” when his microphone is cut off at the rally, what you don’t hear him say is β€œSometimes when people go to Vietnam, they go home to their mommas without any legs. Sometimes they don’t go home at all. That’s a bad thing. That’s all I have to say about that.” mentalfloss.com/article/6…
In 2008 German actor Daniel Hoevels accidentally cut his own throat on stage in a β€œsuicide scene” when he was given a real knife by mistake. theguardian.com/world/200…
The United States Department of Defense disposed of unwanted munitions by loading ships with explosives and chemical weapons, then intentionally sinking them off the coast of Florida. The program was called Operation Chase (Cut Holes And Sink 'Em) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Dusty Hill from ZZ Top wanted to feel "normal" after their "Worldwide Texas Tour". So he cut his hair, got a job at an airport, went by the name of "Joe" and would go out on Friday nights with coworkers so he could feel "grounded". ultimateclassicrock.com/d…
Byzantine Emperor Justinian II was called "the slit-nosed". After he was deposed in 695, his nose was cut off, to prevent him from seeking the throne again - tradition prevented mutilated people from Imperial rule. He replaced his nose with a solid golden prosthesis, and in 705 retook the throne en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jus…
Team America: World Release initially received an NC-17 rating due to the sex scene. The initial cut lasted a minute and a half and showed the puppets urinating and defecating on each other. Nine edits were shown to the MPAA before it was approved and cut down to 50 seconds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea…
Seat belts were very controversial when they first appeared in cars during the 40s and 50s with many arguing that they caused injuries and didn't work, no matter how much researchers disputed these claims. Many people refused to wear them and even cut them out of their car seats. wpr.org/surprisingly-cont…
Today I learned that brain surgeons sometimes check their work by testing the patient's brain function while they are sl on the operating table. In February 2020 a patient was asked to play the violin while the surgeon cut away at her brain tumor. cnn.com/2020/02/19/world/…
[] Tater tots were invented in 1953 to use up leftover slivers of cut-up potatoes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tat…
1000 year old wooden structures are made of Ore-pine, the heartwood of prepared old-growth mountain pines; the trees had their branches removed and were left to stand, the tree resins bleeding upward and out through the cut branches and thus making the heartwood more resinous and rot resistant. talknorway.no/wooden-buil…
Louis Braille (the inventor of Braille) is buried in his home which now is a museum, but his hands were cut off at the wrists and buried in his childhood hometown jamanetwork.com/journals/…
Today I learned of Adoni-Bezek who would cut off limbs, toes, thumbs of those avoiding joining his army and eyes out of eye thieves en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ado…
Today I learned of Dr. Robert Liston, the "fastest knife in the West End.", who could amputate a leg in 2,5 minutes. He was a highly sought after surgeon, but also a show off, which led to some mishaps: he once accidentaly cut a patient's testicles off while trying to amputate his leg theatlantic.com/health/ar…
Today I learned about Geoff Huish who cut his testicles off when Wales won their match against England in the 2005 Six Nations' Cup scotsman.com/sport/rugby-…
Alexander the Great once suffered an arrow wound that pierced his lung. He fought on as long as he could, but eventually collapsed on his shield. His army was able to protect him long enough to win the battle and to escape. They cut the arrow out of his chest and amazingly he fully recovered. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Despite a diet of up to 7,000 calories per day and weighing up to 400 lbs, sumo wrestlers typically do not suffer from symptoms of obesity due to their intense workout regimens. Upon retirement, however, they must seriously cut calories or become at risk for cardiovascular disease. businessinsider.com/sumo-…
Today I learned of William Chester Minor a, major contributor to the Oxford Dictionary, turned insane murderer who eventually cut off his own penis with a knife en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Lake Mareotis (seen in Assassin’s Creed Origins), became a salt water bay because the British cut the fresh-water canal and destroyed the dykes separating it from the sea during the Napoleonic Wars. The subsequent flooding destroyed 150 Egyptian villages. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lak…
Alan Smithee (or sometimes Allen Smithee) was a pseudonym that used to be put on films when the director was so dissatisfied with a film or film cut that they wanted to disown it. Among others, David Lynch (Dune, 1984) and Kiefer Sutherland (Woman Wanted, 1999) have done this. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ala…
During Vostok 4, Russian cosmonaut Pavel Popovich said that he was able to observe thunderstorms from his spacecraft. However, he forgot that the Russian word for thunderstorms was the agreed upon code word for extreme nausea requiring immediate landing, and his mission was cut short. astronautix.com/p/popovic…
The first cut of Planes Trains and Automobiles was 4.5hrs looper.com/174451/the-unt…
When Peter the Great became Czar as a child, a hole was cut in the back of his throne and the regent hid inside and whispered orders into his ear so it could appear he was coming up with them on his own en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
In 1978 eccentric millionaire Dick Smith made world news by towing an enormous iceberg into Sydney Harbour, offering to cut it into ice cubes, or "dicksicles". This was actually an elaborate April Fool’s Day prank and the β€œiceberg” was actually made of shaving cream. pickle.nine.com.au/2016/0…
In the early 1960s, following the decision to build a new High Dam at Aswan, Egypt. it was decided that Ramses’s temples (Abu Simbel) would be cut into more than a thousand blocks and relocated to a higher spot to protect it from floodwaters. nationalgeographic.com/hi…
On April Fools Day 1965 the BBC aired an interview with the supposed inventor of "SmelloVision" who cut onions and brewed coffee to prove he could transmit scents through a television screen. Viewers called and confirmed that they had received the smells. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sme…
, Your fingernails and hair do not, in fact, continue to grow after you die. To grow, these must have a steady supply of glucose, which is cut off after the heart stops beating, preventing any further growth. bbc.com/future/article/20…
The popular form of Leonard Cohen's song Hallelujah is thanks to John Cale. He'd asked Cohen to fax the lyrics to him, and faced with fifteen pages worth, couldn't imagine himself singing so many religious references. He cut many verses and kept 'the cheeky ones'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal…
During WW2, DuPont was hired to build the Hanford nuclear site, producing plutonium. Reluctantly, they agreed to do so under a symbolic 1-dollar contract. After the war ended, a government accountant saw construction took 2 rather than the anticipated 3 years, and cut their pay to .68 cents b-reactor.org/wp-content/…
Serial killer Randy Woodfield was actually drafted by the NFL to play for the Green Bay Packers but was cut due to a series of indecent exposure arrests. He would go on to become the I-5 Killer and is thought to have been responsible for over 40 murders along Interstate 5 from 1980-81 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
Bobbit worms, who lie in wait for prey and then strike with their sharp mouthparts, are named after the John and Lorena Bobbit case where a man’s penis was cut off by his wife while he was sleeping. arcreef.com/bristle-worms…
In 1820 Thomas Jefferson cut and pasted numerous sections from the New Testament to make his own Bible. Jefferson's condensed composition excludes all "miracles" of Jesus and most mentions of the "supernatural". It's called The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth. americanhistory.si.edu/Je…

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