Casey Kasem, the original voice of Shaggy on Scooby-Doo, was a vegan and critic of factory farming. Kasem quit the show in 1995 when he was asked to voice Shaggy for a Burger King commercial. He would not agree to return until 2002 when producers agreed to have Shaggy become a vegetarian. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) was produced by Quaker Oats. Idea was that they were going to release a chocolate bar & the movie would promote it. However they goofed the formula & it melted at room temperature. So when the movie was released, there was no chocolate bar to sell. mashed.com/320305/the-tru…
Nintendo created an entire factory for the sole purpose of creating Virtual Boy consoles. It expected to sell 1.5 million units of the Virtual Boy within its first year. The Virtual Boy sold a total of 770,000 units during its entire lifetime. It is the company's worst-selling console. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vir…
The only factory in the world that produces Coffee Crisp is located in Toronto, Canada, and that the chocolate bar itself is sold almost exclusively in Canada. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cof…
Tommy Iommi, guitarist of the band Black Sabbath, lost part of his fingers in a factory accident and has been using prosthetic finger tips during his entire career rockandrollgarage.com/bla…
An early draft of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" called "Charlie's Chocolate Boy" has a Black-skinned Charlie get trapped in a life-sized chocolate mold. Unaware that Charlie is inside, Wonka brings the chocolate home for his son's Easter basket, and Charlie thwarts a home invasion. theguardian.com/books/201…
To get around the Versailles Treaty restrictions, and before WW2 started, the Germans built tanks in Stalingrad and Aircraft factories near Moscow youtu.be/Ip-RZjKy8jA?t=44…
Today I learned of Garum, a type of fish sauce which the romans adored. It smelled so bad that Garum factories could only be found outside the city walls, but it was still the ancient world's favorite topping, which accompanied most of their foods en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gar…
Duct tape was invented by Vesta Stoudt, a factor worker during WWII and the mother of 2 sons in the Navy. When her supervisors at the factory dismissed her idea for a stronger cloth-based tape, she wrote a letter to President FDR, who then ordered Johnson&Johnson to manufacture her idea. kilmerhouse.com/2012/06/t…
At the Volkswagen Autostadt in Wolfsburg Germany, there are two towers of cars. New cars can be ordered from here and they are transported from the factory to this tower via an underground tunnel, and are then lifted into a parking spot until the customer takes delivery. interestingengineering.co…
North Korea has 1 of the biggest art factories, which makes both state propaganda, and colossal monuments that many countries have bought eg, Senegal’s African Renaissance Monument, in Dakar, 164 feet tall, taller than Rio de Janeiro’s Cristo Redentor en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
The very last factory cassette deck available on a new car was in the 2010 Lexus SC430. autoguide.com/auto-news/2…
The first person in recorded history to be killed by a robot was a factory worker at the Ford Motor Company in 1979. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Phillip Wiegratz who played Augustus Gloop - an obese child who does not stop eating in Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory wore a fat suit for the role and did his own stunts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
During WWII the piano manufacturer Steinway & sons didn't want to repurpose their factory for the war effort and instead decided to create a special piano called the Victory Vertical. They could be parachuted over the battle field, in order to boost the troop's morale. steinway.com/news/feature…
Today I learned about NIKE model: don’t own any factories, produce your products through an intricate web of contractors and subcontractors, and pour resources into design and marketing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nik…
That, in 1968, Mao gifted factory workers with mangoes he received from Pakistan's foreign minister. They were interpreted as symbols of Mao's favour towards the peasantry, and a cult dedicated towards mango worship was established. bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-3…
Thomas Edison designed the factory that first produced Kingsford charcoal briquettes. Kingsford made charcoal briquettes to use up the scrap wood from Henry Ford's production of the Model T. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin…
Bees indirectly led to the discovery of New York's largest marijuana Farm underneath a Brooklyn cherry factory firstwefeast.com/eat/2015…
When Upton Sinclair published his landmark 1906 work "The Jungle” about the lives of meatpacking factory workers, he hoped it would lead to worker protection reforms. Instead, it lead to sanitation reforms, as middle class readers were horrified their meat came from somewhere so unsanitary. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In 1900 at a college football game in San Francisco, hundreds of people climbed on the roof of a glass factory to watch the game. When the roof collapsed they were dumped into a hot glass furnace where 22 died and hundreds were injured. sfchronicle.com/college/o…
Dwayne Johnson was Tim Burton's second choice to play Willy Wonka in Charlie and The Chocolate Factory if Johnny Depp wasn't available. etonline.com/movies/14887…
Fiat's Lingotto factory was built in 1923 as five stories with a racetrack on top. With an upward assembly line, production began at the bottom floor and progressed upward until completion. When a Fiat finished its climb through 16,000,000 sq. feet, it exited by roof and was raced by employees. jalopnik.com/fiat-s-roof-…
The first toilet paper factory in the USSR was built in 1969, 8 years after they went to space. rbth.com/history/328837-t…
The rights to the film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory was bought from author Roald Dahl and financed by the Quaker Oats Company as a vehicle to introduce it’s new "Wonka Bars" but the candy didn’t arrive on shelves until years after the film's release due to factory production problems. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nes…
When Henry Ford doubled the pay of his auto workers from $2.50 per day to $5, he didn't do it for altruistic reasons. His factory had one of the highest turnover rates (due to danger of the assembly line and tedium of the work). After the raises, it dropped to the lowest. wsws.org/en/articles/2014…
Disgraced/ousted founder of American Apparel, Dov Charney, bought back 90% of his former factory equipment during bankruptcy sale, and formed Los Angeles Apparel, which currently employs 1800+ and sells to many former clients. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los…
Ferrari employees are not allowed to buy their own cars from the factory line thedrive.com/news/12689/f…
Zero Freitas has the largest collection of vinyl records in the world, over six million. Stored in boxes in a 25,000-square-foot former factory in SΓ£o Paulo, at an average of 40 minutes per record, listening 10 hours per day, it would take over 1,095 years to hear each track. theguardian.com/music/201…
The Bopal Chemical Disaster in India, where a methyl-isocyanate leak (500 times deadlier than hydrogen cyanide) from a factory killed more than 8000 residents in one night. The MIC leak went undetected due to the factory's earlier removal of the alarm siren in order to not disturb its neighbours theguardian.com/environme…
The five-story Lingotto building in Turin, Italy, was formerly a Fiat factory, and includes a test track on the roof, where cars would be rolled off the assembly line and tested. slate.com/blogs/atlas_obs…
Coca-Cola still uses coca-leaves as an ingredient in its syrup. The cocaine is removed at a unique US government authorized factory in New Jersey. businessinsider.com/what-…
Adidas and Puma were the result of two brothers, Adolf & Rudolf Dassler, who created the Dassler Brothers Shoe Factory and had a falling out which caised to split and form their own rival companies. Adolf who was nicknamed Adi Das made Adidas and Rudolf went on to make Puma. historybyday.com/human-st…
A chocolate river existed in 1971. The famous chocolate river from the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory film was made with 15,000 gallons of water mixed with chocolate and cream. The river spoiled fairly quickly due to the cream and the cast said it stank. flitto.com/content/2753
There are more companies making pianos in China than there are piano stores in the USA. The largest piano manufacturer in China (Pearl River) has three factories in China, any one of which produces more pianos than all the new pianos sold in the USA each year livingpianos.com/where-ar…
Gunpei Yokoi, original designer of Nintendo Game Boy, was initially hired as a maintenance worker at Nintendo. He was promoted to the design suite in 1966 after the then President of Nintendo Yamauchi in his factory visit noticed a toy Yokoi built in his spare time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun…
The first battle involving Italian military personnel since the end of WW2 is known as "Battle of the Pasta Factory" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
The area south of Berlin where the Tesla Giga Factory is being built was also the birth place in the 50s of a plastic material durable and flexible enough to be be used as car body for the iconic Trabant. bpb.de/geschichte/zeitges…
Lotus cars were initially sold as car kits which the buyer has to assemble themselves. This was done to sace up on purchase tax. It wasn't until late 1960's that they set up a factory and actually started manufacturing the whole car and selling them en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lot…
Today I learned of the 1888 Matchgirl's strike at Bryant & May match factory. If employees complained of toothaches (indicative of 'phossy jaw' - phosphorus necrosis of the jaw), they were told to get the tooth removed or they would be terminated. That and other factors led to a worker's strike. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
One of the deadliest explosions in history occurred in Beijing in 1626. An unexplained explosion at a gunpowder factory obliterated 4 square kilometers of city and killed around 20,000 people. The blast itself was about as powerful as the nuclear explosion over Hiroshima. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wan…
Bees can produce coloured β€œhoney”. Beekeepers in northeastern France noticed that their bees were producing honey in unnatural shades of green and blue. The reason turned out to be that the bees had been eating remnants of M&M candy shells from a nearby factory. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Old automobile paint collected from the floor of the factory was cut and polished into β€œFordite” aka Detroit Agate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
The chocolate river in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory really was made of chocolate. It was a mixture of 150,000 gallons of water, chocolate, and cream. thebreeze.co.nz/home/othe…
The German village in the final scenes of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory has multiple houses built from stone containing tiny diamonds from a meteorite impact. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N%C…
Peter Ostrum, who played Charlie in the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory currently earns just $8-9 every three months from royalty payments. nny360.com/news/wonka-fil…
During WW2, the United States Air Force conducted strategic bombing on German ball bearing factories. This was believed to reduce the production of machine guns, tanks, planes, artillery, and submarines since they relied heavily on these parts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sec…
Bill Withers, the singer song writer of "Aint no Sunshine" was a factory worker making airplane toilets when he wrote the hit song at age 31. After the song hit gold, the record company presented him with a gold toilet marking the start of his new career. smoothradio.com/features/…
When Bill Withers debuted with β€œAin’t no Sunshine” in 1971, he refused to leave his job as an assembler in a factory, believing that the music business was a fickle industry rollingstone.com/music/mu…
The Slim Jim beef jerky factory in Garner coincidentally closed down on the same day that spokesman "Macho Man" Randy Savage died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sli…

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