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…
The original director of Jaws was Dick Richards but they fired him because he wouldn’t stop referring to the shark as a whale en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaw…
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…
In 2005 the president of Georgia fired the country's entire traffic police force of around 30,000 officers due to widespread corruption. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law…
Sony reportedly fired Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man and nearly replaced him with Jake Gyllenhaal because they suspected Tobey of faking an injury to negotiate bigger pay. hindustantimes.com/hollyw…
In California, teachers can get fired for identifying as communist dailybulletin.com/2013/01…
Michael BublΓ© was fired as an extra from The X-Files because he stole a hot dog off the craft services table. cinemablend.com/televisio…
When Boeing fired over 70,000 employees in Seattle during the 1970s Boeing Bust, a billboard was placed on the highway leaving Seattle stating: β€œWill the last person leaving Seattle turn out the lights.” seattletimes.com/seattle-…
It is rumored that Pablo Escobar committed suicide. It was never confirmed that a police officer fired the fatal shot through his ear. His brothers insisted "he would say to me every day that if he was really cornered without a way out, he would 'shoot himself through the ear'" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pab…
Today I learned of Leona Helmsley, one of New York's richest women who was described as a tyrannical boss that fired people for the slightest mistakes. She left a $12 million dollar inheritance to her dog while cutting out her grandchildren from the will. youtube.com/watch?v=gxnQA…
Bruce Lee’s son, Brandon Lee, was killed while filming a scene where his character gets shot. A bullet had become lodged in the barrel of the gun and when a dummy round was subsequently fired, the force expelled the bullet and hit Lee in the abdomen. He died a few hours later en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
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…
In 2005 Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili fired all of the traffic police in his country, cutting 25,000 to 30,000 police from the payroll to fight corruption. He also increased the minimum weekly salary from $30-$40 to around $400 for the new officers. tandfonline.com/doi/abs/1…
While making the movie The Incredibles, director Brad Bird intentionally used the artists who were likely to quit or get fired from Pixar. He believed that only they could create what he wanted in the movie. cartoonresearch.com/index…
After WWII, Col. S. L. A. Marshal published a report that found only 15-20% of soldiers in combat fired to kill during the war, even if their lives were threatened. This prompted the US Army to switch from bulls-eye targets to sillouette targets to desensitize soldiers to killing killology.com/aggression-…
In 1775, Mass. farmer Samuel Whittemore, 78 and alone, fired upon British soldiers killing 3. Now out of ammo, he drew his sword to continue the fight. He was shot in the face, bayoneted multiple times, and left for dead. When found, he was trying to reload his musket. He died 18 years later. newenglandhistoricalsocie…
The Soviets told the inventor of the Theremin that "electricity is not good for music; electricity is to be used for electrocution" and then fired him en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
Firing squads would always have one gun shooting a blank. This ensures that no one in the group is able to know for sure which of them fired the fatal round, deterring some of the guilt. crimemuseum.org/crime-lib…
A Cantor Fitzgerald employee survived 9/11 because she had been laid off less than 24 hours before the attacks. Afterwards, she learned she had never technically been fired because the HR employees that would have processed her layoff all died on 9/11. theatlantic.com/ideas/arc…
COLONEL SANDERS Tried to sell his recipes to other restaurants. His recipe was rejected 1,009 times, When finally in 1952, He sold his secret recipe "Kentucky Fried Chicken" for the first time to the operator of one of the city's largest restaurants.A 6th grade drop out, fired from multiple jobs youtube.com/watch?v=4xpIJ…
On Kinmen (a small group of islands off the coast of mainland China controlled by Taiwan) knives are made from spent artillery shells. "Kinmen knives" were originally made from Allied artillery during WWII; blacksmiths now use shells fired from mainland China during the 1950s-1970s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin…
The hwacha was a rocket launcher from 15th century Korea, which fired up to 200 rocket-powered arrows. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hwa…
FARC got tricked into giving up their most high profile hostage and 14 others. The Colombian army made up a NGO which would transfer captives by helicopter. Once aboard the chopper, the soldiers revealed the ruse and arrested the militants, freeing all hostages. Not a single shot was fired. theguardian.com/world/200…
When German Instrument of Surrender was signed on May 7, 1945, Allies' journalists were banned from reporting it until Soviet Union hosted the repeat signing on May 8. Edward Kennedy from AP violated the ban, was subsequently ostracized, fired, and apologized to 60 years later. theguardian.com/media/201…
The longest single "conflict" was the Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years War, allegedly between the Netherlands and the Isle of Scilly, extended by a lack of a peace treaty for 335 years, without a shot ever being fired. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thr…
On July 11, 1804, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr met at a remote spot in Weehawken, New Jersey to duel. Hamilton, whose son was killed in a duel in 1801, deliberately fired into the air, but Burr fired with intent to kill. Hamilton, fatally wounded, died in New York City the next day. history.com/this-day-in-h…
Early in his naval career, Horatio Nelson nearly died while fighting a polar bear. Wanting the bear’s pelt as a gift for his father, Nelson’s gun misfired and he attacked the bear with the butt of his rifle. He was only saved when his ship fired a cannon that scared the bear and it ran off. youtube.com/watch?v=utQjI…
Today I learned of Gavel, a K-9 Cadet who was fired from the Police Academy for being too friendly after months of training; he then got a new job as Vice-Regal Dog for the Office of the Governor in Queensland where he greets visitors, attends official functions, sits in on Governor's briefings telegraph.co.uk/pets/news…
Today I Learned that in Star Wars: A New Hope (1977), pilot Wedge Anles was played by three people. The first actor (Colin Higgins) was fired after one day on set, and the second actor (Denis Lawson) had a bad accent so a third actor (David Ankrum) dubbed all of Wedge's lines. nerdist.com/article/star-…
During the battle of Hampton Roads, the USS Monitor's spinning turret became difficult to stop. The crew allowed the turret to spin around in circles and fired the turret on the fly, similar to a "360 no scope" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
Ryan Gosling gained 60 pounds for a role in Peter Jackson's "The Lovely Bones" by drinking melted Haagen Dazs ice cream when he was thirsty. He was fired days before production began and replaced with Mark Wahlberg. hollywoodreporter.com/new…
During a nationwide student protest, National Guard troops fired upon and killed several students at Kent State. Republican Governer, Jim Rhodes had called the protesters "the worst type of people" and "we're going touse every part of the law enforcement agency ... to eradicate the problem" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken…
1980s Indy Car driver took stock options out of spite after being fired, with a 14000% profit currently. indystar.com/story/sports…
In US family sitcom Good Times Jimmie Walker as son JJ was the breakout star and his catchphrase "dyn-o-mite!" repeated each episode. Those playing the parents disliked the focus shift to JJ's antics: John Amos was fired and his character killed off, Esther Rolle left the series for one season en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goo…
Teen Bill Hader got fired from his job at a cinema for spoiling the ending of "Titanic" to a group of rude sorority girls. huffpost.com/entry/bill-h…
In 1974 the Soviet Union launched Salyut 3, a crewed military satellite armed with a 30mm 'self defence' cannon. It was fired several times and even used to destroy a test satellite in orbit. It remains the only armed, crewed spacecraft ever flown. wikipedia.org/wiki/Salyut…
Tom Attridge, the pilot of the first jet aircraft to shoot itself down. He fired two bursts midway through a shallow dive. As the trajectory of the cannon rounds decayed, they ultimately crossed paths with the jet as it continued its descent. Though it was a crash-landing, he survived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gru…
In 1926, a young Italian anarchist named Anteo Zamboni was brutally lynched by fascist mobs after he fired two shots that narrowly missed Benito Mussolini. He was only 15. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ass…
A U.S. Army veteran used his military sharp-shooting skills to rescue a bald eagle which had been hanging upside down in a tree for days with its leg tangled in a rope, 70 ft from the ground; Jason Galvin fired 150 shots from a .22 rifle with scope at the rope until it released the eagle. abcnews.go.com/US/sharp-s…
In 1898, during the Spanish American war, when the USS Charleston fired upon the island of Guam, the Spanish, unaware that a war was going on, rowed out to the ship and asked for gunpowder in order to return the American β€œsalute” guampedia.com/spanish-ame…
Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore renounced his knighthood in 1919 (awarded in 1915), after the British empire fired on a gathering of unarmed men, women and children in Amritsar, India (Jallianwala Bagh massacre) which resulted in the death of over a 1000 civilians. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jal…
"Laid Off" means the company has removed the position and thus the individual, while "Let Go" or "Fired" means the company has removed the individual from the position. thebalancecareers.com/dif…
During the cold war, the Soviets fired a machine gun in space. It was a defensive weapon on a secret space-spy-lab and was fired remotely after all personnel departed. The results have not been released. popularmechanics.com/mili…
In 1929, W. Forssmann performed the first human heart cath on himself. He tricked the OR nurse, put himself under local anesthesia, inserted a catheter into his arm, then walked to the X-ray room to see if it reached his heart. He was fired from the hospital, but awarded the Nobel Prize in 1956. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Andy Kaufman demanded that his alter ego, Tony Clifton, a drunken, cigarette smoking lounge singer/insult comic, have guest appearances on Taxi with his own separate contract. After showing up to set with 2 prostitutes, Clifton was fired. A week later, Andy showed up as if nothing had happened. prowrestlingstories.com/p…
Manhattan Project nuclear physicist Alvin Weinberg was fired from his job for continually advocating for a safer and less weaponizable nuclear reactor using Thorium, one that has no chance of a meltdown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alv…
Only one shot was fired in the β€œKettle War” of 1784, between the Netherlands and the Holy Roman Empire. It hit a kettle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ket…
American forces at Fort Mackinac did not find out about the start of the war of 1812 until the British had fired a cannon at them, news of the war was delivered via regular mail which did not reach the Fort in time en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sie…
In 2017 a Canadian Joint Task Force 2 sniper breaks longest confirmed kill record with 3450 metre shot. The bullet was fired from a McMillan TAC-50 rifle set on a high-rise tower and took 10 seconds to travel towards the fighter. kurdistan24.net/en/news/a…
The red ovenbird, the national bird of Argentina and Uruguay, collects mud and piles it on top of a tree branch while letting it slowly dry, like adobe construction.When completed, its characteristic dome-shaped nest bears a resemblance to an old-fashioned wood-fired oven, hence the bird's name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruf…
Today I learned about USS William D Porter, the unluckiest Ship, accidentally fired a live torpedo towards a ship carrying FDR. warhistoryonline.com/inst…
The Gyrojet was a family of firearms that fired tiny rockets called Microjets. In theory the rockets accelerate over a distance making them non-fatal at close range and fatal at greater distances. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyr…
Today I learned about the heroism of Teddy Sheean, of the Australian navy. During WW2, his ship was torpedoed, and Japanese planes shot at survivors in the sea. Sheean strapped himself to an antiaircraft gun on the sinking ship and fired at the planes, downing at least one. He was still firing as he drowned. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted…
Wyatt Earp was embarrassed in 1876 when, while sitting with friends in a saloon, his revolver fell out of its holster and fired when it hit the floor. Forty years later, he asked the author of his upcoming biography to leave out "the little affray with the chair". tactical-life.com/firearm…
When 13-year-old Ryan White got AIDS from a blood donor in 1984, he was banned from returning to school by a petition signed by 117 parents. An auction was held to keep him out, a newspaper supporting him got death threats, and his family left town when a gun was fired through their window. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rya…
Hunter S. Thompson killed himself while being on the phone with his wife. She mistook the cocking of the gun for the sound of his typewriter keys and hung up as he fired. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hun…
On the day Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, his bodyguard, John Parker, was off getting drunk in a bar nearby. After being tried for neglect of duty, he was cleared and returned to guard duty in the White House, and was fired three years later for sleeping while on duty. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Today I learned of Joe Ekins, a Sherman Firefly gunner, who had never fired his gun in combat before, destroyed 3 Tiger tanks in 12 minutes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe…
Doctor Min Chiu Li was fired from the NIH in the 1950s because he gave chemotherapy to patients even after their tumors appeared to be gone. After firing him, the NIH discovered the long-term survival rates for his patients were far superior to conventional treatments. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Min…
In 1959, the US Navy fired a missile that contained about 3,000 pieces of mail toward Naval Station Mayport in Florida as an attempt to find a way to deliver mail faster. This is the only time they ever attempted this. warhistoryonline.com/inst…
, Debi Sue Voorhees who played Tina in β€˜Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning’ (1985) became a teacher after her acting career and was fired from two separate high schools after students got ahold of stills from the sex scene she performed in the film. fridaythe13thfranchise.co…
A Wisconsin jury awarded $26M to an executive who was fired for discussing the Seinfeld episode featuring "Delores" with a female colleague. It was the largest award in Wisconsin history. corporate.findlaw.com/hum…
Actor David Herman (Michael Bolton from the movie "Office Space") got himself fired from MADtv by screaming all his lines during read-through. Apparently, he wanted to leave the show to do other projects, but Fox would not let him out of his contract. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Today I learned about the notorious stagecoach robber Black Bart, who never cursed, never fired his weapon, didn't ride a horse, and left poems after his crimes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Today I learned of Jack Tueller, a WWII soldier who was also a trumpet player and carried his instrument everywhere with him. He believes it saved his life from a German sniper in France. Figuring his enemy was just a scared kid like him, Jack played a love song before he set out. The sniper never fired. gerrysmusicshop.com/the-p…
In the Vietnam War, the US sabotaged enemy ammo and ordinance. Ordinary looking bullets were packed with enough explosives to destroy any weapon that fired it while also maiming the unlucky shooter. Charges hidden within spiked mortar shells were powerful enough to wipe out an entire gun crew. militaryhistorynow.com/20…
In 1975, the Soviets fired the first and only "space cannon" from the Salyut-3 space station as a part of a project to test space defence against potential attacks. The gun is a modified version of the R-23 23-millimeter aircraft cannon that was designed for the TU-22 supersonic bomber. popularmechanics.com/mili…
The HMS Terror which appears in the novel and TV series "The Terror" fired some of the "the bombs bursting in air" of the "The Star-Spangled Banner." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
After the British crushed the Sepoy Rebellion, the British had the rebels "blown from cannon", in which sentenced rebels were tied over the mouths of cannons and blown to pieces when the cannons were fired. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…
John Wilkes Booth timed the deadly shot he fired at Abraham Lincoln with the funniest line from β€œMy American Cousin,” knowing the laughter would drown out the gunshot. That line was β€œYou sockdologizing old man-trap.” waywordradio.org/sockdolo…
There is a credible theory about JFK's assassination - believed by Bill James and Malcolm Gladwell, among others - that a Secret Service agent accidentally fired the third bullet (which killed JFK) after panicking while hearing Oswald's first two shots. grantland.com/features/gl…
The person played Tinky Winky in Teletubbies burst into tears after being fired because his "interpretation of the role was not acceptable". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
During the Battle of Verdun, the French and German armies each fired more than 100,000 shells a day for more than 300 days over an area of 10 km2 (6 times smaller than Manhattan). In total, about 50 million shells were fired during this battle alone lesfrancaisaverdun-1916.f…
Guns can be fired in space. Gunpowder contains its own oxidizer, which allows guns to work even in the vacuum of space. gizmodo.com/can-you-shoot…
Famed sci-fi author Harlan Ellison once worked for Disney for a total of one day. He was fired after Roy O. Disney overheard him in the studio commissary joking about making a pornographic animated film featuring Disney characters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Today I learned of the confederate naval raider CSS Shenendoah who not only fired the last shot of the war but also sank close to 40 US ships (mostly whalers) worth more than 20 million in 2018 dollars - AFTER Lee had surrendered to Grant effectively ending the Civil War liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/m…
Ireland has 3 Peat fired power plants. Using peat taken from Irish bogs, its more polluting than Coal and is so inefficient it is subsided by the state. dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/energy…
Johann Sebastian Bach walked 400 km (250 miles) on foot in the autumn of 1705 from Arnstadt to LΓΌbeck to meet and learn from his musical idol Dietrich Buxtehude. He forgot to return to his post at the church so they fired him. bachtrack.com/feature-at-…
Today I learned of Boy, a dog supposedly endowed with magic powers that fought alongside his master in the English Civil War and was rumoured to be invulnerable to attack and able to catch bullets fired at his master in his mouth en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boy…
The original director of The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996) was fired and was snuck back on set in heavy costume to act as an extra in the same film he was originally hired to direct en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Playboy severed its ties with Playmate Stacy Arthur after she appeared on TV to say she had sex at the Playboy mansion by two security guards and a butler. The employees claimed the sex was consensual but were fired because they violated company policy by having sex during working hours en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
45+ years ago a boy designed a helmet, that when connected to a welder, simultaneously fired 9 shotgun shells into his head. bizarrepedia.com/the-suic…
Mindscape, The Game Dev company that developed Lego Island, fired their Dev team the day before release, so that they wouldn't have to pay them bonuses. le717.github.io/LEGO-Isla…
In 1981, Ronald Reagan fired 11,345 air traffic controllers after they refused to end their strike and subsequently banned them from federal service for life en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Unita Zelma Blackwell was born with the name β€œU.Z.” given by her uncle, and made up her own name. She later became involved in Civil Rights, and her and her husband were fired from work after trying to register to vote. She later became the first African American female mayor in Mississippi. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Mexican President Álvaro ObregΓ³n had his right arm blown off. The blast nearly killed him, and he attempted to put himself out of his misery and fired his pistol. ObregΓ³n always wore clothing tailored to show that he had lost his arm in battle, a visible sign of his sacrifice to Mexico en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3…
Earthenware, stoneware, and porcelain are terms for different types of ceramic pottery. The difference is due to the different temperature the clay is fired at. nomliving.com/blogs/thing…
Liam Neeson was once a school teacher, but got fired because a student pulled a knife on him, and Neeson punched him uproxx.com/tv/about-the-t…
A "Hot Shot" was originally a cannon ball that was heated in a furnace and then fired at wooden ships for the purpose of setting fire to them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…
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…
Chinese American Tyrus Wong was the lead artist for Disney's Bambi. His background paintings for Bambi were inspired by Song dynasty classical Chinese paintings. He was fired from Disney studio due to a strike and his full contribution to the film was largely unknown for several decades en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyr…
After Hunter S. Thompson, the author best known for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, died, he was cremated and his ashes were fired out of a cannon. The cannon was placed on top of a 153-foot statue of a fist holding a peyote button, paid for by Johnny Depp. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hun…
Boeing in the 1970s fired 60,000 employees following the failure of their Concorde knock-off and a downturn in general aviation. So many people left the city there was a billboard that read "Will the last person leaving Seattle turn out the lights" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boe…
A professional big game hunter died during a hunt when a member of his group fired at a storming elephant cow and the animal fell on him. news24.com/SouthAfrica/Ne…
1.5 yrs after Norm Macdonald was fired from Saturday Night Live, he was asked back to host. In his opening monologue he asked "How did I go from not being funny enough, to being so funny I'm hosting the damn show? Then it occured to me. I haven't gotten funnier - the show has gotten really bad." youtube.com/watch?v=ofXxi…
In 2005 the President of Georgia, Mikhail Saakashvili, fired all of the traffic police in his country, cutting 30,000 police from the payroll, in order to fight corruption. npr.org/templates/story/s…
Jack Benny was fined 10,000$ for buying smuggled jewelry from Albert Chaperau. Chaperau claimed to be a Nicaraguan diplomat but was actually a fraudster pretending to be a diplomat for smuggling. The investigation began from a tip off by a fired Nazi maid of Supreme Court Justice Edgar Lauer. latimesblogs.latimes.com/…
WKRP's famous Turkeys Away episode was based on a true story from a Texas radio station, where the general manager was fired for pulling a similar stunt. youtu.be/6MqjtrwD96Y
Today I learned of professional "fired men" that were used as department store scapegoats who were fired several times a day to please costumers who were disgruntled about some error slate.com/blogs/browbeat/…
In the Vietnam War, the Americans fired 50,000 bullets for each enemy killed academic.oup.com/milmed/a…

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