Monty Hall was born Monte Halparin. Excluded from medical school due to secret quotas restricting the number of Jewish students, he got a job in broadcasting. His station misspelled and shortened his names, making him Monty Hall. He co-created and hosted "Let's Make a Deal" for almost 30 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
The TV show 'The Voice' heavily promotes the fact that the winner gets a free record deal. However, many of them get dropped shortly after signing. The winner of season 7 even admits none of the label executives knew who he was when he first entered the office shortly after winning. talentrecap.com/arent-voi…
Domino's pizza had offered a guaranteed 30 minute delivery time, or the pizza was free. This is how the pizza chain grew quickly. After many years, the drivers were sued for accidents. and the company ended that deal. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
A whistleblower said that Apple contractors 'regularly hear confidential details' on Siri recordings and have even heard drug deals, medical details and people having sex theguardian.com/technolog…
Bill Murray closed his deal on Meatballs the day before it started shooting and routinely ignored the script. His first day, he improvised his way through a scene where he’s introducing all the counselors-in-training – he showed up, read the pages and threw them away, saying, β€œI got this.” rollingstone.com/movies/m…
Encrochat was a encrypted messaging network, that run on custom phones, used by criminals to plan drug deals, murders and extortion plots. Each phone costed €1000, plus €1500 for a contract of six months, and had a β€œpanic button” that would erase all data. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enc…
Rosemary Kennedy (younger sister of John and Robert) was lobotomised at 23 to deal with mood swings and erratic behaviour. Her mother was informed of this decision after the procedure had taken place. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ros…
In 2002, a Marvel comics writer based an alternate version of Nick Fury on Samuel L Jackson, using his image without permission. Jackson discovered this and nearly took legal action. Marvel offered to cast him as Fury if the character was ever in a movie. Jackson took the deal. time.com/5533325/nick-fur…
There was a complete ban of gum from 1992 to 2004 in Singapore. Since 2004, they have allowed dental gum to be imported in, because the US asked for it in a trade deal. The ban was to the annoyance of chewing gum being everywhere . eresources.nlb.gov.sg/inf…
To deal with periods, β€œUntil the turn of the 20th century, women simply bled into their clothes or, where they could afford it, shaped scraps of cloth or other absorbents like bark or hay into a pad or tampon-like object” theconversation.com/thous…
Actor Michael Sheen played Tony Blair in 3 separate movies: The Deal (2003), The Queen (2006), and The Special Relationship (2010). In addition, all three films had the same writer (Peter Morgan). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
The Sony PlayStation was never meant to be a product. It was intended to be a new console that would play exclusively Nintendo games on CDs. Instead Nintendo backed out of the deal at the last minute. Sony went ahead and launched what would become the most successful console of all time. nationalpost.com/entertai…
Beauty and the Beast was written in 1740 as a critique of the forced marriages between 13-15 yr old girls to adult men common at the time. Later versions shifted the emphasis to teach young girls "good manners and how to deal with the idea of marrying young and being in an arranged marriage." glamour.com/story/the-rea…
A Box of Durian cause a mass airport evacuation while HAZMAT/Emergency services were called to deal with a potential biohazard. northwesttelegraph.com.au…
The first thing that was ever bought and sold over the internet was weed. In 1971 or 1972, Stanford students using Arpanet accounts at Stanford's AI Laboratory engaged in a commercial transaction with their counterparts at MIT, and thus the first act of e-commerce was a pot deal. fastcompany.com/3054025/y…
In 1978, a man was sentenced to life in prison for forging an $88 check because he refused to accept a plea deal and had previously been convicted of two felonies. The Supreme Court upheld the decision. caselaw.findlaw.com/us-su…
Disney was planning to buy Twitter but then decided to cancel the deal because of the β€œnastiness” on the social media platform. cnbc.com/2019/09/24/disne…
Garbha Upanishad(esoteric doctrine over the embryo),a hindu upanishadic texts deal with the theory of the formation and development of the human embryo and human body after birth.in section 3 it gives an idea about how embryo develops. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gar…
Today I learned of a POW camp for German soldiers in Manitoba, Canada. The location was so remote, escape was virtually impossible. This meant that prisoners had a great deal of freedom, including being allowed to date girls from a nearby town and attend dances. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
Catherine Zeta-Jones makes Michael Douglas (and every other man she plays golf with) drop his trousers when he misses a shot. Because paparazzi photographers are always around, she makes the men she bets against go into the bushes. A deal is a deal, she said. walesonline.co.uk/lifesty…
'Passing the Buck' comes from using a buckhorn handled knife to designate the next dealer in a poker game; a player could decline the deal and 'pass the buck' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buc…
The Micronesian island of Yap is known for its stone money, known as Rai. They use large doughnut-shaped, carved disks of calcite, some as large as 13 ft in diameter. The Rai is still used today for social transactions, including marrage, political deals, etc. bbc.com/travel/story/2018…
Nigerian scam made Emmanuel Nwude $242 million richer. He sold a non-existent airport to Nelson Sakaguchi, a director of bank. Nwude has become Nigeria's fraud kingpin after pulling off one of the biggest 'deals' in history. legit.ng/1100779-the-stor…
President LBJ thought Nixon's back-channel communications to S.Vietnam government were treasonous (Nixon secretly told the S.Vietnamese to stop the Vietnam War peace talks with President LBJ, and wait until Nixon gets elected to get a "better deal".) bbc.com/news/magazine-217…
During the US occupation of Japan after WWII, General Douglas MacArthur oversaw the Japanese government introducing large social and economic reforms inspired by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal fpif.org/new_deals_unsung…
While Steven Tyler was judging American Idol, Aerosmith briefly considered Sammy Hagar for lead vocals and would have changed their name had the deal gone through. ultimateclassicrock.com/a…
Today I learned of the Queenstown oval in Tasmania. The gravel surface has been in use since 1895 and one long time player claims the best way to deal with it is to "Land on someone" abc.net.au/news/2019-09-1…
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. theguardian.com/world/201…
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, used to be one of the briefcase holders on Deal or No Deal. businessinsider.com/megha…
In 1990, BBC’s Tomorrow’s World featured a white, sticky coating with astonishing heat-resisting properties, Starlite. In a demonstration, a raw egg painted with the stuff stayed raw in the heat of a blowtorch. The inventor died in 2011, having failed to strike a deal with any manufacturer. sciencefocus.com/science/…
The original MST3k movie was originally set at Paramount and was going to be a origin story of the characters without a movie they are riffing on, but the deal fell through. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mys…
Composer Richard Wagner's career was saved by a Gay Monarch who was clearly in love with him. Wagner played along enough to get money to stage his operas, but never "sealed the deal" so to speak. rictornorton.co.uk/ludwig…
Alternative rock band Radiohead created companies with ludicrous names such as "Random Rubbish LTD" and "LLLP LLP" to deal with music income. theguardian.com/music/201…
Reggie Jackson was offered more money to go to the Montreal Expos in 1976. A customs search in Ottawa sealed the fate of a deal with Montreal and he later signed with the New York Yankees cooperstownersincanada.co…
Famous Rapper and Lable Founder of "Maybach Music" - Rick Ross, lost his Reebok Deal and had major public backlash, due to 2 verses he wrote on a song called U.O.E.N.O. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
The FOX sitcom "Til Death" starring Brad Garrett was only renewed for a final 4th season to make enough episodes for syndication, despite below average ratings for it's entire run. It made it to 81 episodes and got a syndication deal. tv.avclub.com/nobodys-wat…
During the 1793 yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia, many black citizens, widely believed to be immune to the disease, volunteered to deal with the dead and dying as white citizens fled the city. The immunity seems to have not actually existed, and blacks died at the same rates as whites. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/179…
Today I learned of the Son of Sam laws that state convicted criminals cannot profit in any way from their crimes whether it be from books, tv, film, etc. All proceeds from these deals go directly to the victims or their families. mtsu.edu/first-amendment/…
CBS only renewed "Rules Of Engagement" for a 7th season, to make it hit exactly 100 episodes. Sony makes final season deals, and has done so with "Community" at NBC at 97 episodes and "Til Death", at Fox at 81 episodes. Sony sitcoms almost always get to syndication before a cancellation. hollywoodreporter.com/new…
Joe Shuster, comic book artist best known for co-creating Superman, spent 6 years trying to find a publisher. As part of the deal which saw Superman published in Action Comics, Siegel and Shuster sold the rights to the character in return for $130 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe…
In the 19th century the city of London once considered building a giant death pyramid to deal with the city's looming cemetery shortage historic-uk.com/CultureUK…
After Jean-Claude Van Damme's biggest movie hit (Timecop 1994), he was offered a 3 picture deal at $12M per picture. He turned it down and demanded he get the same deal as Jim Carrey - $20M per movie. He was rejected and his career never recovered. He later admitted he "acted like an idiot" looper.com/86843/whatever…
The Walt Disney Company had a deal to acquire Twitter in 2017, but decided to back off, saying "the nastiness is extraordinary” on the platform and thus hurting its family-friendly image. They opted out to instead buy 75% ownership in video-streaming technology provider BAMTech. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Washington DC police ran a fake hip-hop studio to attract criminals and record proof of their illicit deals. "Manic Enterprises" made 70 arrests, snagged $7.2 million in cocaine, and confiscated 161 illegal weapons. Cops shut it down after they heard a gang planned on robbing the studio. nbcwashington.com/news/lo…
Because of a deal to buy the rights to Peppa the Pig, toymaker Hasbro now owns Death Row Records. nypost.com/2019/08/25/has…
Shirley Temple was among the highest profile advocates about breast cancer awareness. In 1972 it was common for doctors not to tell women their diagnosis and to initiate mastectomy without their knowledge or consent because they were thought unable to deal with the news of their affliction. groovyhistory.com/shirley…
Today I learned that both the US and Canada had plans to use nuclear bombs to extract Oil/Gas. The US plan was an attempt to deal with shale formations, and in Canada it was to aid in the extraction of bitumen from the oil sands. Both plans never went through however. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
That, in 1920s Paris, James Joyce would get drunk, start fights, and then hide behind Ernest Hemingway for protection, screaming, "Deal with him, Hemingway!" bbc.com/culture/story/201…
In 1991 the Department of Energy commissioned futurists to deal with nuclear waste and they imagined a society led by women where previous scientific discoveries were deemed inferior on the grounds of obvious male biases. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Ford almost bought Ferrari in the early 60's, but Enzo Ferrari killed the deal when he learned he wouldn't oversee the racing division anymore. Henry Ford II was so pissed that he directed his engineers to build a car that would beat Ferrari at Le Mans, which it did from 1966–1969. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
In the 1990s, the US had an Emu Ranching boom and bust. Emu was expected to compete with beef, and a pair of breeding Emu could fetch as much as $50,000. When the market for Emu meet bust, a lot of ranchers left their gates open rather than deal with the large number of unwanted Emu. nationalgeographic.com/pe…
Undercover officers from two different precincts tried to arrest each other in a drug sting. Both precincts had undercover officers as drug dealers/buyers and didn't know about each other. When they tried to deal each other drugs, guns were drawn and a fight started as both claimed to be police. fox2detroit.com/news/loca…
After Jay Sebring was massacred by the Manson Family alongside Sharon Tate, his house was sold off by his grieving parents. The house quickly became a beacon for Manson fans, with new owners having to deal with them visiting his property, even catching two haveing sex on his driveway. houseandhistory.com/jay-s…
The marine iguana, a Galapagos Islands reptile which swims in the ocean, deals with salt intake by "sneezing" it out its nose en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Humans have consumed 9.2b tons of plastic. Out of it, 6 billion will never meet a recycling bin, and there’s no infrastructure to deal with it. That’s equivalent to the weight of one billion elephants. lemonade.com/blog/the-pla…
Space-born jellyfish couldn't figure out how to deal with gravity when they came back to Earth cbc.ca/kidscbc2/the-feed/…
Sean Connery was offered was 15% of worldwide box office receipts to play Gandalf in Lord of the Rings, but turned it down for "not understanding the script." The deal would have been worth about $400 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
The Eagles football fans' behavior was so bad that the City of Philadelphia assigned a Municipal Court Judge to the stadium on game days to deal with fans removed from the stands en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vet…
George Michael donated money to contestants on the UK day time game show, Deal Or No Deal, when he heard they needed money. One such example was Michael donating Β£15000 ($18000 approx.) to a woman for her IVF treatment. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
The U.S. Navy tried to remove a whale carcass with dynamite. A veteran with explosives training warned the amount of dynamite was far too much – advice that went unheeded. His brand-new car, purchased during a "Get a Whale of a Deal" promotion, was then flattened by a chunk of falling blubber. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exp…
Tom Cruise's career saved Ray-Bans from extinction. Business was tanking in the 70s, so Ray-Ban signed a product placement deal for 60 films. Risky Business, Top Gun, and Rain Man all had Cruise wearing Wayfarers and Aviators, and sales went through the roof. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray…
When King Conrad III placed Weinsberg under siege, the castle wives made a deal which let them leave with whatever they could carry on their shoulders. Leaving everything else, each woman took her husband and carried him out. Conrad laughed and said, "A king should always stand by his word." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sie…
Fallacy of Relative Privation - is when you complain about a problem and the listener points out that there are people with way worse problems than you, therefore your problems are no big deal in comparison. logicallyfallacious.com/t…
The US wanted to purchase Greenland as early the 1920s. By the early 1940s, Greenland was part of RAINBOW 4 - a plan to deal with a siege of North America where the US would seize all Dutch, Danish, & French possessions in the western hemisphere to form a defensive perimeter around the US. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
The only 14% of Americans have a "Great Deal of Confidence" in banks and financial institutions. overflow.solutions/specia…
The first Roman fire brigade was created to be very lucrative. Arriving at the scene the fire fighters did nothing while a price was negotiated. Failing to reach a deal, the structure was allowed to burn to the ground after which an offer was made to purchase it for a fraction of its value. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
The author of Forrest Gump had a deal to receive a lump sum and a cut of the film's net profits, but Paramount reported a loss and refused to pay him the cut. He settled with Paramount and they bought the rights to the sequel, which has been stuck in development for over a decade. looper.com/13814/forrest-…
There are 'Atheist Churches' for secular humanists, freethinkers, skeptics, atheists and agnostics who want a sense of community without having to deal with any of the God stuff huffingtonpost.com/2014/1…
In 2013, rapper Eminem was offered a deal with director Neil Blomkamp to star in the movie "Elysium" as the main protagonist, Max DeCosta. Eminem later declined the offer, because Blomkamp refused to film the movie in Eminem's home city, Detroit. The role was later given to Matt Damon. nme.com/news/film/eminem-…
Kaavya Viswanathan was a freshman at Harvard when she landed a $500,000 two-book contract and a movie deal. Her book released to good reviews but was soon revealed she plagiarized sections. Kaavya said her "photographic memory" was the problem. The book was recalled and both deals cancelled. content.time.com/time/spe…
Author Douglas Adams once got an offering of Β£50,000 to write a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy calendar. A few weeks later, having done no work towards it, another call came saying the deal had fallen through but that he would still be paid half the fee. He celebrated with champagne. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hun…
The author of the novel, "Leaving Las Vegas" John O'Brien committed suicide two weeks after the movie deal completed. Nicolas Cage went on to win an Oscar for Best Leading Actor. O'Brien had only one prior writing credit: Rugrats, Game Show Didi/Toys in the Attic (1993) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
In 1924, Harold Israel was a vagrant accused of the murder of a priest. All the evidence seemed to fit him, but in court, the prosecutor Homer Cummings logically tore the case against him to shreds and freed him. Years later, Homer contacted him to share money from a film deal based on the case. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Universal Studios was so horrified of Rob Zombie's House of 1000 Corpses (which they were set to distribute) that they shelved the film for several months. The film was eventually purchased by Zombie who made a deal with Lionsgate to release the movie that later received negative reviews. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hou…
In 1995, Dutch electronics engineer Jan Sloot claimed to have invented a data sharing system that could store a complete movie in eight kilobytes; he died one day before signing a deal, and despite months of searching, the system's compiler program has never been found. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan…
The main reason Warren Buffet didn’t help broker a deal to save Lehman Brothers from collapse during the 2008 financial crisis is that he didn’t see a text sent to his flip phone, for 10 months. theatlantic.com/business/…
While often reported, there is no evidence that eating locally sourced honey will help deal with seasonal allergies. acaai.org/resources/conne…
Sony's licensing deal with Marvel gives it the film rights to roughly 900 characters, including characters associated with Spider-Man, Venom and Morbius: The Living Vampire. variety.com/2018/film/new…
The Japanese never ate salmon sushi until the 1980s when a Norwegian businessman, hired by Norway's government to offload excess salmon, made a deal with a Japanese company to sell the fish in its grocery stores, leading to its popularity today. npr.org/2015/09/18/441530…
Coca-Cola sales agents are not allowed to give anyone a better deal on Coke than McDonald's, as a matter of company policy delishably.com/dining-out…
Pennsylvania humane societies and SPCAs have the authority to employ Humane Society Police Officers who are trained and court appointed to enforce one section of the PA Crimes Code: Section 5511, which deals with cruelty to animals. pafederatedhumane.org/hsp…
Canada Post has an annual β€œLetters To Santa” program where children can mail a letter to Santa and receive a personalized response. The team is equipped with psychologists and social workers to deal with β€œspecial letters” and give appropriate responses if they feel the child is in danger. nationalpost.com/news/can…
Mars (the owner of M&M’s) rejected a product placement deal in a film (E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial) about a boy who befriends an alien by luring him with candy, but Reese’s Pieces ( owned by Hershey’s) took a shot and and sales shot up 65% in the first two weeks after the movie hit the theaters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E.T…
During World War One conditions on the Eastern Front got so bad that wolves would start attacking groups of soldiers leading to a temporary truce between Germans and Russians so they could deal with the wolves attacking them. owlcation.com/humanities/…
Kodak discovered the US was testing atomic weapons due to problems appearing on their consumer film. Kodak was worried about their product and profits ultimately striking a deal with the US Government in order to get schedules and maps of future tests in exchange for Kodak's silence. popularmechanics.com/scie…
Michael Jordan's original Nike deal required that the Jordan brand sell $4 million worth of shoes in 3 years. He sold $70 million after 2 MONTHS. abcnews.go.com/Sports/mic…
Bikini islanders left to deal with fallout of US nuclear tests without compensation. They now fight for nuclear disarmament worldwide, despite slim chance of success, hoping to at least shame nuclear armed nations in the court of public opinion. theconversation.com/bikin…
Gawker once published a video of a drunk college girl having sex in a bathroom stall at a sports bar. The woman begged them to remove it. The editor responded, "Best advice I can give you right now: do not make a big deal out of this" gq.com/story/aj-daulerio-…
Edison offered $50000 to Tesla if he succeeded in improving the efficiency of Edison's prototypical dynamos. Despite Tesla making a great deal of progress, Edison claimed that the offer was a joke mentalfloss.com/article/3…
For the past 50 years, the Skilcraft US Government ballpoint pen has been produced by sight-impaired workers under an 80-year-old program dating to the New Deal to employ blind Americans. wtop.com/life-style/2018/…
The name "Ghostbusters" was owned by Filmation/Universal, and it was licensed to Columbia for the 1984 film on a profit-sharing deal. Because the hit film didn't turn a profit, Filmation didn't make any money on allowing the name to be used. collider.com/ghostbusters…
Spielberg shot "E.T." in chronological sequence so the kids could mentally deal with the goodbye of a friend youtu.be/SMv1iTHUTtc
Sherlock Holmes' address, 221B Baker Street, was originally fictional, as Baker Street's numbering didn't go that high. However, street numbers were reallocated in the 1930s, and the building that got Holmes' address had to get a "secretary to Sherlock Holmes" to deal with it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/221…
Locals in Cornwall created an imaginary beach to deal with overcrowded beaches. Fake signposts were put up all over the county leading to the 'Best Beach In Cornwall," however the signs actually diverted tourists in the opposite direction from any of the coasts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Por…
The band Kansas got their record deal by posting signs that said free beer when they knew a producer was coming to their show. They had a huge crowd and the producer thought that if they could draw a crowd like that he should sign them. youtu.be/bEGPf1AiH4I
Elvis Presley was offered the co-starring role in the 1976 remake of "A Star Is Born" as well as leading roles in "West Side Story" and "Midnight Cowboy," the only X-rated film to ever win an Oscar for Best Picture. The deals were killed by Elvis' hard-negotiating manager, Col. Tom Parker. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elv…
Today I learned about a 3 day hostage situation in 1977. The kidnapper had a rig setup (metal choker and trigger hooked to his finger) with a shotgun to a mortgage brokers head after he felt he was taken advantage of in a land deal. mashable.com/2016/03/31/k…
To help airline passengers deal with travel anxiety, San Francisco International Airport has hired the nation's first airport therapy pig. LiLou wears costumes and performs tricks to help travelers calm down before boarding their flights. mercurynews.com/2016/12/0…
John DeLorean was arrested by the FBI for conspiring to smuggle $24M worth of cocaine into the US while the DeLorean Motor Co was failing to raise money to survive. Claiming he was coerced into participation in the deal by FBI agents who approached him as legitimate investors, he was acquitted en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DeL…

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