Jeremy Clarkson was fired from "Top Gear" for punching a producer who told him the hotel kitchen was closed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jer…
In 1963 Robert Kearns invented the intermittent windshield wiper, presented it to Ford Motor Co. and was hired. Ford fired him and took his technology. He sued Ford for patent infringement and after 12 yrs. of litigation, at times without a lawyer, the court awarded Kearns 10.3 M dollars. thehustle.co/windshield-w…
During WWII there was an event known as that 'Battle of Los Angeles'. Citizens and military thought the Japanese were attacking Los Angeles and fired AA guns into the sky. Turns out it was only a lost weather balloon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard was placed in command of of a Navy Ship during WW2. He wound up being engaged in combat with absolutely nothing for 68 hours and accidentally conducted live fire exercises on a Mexican Island, which led to him being fired. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
CIA revealed a "heart attack" gun in 1975. A battery operated gun which fired a dart of frozen water & shellfish toxin. Once inside the body it would melt leaving only a small red mark on the victim where it entered. The official cause of death would always be a heart attack. historycollection.com/con…
Today I learned about the Aroostook War, a diplomatic spat between British Canada and the US over the official border between New Brunswick and Maine in 1838-39. While no shots were fired, police, militia and lumberjacks were mobilized. The only reported casualties were two Canadians mauled by a bear. rcinet.ca/en/2017/02/08/c…
Suzanne Somers was fired from 'Three’s Company' for asking for equal pay with her male co-star, John Ritter, who was earning five times her salary. biography.com/news/suzann…
Today I learned of Canadian conservation officer Bryce Casavant, dispatched to kill a female black bear found eating from a freezer in a mobile home park. He complied with the order to kill the mother bear but got fired for refusing to kill her 2 cubs. He finally won a legal battle to vindicate his decision. theguardian.com/world/202…
Today I learned about the YONSHAKUDAMA, the world’s largest firework weighing in at 420 KG. It is fired every year in Japan. epicfireworks.com/blogs/n…
On Queen Elizabeth II's trip to New Zealand in 1981, a 17-year old fired at gun at her, hoping to kill her youtube.com/watch?v=37N3M…
A the Netherlands supposedly declared war on the Isles of Scilly (off the southwestern coast of Cornwall, England) in 1651, and essentially forgot about it until a treaty was signed 335 years later, in 1986. Not a single shot was ever fired. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thr…
The founder of Old Bay seafood seasoning founded his own company after being fired by McCormick after two days on the job after they found out he was Jewish en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old…
Today I learned about Arash, a heroic archer-figure of Iranian mythology. According to folklore, at the end of the Iran-Turan war, Arash imbued an arrow with his life energy and fired it. The arrow traveled a thousand leagues, and where it landed marked the new border between the warring countries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ara…
, in 1959, the submarine USS Barbero fired a nuclear-capable cruise missile carrying 3000 letters towards a naval base in Mayport, Florida, as part of the Post Office Department's plan of testing the capabilities of 'missile mail' popularmechanics.com/flig…
When the Union abandoned a fort in Florida, they left behind a single soldier as caretaker. When the Confederacy marched on the fort, the lone soldier refused to surrender without a receipt for the fort. He received one, and the fort was taken without a shot fired. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
After the USS William D Porter accidentally fired a torpedo at the battleship carrying President Roosevelt to the Tehran Conference during WWII, other ships began greeting the Porter by signaling "Don't shoot, we're Republicans." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
That, in 1986, Michael Moore was an editor for the progressive magazine Mother Jones. He was fired after only four months. The reasoning behind his firing is disputed, but he sued for $2 million, settled for $58,000, and used that money to fund his first movie. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
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…
The only U.S. Secret Service officer killed protecting a president is Leslie Coffelt. Shot three times in the abdomen, he fired one round and hit Truman's attempted assassin in the back of the head from 31 feet away with his revolver. wtop.com/gallery/white-ho…
Jahna Steele was voted Las Vegas' "Sexiest Showgirl on The Strip" in 1991, "Las Vegas Entertainer of the Year" in 1992, and "Most Beautiful Showgirl" in 1993. She was later fired from the "Crazy Girls Revue" show when people found out she was transgendered. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jah…
The USS Arizona, sunk during the Pearl Harbor attack, had the guns of her number 2 turret salvaged. They were straightened, relined, and installed on the USS Nevada during a refit of that ship, and were later fired at the Japanese at Iwo Jima and Okinawa en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
Limonene (an extract from citrus peels) was used as an experimental liquid rocket fuel, and blanketed the entire testing area with the smell of lemon oil whenever it was fired. gilesorr.com/blog/ignitio…
Siegfried and Roy were fired from their first gig together for bringing a live cheetah on a cruise ship. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sie…
In 1981 Ronald Reagan fired 11,359 striking air-traffic controllers history.com/this-day-in-h…
Planes in WW1 used a "Synchronization Gear" to prevent the bullets fired from the machine gun mounted behind the propeller from hitting it popularmechanics.com/flig…
Today I learned of the 1835 assasination plot on the French king. The corsican Giuseppe Fieschi had bulit a "Machine infernale" that unleashed a simultaneous volley of 25 guns strapped on a wooden frame. Once fired it killed 18 and wounded 22, but it also exploded severly injuring Fieschi. The king survived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
Today I learned of guitarist Dave Mustaine who was fired from his band for drug abuse, alcoholism, and aggressive behavior. He went on to form his own band, Megadeth, which would go on to sell 25 million albums worldwide. The band that fired him? Metallica. drmani.com/subtle-art-not…
S Club 7, one of the biggest British groups of the 90s, was 'created' by Simon Fuller the day after he was fired by the Spice Girls. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S_C…
The US President has sole authority to authorize the use of nuclear weapons and does not need the concurrence of his military advisors or US Congress to order the launch of nuclear weapons. Land-based missles can be fired in 3 mins. crsreports.congress.gov/p…
Although less talked about, the trauma of unexpectedly getting fired is very similar to the trauma of being left by a loved one. abandonment.net/fired-fro…
New Orleans architectural historian Samuel Wilson, Jr. stated that the term "shotgun" house is a reference to the idea that if all the doors are opened, a shotgun blast fired into the house from the front doorway will fly cleanly to the other end and out at the back. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
Jimmy Claxton was the first Black American to play organized White baseball in the 20th century, he was fired 6 days later when it was revealed he was also part Black as well as part Native American ancestry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
In 2018 a Nebraska school cook was fired after serving Kangaroo Meat to students time.com/5430454/nebraska…
In 1956 an F-11 Tiger fighter plane shots itself down because it was faster than the speed of the 20-millimeter cannon rounds it fired moments before it crashes. popularmechanics.com/mili…
N.Machiavelli, fired from his job, subjected to torture and exiled in his farm after the fall of the republic, would return from the fields at dusk and put on a diplomat's formal attire just to make himself feel better while he was studying alone. At around this time he wrote "the prince" courses.washington.edu/hs…
When a Taser is fired, it releases tiny bits of uniquely numbered confetti that correlate to the specific weapon. It can then allow Taser International to track the sale of the specific weapon, which could lead police to the buyer bernews.com/2010/04/polic…
After the Beatles fired drummer Pete Best in favor of Ringo Starr, he formed a new band and released the album: "Best of the Beatles", a play on his own name. This led to disappointment from fans who bought the album without reading the track listing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
Today I learned of Margaret Corbin. During the battle of Fort Washington, her husband fell in action. She took control of the cannon and fired well aimed shots at the enemy before being seriously wounded. She later became the first woman in U.S. history to receive a pension from Congress for military service. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
George Fan (Designer and Creator of Plants vs Zombies) was fired by EA in 2012 for refusing to add microtransactions as he was against the idea of making Plants vs Zombies a pay to win game. bleedingcool.com/games/ea…
Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan played the same character on the All My Children soap opera. Jordan landed the role of Reggie Porter after Boseman was fired from it for Refusing to Play a Racial Stereotype indiewire.com/2019/01/cha…
Barnstorming, a form of rural entertainment where stunt pilots performed tricks individually or in flying circuses, was first performed by Charles Foster Willard. He's also the first person to be shot down in an airplane when an annoyed farmer fired a squirrel gun at him and broke his propeller. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Today I learned of John Sedgwick, a civil war General who shortly prior to being killed by a rifle shot was heard reprimanding his soldiers for flinching when the enemy fired by saying: "They couldn't hit an elephant from there" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
In 2012, a burger king employee anonymously posted an image on 4-chan of him putting his feet in lettuce, with the caption: "This is the lettuce you eat at Burger King." It took 20 minutes for people to track down the branch the employee worked at and contact the news. He was promptly fired. mashable.com/2012/07/19/4…
2 hours before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the USS Ward identified and destroyed a Japanese mini-sub attempting to pass through the anti-submarine nets at Pearl Harbor. These were the first American shots fired during WW2, and removed America's neutrality in the war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
In Tucson, Arizonan in 1970, a teacher was fired for being a witch. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flo…
In 2012 a lifeguard named Tommy Lopez was fired for saving a drowning man who was outside the protected area youtube.com/watch?v=9mKj7…
The Danish astronomer who demonstrated light has a speed, invented a precursor to the Fahrenheit scale, and invented the mercury thermometer... also ran the police force in Copenhagen and fired all the officers because morale was low. independent.co.uk/news/pe…
Producer Jeffrey Katzenberg revived Walt Disney Studios by many of their biggest hits: The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. After these he requested a promotion, and was then abruptly fired by them. He then swore revenge against Disney and founded Dreamworks. hollywoodreporter.com/fea…
Brittany Broski, the "Kombucha Girl", was fired after her boss discovered her memetic video and decided that Brittany's fame would be dangeous to the bank she worked at. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
Robert Bork, the SCOTUS nominee the Democrats voted down, fired the special prosecutor looking at Watergate at Nixon's request after his two predecessors refused to and resigned. He also stated a desire to roll back the civil rights decisions of the Warren and Burger courts en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…

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