Why Five Guys gives extra fries at the bottom of the bag. They do it so the guests think they are getting a good deal. However, the extra fries are already factored into the menu price. Founder Jerry Murrell also says it is better for customers to feel that their serving of fries was too large. mashed.com/228032/why-fiv…
Spaceballs creator Mel Brooks made a deal with George Lucas, that allowed him to spoof Star Wars in exchange for not selling any merchandise related to the film. The action figures Rick Moranis is seen playing with in the movie are the only official Spaceballs merchandise ever made. magazine.promomarketing.c…
In 1920, the town of Jackson, Wyoming elected an all-female town council by a margin of 2-1 over the men, drawing the most voters the town had ever seen. Known as the "pettycoat rulers," the women served for 3 years and did a great deal to clean up the notoriously lawless town. atlasobscura.com/articles…
There is a band of 50-60-year-olds called Port Isaac's Fisherman's Friends who sing Sea Shantys, was signed a $1,000,000 record deal and had a movie made about them. youtube.com/watch?v=AYA_0…
On The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, even he had to deal with a streaker on March 28, 1974 youtube.com/watch?v=J4FUg…
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 1972 hit movie The Godfather does not contain the words β€˜mafia’ or 'la cosa nostra’ because of a deal struck between the producer and the real mafia mentalfloss.com/article/9…
As a hoax, Rolling Stone magazine wrote a review of an album that reportedly included Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, George Harrison, John Lennon, and Paul McCartney. They hired an obscure band to record a "real," album, and secured a deal with Warner Bros. It reached 114 on Billboard's album chart. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A NASA astronaut, Lisa Nowak, was charged with attempted kidnapping, burglary with assault and battery. She agreed to a plea deal and was kicked out of NASA. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Jamie Siminoff , the inventor of the Ring Doorbell failed to secure a deal on ABC’s Shark Tank but later went on to sell his company to Amazon for $1 Billion . He then later got the opportunity to guest star on the show alongside the same investors who once turned him down. inc.com/magazine/201808/e…
During the 2008 financial crisis, Japanese bank Mitsubishi UFJ made a $9 billion investment in Morgan Stanley, to keep it from collapsing. The emergency deal was confirmed on Columbus Day, when banks are closed, so the money couldn't be wired - so Mitsubishi UFJ wrote out a $9,000,000,000 cheque businessinsider.com/the-9…
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…
Steven Spielberg receives $30–50 million a year from all park ticket revenue/portion of park concession for his role as a creative consultant for Universal theme park rides. He can also trigger an exit deal clause and collect a lump sum payment of $535 million, some predicting to be $1 billion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Eli Manning was once tapped to be the face of a watch company. A competing watch company then signed a deal with Manning’s team the Giants, which resulted in a conflict of interest. psmag.com/.amp/economics/…
The Canadian Parliament once discussed how the country would deal with a zombie apocalypse; then Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird declared that "Canada will never become a safe haven for zombies, ever" theatlantic.com/internati…
Cats in Kazan, Russia were so good at catching mice, they were shipped to St. Petersburg in 1745 to deal with a rodent infestation. A statue dedicated to the cats can be found in Kazan today. visit-tatarstan.com/en/pl…
In the late 1990's Michael Jackson nearly bought Marvel Comics so he could star as Spider-Man in the first movie. Michael Jackson and Stan Lee were going to buy the company together. When the deal fell through, he also attempted to play Professor X in the first X-Men movie cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
The movie Vanilla Sky has one of the most expensive movie scenes. To get Times Square empty for the scene, director Cameron Crowe got a deal with the NYPD to close off the area between 5AM and 8AM on a Sunday and paid over $1 million for 30 seconds of footage looper.com/127429/the-mos…
A New York court let a homebuyer back out of a deal because the seller didn’t disclose that the house was reportedly haunted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
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…
Portugal wasn't that neutral in WW2, as it offered help to people who needed it in Madeira and had to deal with some issues that would make Portugal join the war, like countries wich wanted Azores (owned by Portugal) for example. But managed to not join the war. youtu.be/mP8JSnPuvWs
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…
Richard Ramirez was sentenced to die in California's gas chamber. He stated to reporters after the death sentences, "Big deal. Death always went with the territory. See you in Disneyland." He later died of complications from B cell lymphoma while awaiting execution. theguardian.com/world/201…
Marvel originally did not want to sell itself to Disney, but it was Steve Jobs who convinced Marvel CEO to accept Disney's deal vanityfair.com/news/2019/…
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…
In the event of a nuclear attack, the United States will not engage in MAD, but will try to prevent and deal with the effects of a strike, then decide if it wants to retaliate with a nuclear attack of its own en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Concorde had to reduce its cruising speed when it was painted blue for a promotional deal with Pepsi, because otherwise the plane would overheat en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
In 1986, Run DMC released the hip hop song "My Adidas", leading to the first endorsement deal between a musical act and an athletic company. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_…
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…
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…
In 1997 CBS outbid ABC for the 9th season of "Family Matters" for $40 million and a deal for 22 episodes, switching to their network. The move failed to steal away Friday night from ABC, and CBS cancelled the sitcom, making it the final season. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Shortly after inside man was released, Denzel Washington was called out in a letter by Colombian rebels to help broker a deal to exchange prisoners for hostages between them and the Colombian government. cbc.ca/news/entertainment…
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…
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…
The early NSU Ro80 was so unreliable that some of these cars required engine rebuilds before 50k km/30k miles. Some owners even fitted the rough-running Ford V4 engine in order not to have to deal with the original rotary powertrain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NSU…
Jcpenney attempted to end its store coupons in 2012 choosing to instead offer its products at highly reduced prices, making coupons unnecessary. It failed miserably and coupons were reinstated because customers needed to feel like they're getting a good deal even if prices are artificially high reuters.com/article/us-jc…
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…
Today I learned about GhostTunes. It was Garth Brooks' answer to not being able to carve out a satisfactory deal with the streaming platforms to showcase his music. Lasted less than 3 years and was eventually sold to Amazon where Brooks' entire catalog is exclusively available now. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gho…
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/…
M&M's, which was created in 1941 by Forrest Mars Sr. of the Mars candy company, stands for "Mars and Murrie" for which he had a deal for a chocolate with Bruce Murrie, the son of Hershey president William Murrie plansponsor.com/trivial-p…
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…
A Box of Durian cause a mass airport evacuation while HAZMAT/Emergency services were called to deal with a potential biohazard. northwesttelegraph.com.au…
'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…

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