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…
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…
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…
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…
About 40 of the 200 squirrels in Charlie and the chocolate factory are real, trained squirrels. youtu.be/92iTatZHnEI
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…
Many chewing gums are pink because the inventor of Double Bubble (the first bubble gum) only had pink food coloring in his factory, and others copied his invention en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dub…
Gundam Factory Yokohama is constructing an 18-meter-tall, 25-ton Gundam robot. The plan is for the robot to have a steel frame and carbon resin exterior and be powered by electric actuators, achieving β€œGundam-like movement” spectrum.ieee.org/automat…
The "Mensch of Malden Mills" could have retired when his textile factory burned down. Instead he paid employees for 60 days and rebuilt the factory in the same place. When asked about his decision, he replied: "And what would I do with it? Eat more? Buy another suit? Retire and die?" cbsnews.com/news/the-mens…
Today I learned of Vesta Stoudt. During World War 2, she came up with the idea for duct tape at her factory job. After her supervisors rejected the idea, she wrote president Roosevelt, he liked the idea and gave the letter to the War Production Board jnj.com/our-heritage/vest…
Workers in Cuban cigar factories in the early 1900s employed 'lectores' to read to them while they worked. The reading materials were often literary or political, ranging from socialists newspapers to Shakespearean plays - sometimes leading to clashes with anti-communist factory owners. mashable.com/2016/11/19/c…
Marilyn Manson wanted to be in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as Willy Wonka but wanted Willy Wonka to be a representation of Satan. culture.com/news/item/271…
Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping studied abroad in Paris at age 16 as well as in Moscow later on. He worked in a Renault plant, factories, and developed two lasting passions in France -- one was for croissants; the other was for communism pbs.org/wgbh/commandinghe…
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…
The internals of NASA's Apollo computer were handwoven like a quilt by women at a Raytheon factory in Waltham, Massachusetts. They'd sit in special rooms and use long needles with wire attached to them, carefully weaving the wiring that was to be the computers' programming. fastcompany.com/90363966/…
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/…
The origin of the British "lock-in" (Where pubs lock their doors at closing time and continue to serve customers inside) was a reaction to 1915 changes to licensing laws in England and Wales, which curtailed opening hours to stop factory workers from turning up drunk and harming the war effort. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magaz…
The creator of the 'Oh Yeah' song from Ferris Beuller is a swiss Millionare, professional gambler, performance artist, movie director, watch designer, investor, and chocolate factory owner. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die…
In 2012 an employee at a Bumble Bee Tuna factory was killed when he was cooked in an oven with 12,000lbs of tuna. nbcnews.com/news/us-news/…
In 1942 the song "Deep in the Heart of Texas" was banned by BBC during working hours on the grounds that its infectious melody might cause wartime factory-hands to neglect their tools while they clapped in time with the song. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dee…
Sindberg is virtually unknown in his home country of Denmark but considered a folk hero in China where he is estimated to have saved 20.000 during the Nanjing massacre. Armed only with the Danish flag he held off the Japanese from entering the makeshift shelter he set up in a cement factory. thenanjinger.com/news/nan…
Roald Dahl (author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) popularized the concept of gremlins, which were a myth among pilots in the Royal Air Force, in his first novel, written for Walt Disney Productions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
For months, scientists in France could not figure out why seagulls they were tracking were traveling far inland, away from their breeding colony. Eventually, they traced the seagulls' path and discovered they were visiting a chip factory. vliz.be/en/2013-06-18-les…
The original name for Mike Teavee in *Charlie and the Chocolate Factory* was β€œHerpes Trout” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
There is a sequel to "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", called "Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator". It features space travel, Cold War politics, aliens, and Charlie's grandparents abusing drugs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Wolfsburg's Volkswagen factory is not only one of the world's largest automotive factories but also produces sausages. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wol…
The iconic rear spoilers on Lamborghini Countachs first installed by a customer were entirely cosmetic & non functional, in fact it added drag since the car already had problematic lift at the front. When it was popularized by Cannonball Run, Lambo had little chose but to offer factory options drivetribe.com/p/the-stor…
Chinese factories sometimes label their goods "Made in PRC" (people's republic of China) instead of "Made in China" due to the stigma of the name meaning bad-quality. all-spares.com/en/technic…
Roald Dahl author of charlie and the chocolate factory and Matilda was the author behind the screenplay for "You only live twice" despite having no experience writing a screenplay except for a movie unfinished called "The Bells of Hell Go Ting-a-ling-a-ling" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You…
A factory worker was slowly cooked to death in an industrial oven after his son-in-law locked him inside it. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england…
Jon Lovitz smashed Any Dick's head into a bar top at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon…
The horse's head in the bed in The Godfather was real. The mock up looked too fake so they got one from a dog food factory. entertainment.time.com/20…
The original drafts of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory included a child named Herpes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The origin of the school/college bell is attributed to the factory model of education called the "cells and bells" in the early 20th century. It was intended to neurologically influence inculcating adaption to the factory bell. virtualbx.com/industry-ne…
When Charles Dickens was 12 years old, his father was thrown into prison for debt. Charles was forced to leave school and work ten-hour days at a boot factory in order to help support his family. The poor conditions of the working class became a major theme in several of his works. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Spanish ultrarunner Ricardo Abad holds the world record for running a marathon every day for 607 consecutive days. He ran all these marathons alongside working 8 hour shifts in a factory. revolvy.com/page/Ricardo-…
Until 1996, NYPD cars were painted blue. They phased out the blue cars in favor of factory white, resulting in a $1 million savings. Light blue shirts were replaced with dark blue to "hide coffee and donut stains" nytimes.com/1996/06/25/ny…
After Germany's surrender in WWI, and the subsequent limitations on their aircraft industry, Anthony Fokker moved his factory to West Virginia. moundsville.org/2019/02/0…
The Allied Forces had planned to bomb the Toyota factory but the company was saved by the end of WWII blog.logomyway.com/histor…
In Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, Charlie was originally black. movieweb.com/willy-wonka-…
The first time the movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory was broadcast on American television the first 40 minutes was not shown, because the football game that preceded it went into overtime. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Peter Ostrum, who played Charlie in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, never took another film role and instead found a career as a vet. He did not speak publicly about the film for nearly twenty years, and for several years even his wife did not know about his role. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
A 2004 American Public Health Association (APHA) resolution called for a moratorium factory farms for growing antibiotic resistance of pathogens, drinking water contamination from waste, severe respiratory problems in workers, and illnesses among people living nearby jhsph.edu/news/news-relea…
In the last days of WW1, the Germans blew up all the French factories, bridges and railways they could and flooded the mines in France's most industrial area. This was the reason why France asked reparations from Germany, French economy needed that to survive after what the Germans had done en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
Roald Dahl, the author of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and other well acknowledged books for children also wrote adult novels, such as "My Uncle Oswald" - about selling semen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_…
When the English potter, Josiah Wedgwood, spotted inferior work in his pottery plant, he would frequently dump it on the factory floor and crush it with his peg leg saying, "This will not do for Josiah Wedgwood!" newworldencyclopedia.org/…
, a 1944 issue of Life magazine showed Shirley Hatfield and Frankie McCoy (of the Hatfield - McCoy feuding families), working together in a local factory that produced military uniforms, symbolizing the unifying effect of America’s war efforts at the height of World War II. history.com/news/7-things…
Tony Iommi, of Black Sabbath, accidentally cut off the tips of two fingers on his right hand on his last day of work in a sheet metal factory. He was depressed, until his factory manager told him about Django Reinhardt- a guitarist who had also lost some fingers. It inspired him to play. youtube.com/watch?v=APTjx…
The munitions factory used by Oskar Schindler to save 1200 Jewish workers during WWII is set to be turned into a Holocaust Memorial and Exhibition. news.artnet.com/exhibitio…
The first edition of β€œWilly Wonka And The Chocolate Factory” Oompa Loompas were African Pygmies. groovyhistory.com/oompa-l…
The people of Ringaskiddy, Ireland have claimed for decades that fumes from a nearby Pfizer factory producing Viagra causes a "Pfizer riser" in both men and dogs. The pharmaceutical has said that this is nothing more than an "amusing" local myth. thecomeback.com/general/i…
Mercaptan is such a smelly chemical that when the gas leaked from a factory in France, even people in Great Britain could still smell it. bbc.com/news/world-europe…
Tony Iommi, lead guitarist of Black Sabbath, lost the tips of the middle and ring fingers of his right hand in an accident on his last day of work in a sheet metal factory. He went on to be ranked number 25 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ton…
Charlie from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was originally written as "a little black boy." Roald Dahl's agent pushed changing the character to white as he thought a black Charlie would not appeal to readers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
In the Great Depression, IBM laid off no employees and closed no factories. Despite collapsing sales, production continued with years of surplus machines being stockpiled. The gamble paid off when the Social Security Act was signed, starting an unprecedented demand for accounting machines usatoday30.usatoday.com/t…
Chef Boyardee was commissioned by the US military during World War II for the production of army rations, requiring their factory to run 24 hours a day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
During the Civil War, the workers of Manchester England voted to support the blockade, meaning they’d get no goods for their cloth factories. Lincoln sent a most eloquent Thank You letter. thewei.com/kimi/why-an-am…
Academy award-winner Bong Joon-ho made "Okja"(2017) after watching Sergio Arguello’s β€œLa Parka” (β€œThe Reaper”), a film about a slaughterhouse worker who spent 25 years killing bulls, and Nikolaus Geyrhalter's β€œOur Daily Bread,” a film about EU factory-farming. youtube.com/watch?v=Tzr3Q…
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was Tim Burton's second choice to portray Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) as a backup in case Johnny Depp wasn't available. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The original version of Les Paul guitar nicknamed "the Log" was crafted in an Epiphone factory. Les Paul then approached Gibson but got rejected calling the prototype, "broomstick with a pickup. " It would take a decade before Gibson finally accepts the idea. premierguitar.com/article…
A serial killer in Canada was disposing of his victims’ bodies in a meat processing factory he owned and sold the remains to the community as food. theglobeandmail.com/amp/n…
Jack Albertson (Grandpa Joe in Charlie and the Chocolate factory) won an academy award for best supporting actor in 1968 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
- The US government had a secret operation called 'Project Eldest Son' during the Vietnam war. It involved leaving behind thousands of rounds of faulty ammo that would backfire in Vietcong AKs while also leaking fake documents that questioned quality control in Chinese munition factories. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
The massive velocity of the Paris Gun used in 1918 meant that each shell fired had a larger diameter than the previous or the gun would blow up. The shells were numerically ordered by size from the factory to make sure you fired the right one. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
North Korea is obsessed with Choco Pies from S Korea. There's a black market for them, and factories once used them to pay worker bonuses. In 2014, S Korean activists sent 10K pies to NK with helium balloons. After an injured NK defector crossed the DMZ in 2017, he was given a lifetime supply. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cho…
Nabulsi soap, is a Palestinian hard olive-oil based soap where it is still hand-made in factories in the West Bank since the 10th century en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nab…
40 real squirrels were trained to crack nuts for Charlie & the Chocolate Factory instead of using CGI news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magaz…
When Roald Dahl attended school, the nearby Cadbury chocolate factory would occasionally send boxes of new chocolates to the school to be tested by students. It is believed that this likely inspired him in writing his third children's book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. bbc.com/news/uk-england-d…
Until 1800 each gun was made with unique parts. It wasn’t until interchangeable parts were invented that you could take 10 guns apart, mix them up, and make 10 guns. This invention enables modern factory production. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hon…
Falmouth, Massachusetts Was Once Home To The World's Largest Mushroom Factory capenews.net/falmouth/new…
After his career in the NFL, Terry Crews spent a year nearly broke, having to get a job sweeping floors at a factory. After a few small roles, he would eventually get his acting breakthrough in 2002 with β€œFriday After Next” and the rest is history. businessinsider.com/terry…
Engineers have the 5th highest suicide rate of all professions, right after factory workers. cbsnews.com/news
The USSR opened its first toilet paper factory in 1969. rbth.com/history/328837-t…
Cuban cigar factories hire "lectores" who read stories to the cigar-makers. [Video, 2:15] youtube.com/watch?v=nkcy2…
NYC beekeepers noticed their bees making red honey, which led to an investigation that ultimately exposed the city's largest marijuana farm in the basement of a Brooklyn cherry factory thedailybeast.com/how-bee…
Today I learned about bees in Brooklyn who produced red honey which led to an investigation at a nearby marachino cherry factory which led to the discovery of a marijuana farm beneath the factory. The owner committed suicide before getting busted. newyorker.com/magazine/20…
For his song, β€œAin’t No Sunshine,” Bill Withers intended to write more lyrics instead of repeating the phrase "I know" 26 times, but followed advice of other musicians to leave it, β€œI was this factory worker puttering around," Withers said. "So when they said to leave it like that, I left it." wikipedia.org/wiki/Ain%27…
Martha Wash, of β€œIt’s Raining Men” fame, had TWO different musical groups try to pass her voice off as someone else’s. Both C+C Music Factory & Black Box had videos showing other (thinner) women lip syncing to Martha Wash’s vocals. Vocal credit on albums became mandatory after she sued. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
The US government had a secret military operation called Project Eldest Son during the Vietnam War. It involved leaving behind thousands of rounds of faulty ammo that would backfire in Vietcong AKs while also leaking fake docs that questioned quality control in Chinese munitions factories. militaryhistorynow.com/20…
The inventor of the smoke detector (Duane Pearsall) originally wanted to make an ion generator designed to control static electricity in factories and photo labs called a β€œstatic neutralizer.” But when one of his technicians lit up a cigarette, a meter measuring the ions went haywire. nytimes.com/2013/12/22/ma…
Roald Dahl, author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (and many others), also wrote stories for Playboy. The book Switch Bitch is a collection of those stories en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swi…
US auto factories built over 3 million cars in 1941. During the rest of WWII through 1945, only 139 cars were built. pbs.org/thewar/at_home_wa…
Chevrolet Corvette Z06 buyers have a $5,000 option of going to the Corvette factory and putting their car's engine together with the help of a Chevy technician. The engine is then fitted with a plaque bearing the owner/builder's name and assembly date. caranddriver.com/news/for…
Kickstarter's headquarters are housed in the former Eberhard Faber Pencil Factory in Brooklyn, New York businessinsider.com/kicks…
Disney once planned a U.S. history-themed amusement park in Virginia. Plans called for replicas of a Native American village and Ellis Island, a mock factory town, and an attraction to "make you feel what ... what it was like to escape through the underground railroad." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
During WWII a group of prisoners at Auschwitz succeeded in blowing up one of the crematoriums using gunpowder smuggled one teaspoon at a time from the nearby munitions factory where some prisoners were forced to work. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roz…
When Apple finds underage workers in its suppliers’ factories they make the suppliers return the children to their homes, pay for their education and continue to provide income for basic needs until they reach the legal working age. After this, suppliers must offer them reemployment. bgr.com/2017/01/23/apple-…
Italy's first Military Battle after WW2 was at Checkpoint Pasta outside an abandoned Barilla factory in Somalia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Roald Dahl, author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, had written his first book β€˜The Gremlins’ for Walt Disney Productions. A full length feature film was planned but was abandoned during pre-production due to British military interference. The 1984 film Gremlins is an homage to the book. wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gr…
The world's biggest Bible factory is in China en.people.cn/n3/2016/0612…
Today I learned about "The Radium Girls", female factory workers who contracted radiation poisoning from painting watch dials with self-luminous paint. The women, told the paint was harmless, ingested deadly amounts of radium after being instructed to "point" their brushes between their lips for a fine point. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
In March 1848, Niagara Falls froze over and was completely blocked with ice. Factories shuttered, the US Cavalary marched on the dry riverbed, loggers collected ancient logs, and souvenir hunters collected relics from the War of 1812 buffalonews.com/2017/03/2…
Today I learned of the Wanggongchang gunpowder factory explosion of 1626, in Beijing, China. It killed 20,000, and was heard 150km away. Victims were stripped of their clothing due to the force of the blast. The cause has never been determined. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wan…
The last car to come with a cassette player factory installed was the 2010 Lexus SC 430. huffpost.com/us/entry/us_…
Boeing factory in Seattle is so massive that it began generating its own weather and clouds inside the facility until a state-of-the-art air circulation system was installed. smh.com.au/world/inside-b…
Dane Cook has Laugh Factory's endurance record of performing for 7 hours straight, beating previous record held by Dave Chappelle by 38 minutes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
Charlie Bucket, the main character in Roald Dahl's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", according to Dahl's widow, was originally written as "a little black boy". Dahl's agent, who thought a black Charlie would not appeal to readers, insisted that Charlie be white. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
"These days, dead and unwanted horses aren’t sent to the glue factory as often they are sent across the border, slaughtered, and harvested for their valuable meat" slate.com/human-interest/…
The Radium Girls were female factory workers who contracted radiation poisoning from painting watch dials with self-luminous paint. For the delicate task of applying the paint to the tiny dials, the women were instructed to point the brushes with their lips. cnn.com/style/article/rad…
Roald Dahl, author of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "James and the Giant Peach", was also British spy known for gaining intelligence through sex. telegraph.co.uk/culture/b…

Please note that this site uses cookies to personalise content and adverts, to provide social media features, and to analyse web traffic. Click here for more information.