Macy's Department Store declined to be featured in the movie "Elf" because they didn't like the idea that there was a fake Santa working there and felt it would blow the illusion for kids. abcnews.go.com/Entertainm…
After losing her position in her university's anatomy department in 1938, Rita Levi-Montalcini set up a laboratory in her bedroom and studied the growth of nerve fibers in chicken embryos. This work led to her discovery of nerve growth factor, for which she was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1986. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rit…
In Texas, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, it is legal to kill Bigfoot if you find it. It would be considered a non-protected nongame animal. stateimpact.npr.org/texas…
In 2011 Mythbusters accidentally fired a cannonball through a residential neighborhood. The show was testing a myth at the Alameda Sheriff's Department bomb range when the ball bounced 700 yards off course going through a house, across the street, off a roof and into a car. No one was injured. npr.org/2011/12/08/143349…
In 1941, a little girl who was selling lemonade at her lemonade stand caused a polio outbreak. The health department found that she hadn't cleaned the cups customers used. She ended up getting polio along with her friends. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Today I learned of the Ford Sociological Department, Henry Ford’s β€œsecret police” that spied on his workers ensuring they followed β€œmoral” lives encouraging workers to avoid political agitation and gambling jalopnik.com/when-henry-f…
French Guiana is not a fully-autonomous territory, but rather an overseas department and region of France. Despite being in South America, French Guiana is part of the European Union and uses the euro, and Guianans are fully French citizens. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
A 1949 BBC memo forbade employees to use desk lamps unless the main room light was on. The head of the Variety department believed that a man working at a desk in a confined space with only the light from a low-wattage lamp would nurture furtive ideas and produce degenerate programme material. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ang…
Due to its numerous overseas departments and territories scattered on all oceans of the planet, France possesses the largest Economic Exclusive Zone (EEZ) in the world, covering 11.7 million km2. It is followed by the US, third is Australia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exc…
The United States Department of Agriculture suggests a serving size of 12-15 fries, which amounts to roughly 140 calories. nationalpost.com/life/foo…
Target has a forensics lab that's so advanced that the company regularly helps police departments free of charge. mprnews.org/story/2011/10…
Bolivia used to have access to the pacific through Litoral department until war of the pacific 1879-1883, After Bolivia imposed a new tax on a Chilean company, Chile declared a war where it occupied the city of Antofagasta, the department was ceded in 1904 making Bolivia a landlocked country. britannica.com/event/War-…
The fire department was not called for 32 minutes after the alarms alerted cathedral staff that Norte Dame was on fire by which time the fire had taken hold. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Not…
In 2005 two engineers at Apple help the US Department of Energy create a Top Secret iPod the looked and functioned like a regular iPod but had added hardware to record data. They have no idea what kind of data they helped the government record. arstechnica.com/informati…
Ulysses S. Grant created the Department of Justice, ratified the Fifteenth Amendment and asked for Congress to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1871, enabling him to combat and prosecute the Ku Klux Klan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…
Cartoonist Bill Watterson named the main characters of his popular cartoon series Calvin and Hobbes after the 16th-century theologian John Calvin and the 17th-century English philosopher Thomas Hobbes allegedly as a "tip of the hat" to the political science department at Kenyon. britannica.com/topic/Calv…
Unlike Santa's other reindeer, Rudolph is not in the public domain. The character was created for a U.S. department store in 1939. The original story remains under copyright, meaning the character can't be used without permission. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rud…
Borat was seen as a human rights victim by the State Department uk.reuters.com/article/us…
Today I learned about James Edgar, a businessman who has been credited with being the one who first came up with the idea of dressing up as Santa Claus for Christmas. He started the tradition in 1890 in his Brockton, Massachusetts, department store. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Police Woman, a 1974-1978 NBC TV show starring Angie Dickinson about a female cop caused an avalanche of applications for employment from women to police departments around the United States & was President Ford's favorite show, cancelling a press conference in order to avoid delaying an episode en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
Columbo’s famous overcoat was not part of the wardrobe department’s clothing selection, but originally purchased and owned by actor Peter Falk himself. In 1966, Falk was walking in New York when it started to rain, he entered a random shop and bought a raincoat to stay dry. columbo-site.freeuk.com/r…
George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars, has his own fire department with one fire truck. He originally had two but donated one to the Muir Beach Fire Department. There are 12 firefighters in his department and they protect his land and surrounding areas from wild fires. firehouse.com/apparatus/n…
Because the policies and activities of the Department of the Interior and many of its agencies have a substantial impact in the Western U.S., the Secretary of the Interior typically comes from a Western state; only three Secretaries have come from states east of the Misssipppi River since 1949 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
The US Department of Defense withdrew its financial and logistical support for the TV series The Lieutenant (1963–1964) after its creater Gene Roddenberry pressed ahead with a plot titled "To Set It Right" in which a white and a black man find a common cause in their roles as Marines en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
The US Department of Agriculture once had the fictional state of Wakanda listed as a free-trade partner - the Wakandans apparently sold ducks, donkeys and dairy cows. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wak…
Disney World is the second-largest purchaser of explosives in the United States. The first is the U. S. Department of Defense mygoodtimes.in/lifestyle/…
The NYC Department of Environmental Protection has been tracking sales of Pepto-Bismol and Imodium since 1995 to alert it to possible water contamination www1.nyc.gov/assets/dep/d…
George Draper Dayton, the founder of Target, had been searching for a place to build his department store in the 1890s. He was able to find the perfection location after a church burned down in 1895. He purchased the lot and built the store there. goodhousekeeping.com/home…
Many stores - including shopping malls, grocery stores, department stores, cruise ships, airports, and more - play elevator music because it can psychologically make buyers to shop longer and browse items more easily. elevatorhistory.net/eleva…
After WWII, a small electronics shop was built in a bomb-damaged department store in Tokyo. The company, Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corporation, had only $530 and 8 employees. The company invented Japan's first tape recorder and, in 1958, changed its name to Sony. museumofmagneticsoundreco…
Frances Glessner Lee created 19 intricately designed dollhouse style dioramas called the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death and set up a department of legal medicine at Harvard University with her inheritance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nut…
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is part of the Department of Commerce because President Nixon's Secretary of the Interior publicly criticized the administration's Vietnam War policy. Nixon punished him by putting the new agency under a different department. sciencemag.org/news/2012/…
Mark Twain wrote an essay entitled Concerning the Jews. He claimed Jews didn't do their part of fighting in America's military. In response, the War Department revealed that Jewish Americans were represented in the military in a larger percentage than their share of the population. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
The Mafia helped establish the Gay Bar scene in New York. Fat Tony purchased the Stonewall Inn in 1966 and transformed it into a bar and restaurant. He later bribed the New York Police Department around $1,200 a week to ignore 'indecent conduct' occurring behind closed doors. history.com/news/how-the-…
In 2006 Fiji Water ran an ad campaign that stated β€œFiji because it’s not bottled in Cleveland”. The Cleveland Water Department was insulted & began to ran scientific tests to discredit the ad campaign. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fij…
To relinquish a U.S citizenship you must pay a $2,350 State Department fee. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rel…
In 1978 Kim Jong-il kidnapped a South Korean actress and a director to work in his propaganda department. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
In 1979, George Lucas created the Lucasfilm Computer Department with two branches. The Games Group became LucasArts. The Graphics Group became Pixar en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pix…
A 13-year-old opened a hot dog stand in front of his home in Minnesota, causing a complaint to the health department. Instead of shutting him down, the inspectors helped him bring his stand up to code and paid the $87 fee for his permit out of their own pockets. cnbc.com/2018/08/05/jaequ…
An 1878 dispute between Argentina and Paraguay arbitrated by American President Rutherford Hayes giving Paraguay 60% of its current territory, led to the naming of a province after him (Presidente Hayes Department) and an official holiday (Laudo Hayes Firm Day). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rut…
The United States Department of Agriculture says the official definition of a sandwich is: β€œat least 35% cooked meat and no more than 50 percent bread”. hot-dog.org/press/nationa…
Before the creation of a public, professional, paid fire department in Boston, the city would pay whatever company arrived first at the scene of a fire, which led to intense competition, and even physical altercations between companies on the way to fires. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
For 2 weeks from when Saving Private Ryan was first screened, the Department of Veterans Affairs had to increase staffing on its telephone counseling line, as numerous veterans were disturbed by the film and were compelled to seek professional help. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Steve Wozniak has a binder of $2 bills and pulls them out as suspiciously as possible when making small purchases. One time the Secret Service was called and Steve gave them an ID saying he was a member of the β€œDepartment of Defiance” youtu.be/LJ1TIYxm1vM
A US Department of Transport study found that allowing right-turns on red lights increased pedestrian and cyclist accidents by up to 107% and 123% respectively en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
Before the Nazis adopted the Swastika in the West, it was used by Rudyard Kipling, The 45th Infantry Division of the United States Army, Carlsberg Group, the Finnish Air Force, Boy Scouts in Britain, The Royal Air Force's 273 Squadron, the Arizona Department of Transportation and many others. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wes…
The elderly couple depicted hugging each other in their beds as water ran beneath them in the film Titanic were based off of Isidor Straus and his wife Ida who both went down with the ship. Isidor Straus at the time was the co-owner of Macy's department store. encyclopedia-titanica.org…
Today I learned of the 'smoot', a unit of measurement that was created after a fraternity measured the length of a bridge using a pledge named Oliver Smoot. Smoots are marked on the bridge in increments of 10 and the Cambridge Police Department uses the markings to note the location of accidents on the bridge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smo…
In 2011 the US Department of Defense published a Counter-Zombie Dominance report as a legitimate document on how to plan and for worst case scenarios and foster out-of-box-thinking ibtimes.com/conplan-8888-…
The US Army Ordnance Department sabotaged the prototype AR-15 with 3 critical changes when it went into mass production as the M16, leading to its poor performance in the Vietnam War. theatlantic.com/magazine/…

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