In the 1970s, American Kitchen Foods released 'I hate peas!', which were just peas disguised in a fry-shaped format to get more kids to eat peas. The product, along with the rest of the 'I hate' line, was not well-received by kids. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Today I learned about LaserDisc, an analog (not digital) disc format for movies from 1978 with higher-quality video and audio than VHS and Betamax but wasn’t as popular due to high costs wikipedia.org/wiki/LaserD…
Merv Griffin's wife, Julann came up with the format for Jeopardy! in response to the U.S. quiz show scandals of a few years earlier in 1963, when she proposed this idea to him: β€œWell, why don’t you give them the answers? And make people come up with the questions?” smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
The QWERTY keyboard format was developed because of typewriter mechanics. Normally you press a key which swings a hammer with an inked letter onto the paper. If you pressed two keys next to each other quickly, their hammers could collide and jam it. Commonly used letters were thus spaced out. youtu.be/ZBPo82lCmOc
At the height of Ally McBeal's popularity, a short-lived half-hour version entitled Ally began airing. The series was designed in a sitcom format and intended to develop the story in a sitcom style. And it focused only on Ally's personal life, with scenes in the courtroom removed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All…
America's Funniest Home Videos, still on the air as of this posting, came from a segment from Kato-chan Ken-chan Gokigen TV in Japan; despite the fact the latter show left the air in 1992, ABC, half-owners of the AFHV format, pays a royalty fee to the Tokyo Broadcasting System for the use of it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kat…
Philips developed a double-sided video cassette and player to rival the VHS and Betamax formats called β€˜Video 2000’. Similar in nature to an audio tape it was capable of 8 hours of recording (4 hours per side). Ultimately the product remained unpopular and lost out in the β€˜videotape format war’. wikipedia.org/wiki/Video_…
The first album released in CD format was Billy Joel’s β€œ52nd Street”, in October 1982 historyofinformation.com/…
Today I learned about the Tri-Corner Baseball game in 1944. A World War II fundraiser, was played with a round-robin format in which each team batted and fielded during 6 innings and rested for the other 3. Final score was Dodgers 6, Yankees 1, Giants 0. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
"Tom's Diner" was the first song ever to be converted to MP3 format en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
Today I learned about Highway Hi-Fi, a special format of 16 2/3 RPM vinyl records designed to play exclusively in Chrysler automobiles. It came out in 1956, and only one label, Columbia, made records for it. The format proved unpopular with car buyers and was discontinued in 1959. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hig…
There is an international standard for writing the date called ISO 8601, that uses the format YYYY-MM-DD. Although it has been around since 1988, very few countries actually use it. brilliantmaps.com/how-to-…
RCA developed a video format called the CED, or the Capacitance Electronic Disc. It started development in 1964, but wouldn't release until 1981, 6 years after VHS. youtube.com/watch?v=PnpX8…
Today I learned that the "ISO 8601" date format YYYY-MM-DD (2020-09-11) has been officially adopted by many countries. wikipedia.org/wiki/Date_f…
The Mongolian script is the only writing system currently used in the world that is exclusively written in a top-to-bottom format instead of the left-to-right or right-to-left writing format. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
In 1990 a radio station from Florida started broadcasting an all-Led Zeppelin format, beginning by playing "Stairway to Heaven" for 24 hours straight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Cassette tapes as a format has been kept alive by a unique demographic, US prison inmates chartattack.com/are-priso…
David Attenborough is the only person to have received BAFTAs for programs in five different video formats: black and white, colour, HD, 3D and 4K. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
The Los Angeles Times criticized Disney for contracting their interactive storybooks to independent studios, deeming their series "a mere imitation" of Broderbund's Living Books format. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liv…
Today I learned of a 1970's gameshow called Bowling for Dollars, which actually was a franchise of locally produced shows all across the nation. The use of each cities local celebrities and citizens gave it a homey feel. The show was created by the creator of Romper Room, which had the same franchise format. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bow…
The image format "PNG" is pronounced "ping" officially libpng.org/pub/png/spec/i…
To avoid being targets of violence, reporters notebooks took on a smaller format in the Civil Rights Movement and it stuck clarionledger.com/story/j…
Gilbert Grosvenor boosted the circulation of National Geographic from 1,000 to 2 million in 1899 by discarding the magazine’s format of short, overly technical articles for articles of general interest accompanied by photographs history.com/this-day-in-h…
Hyborian War a play-by-mail game. The game has been continuously available for worldwide play since its inception in 1985 and has changed little in its overall format. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyb…
The song Tom's Diner by Suzanne Vega was used as part of the test development for the MP3 compression format, leading Vega to be called the "mother of the MP3" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suz…
The last movie to be produced in VHS format was David Cronenberg's "A History of Violence" in 2006, signaling the death knell of the VHS, ending a ~30-year run. southtree.com/blogs/artif…
Free Slurpee Day in the US occurs on July 11th or 7/11 (using the US-date format), while in Australia it's celebrated on November 7th or 7/11 (using the European date format) uproxx.com/life/how-to-ge…
There is no evidence back the idea of different 'learning styles.' Systematic studies consistently found either no evidence or very weak evidence to suggest matching material in the appropriate format to an individual’s learning style is selectively more effective for educational attainment. theguardian.com/education…
In 1982, 3 men in Allentown, PA sat on a billboard for 261 days to win a house. It was to promote the station, WSAN-AM’s format change from country music to nostalgic hits. Instead of promoting the station, the contest became a story that symbolized the economic struggles of the early 1980s. philly.com/philly/enterta…
In the 1940's, the United States used a format of telephone numbers that included two leading letters of the name of the central office to which each telephone was connected. For example: LA2697 translates to LAkewood 2697. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tel…
The last album released on 8-track format was Fleetwood Mac’s Greatest Hits in 1988 metv.com/lists/8-facts-yo…
The first known meme, using the expectations vs reality format, was published in the Wisconsin Octopus, a Wisconsin University magazine, between 1919 and 1920 . bbc.com/news/blogs-trendi…
Food powder is the most common format of food material in the market. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foo…
Suzanne Vega's original a capella version of Tom's Dinner was used to tune the MP3 audio format. mentalfloss.com/article/1…
The old format of 'Wheel of Fortune' in the 1980s took so long to film that hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White would sneak off and have β€œtwo or three or six” margaritas before returning to the set, where they would β€œhave trouble recognizing the alphabet”. today.com/popculture/pat-…
If a Sony artist wanted to release an album today on minidisc, a format that Sony invented, they need to do so through a third party company because Sony no longer makes the required equipment available. discogs.com/Mark-Ronson-L…
A mook is a publication that is modeled like a magazine but is designed to be long lasting like a book. The format has become particularly popular in Japan, where several fashion designers publish "brand mooks" to promote their products. American examples of mooks include Make and Craft. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moo…
Bill Gates founded a nonprofit ed-tech initiative that created peer-reviewed, openly licensed textbooks, which are available in free digital formats and for a low cost in print. Instructors are free to use, adapt, and remix the content of those textbooks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
The first meme format was established by a pair of comics, about 100 years ago bbc.com/news/blogs-trendi…
Abba's 1981 album The Visitors was one of the first records ever to be recorded and mixed digitally, and was the first in history to be pressed on the new CD format in 1982 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The South Park Motion Picture "Bigger, Longer & Uncut" is not referring to the size, length or format of the movie itself, but rather a clever jab at the MPAA who would not allow the title "All Hell Breaks Loose" due to the use of the word "Hell" which was to vulgar. vice.com/en_us/article/yw…
33 RPM records and 45 RPM singles are the remnants of an old format war youtube.com/watch?v=hbFgV…
Today I learned of the Gish Gallop where a debater overwhelms an opponent with so many specious arguments, that they can't all be refuted within the format of a formal debate en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gis…
The SAT is changing it's format and you will no longer be able to make up facts and examples on the writing portion. insidehighered.com/news/2…
The calendar year did not always start on Jan 1. This leads to the format of dual dating for things like birthdays to remove the ambiguity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old…
You are technically required to pay loyalties when you are using VLC to play certain video formats (e.g. MPEG-4 streams) wiki.videolan.org/Frequen…
Susan Vega(composer of Tom's Diner) is the mother of the MP3. When Karl Heinz Brandenburg was developing the MP3 format he'd use the song as a template since the a cappella vocal track was ideal to improve the MP3 algorithm. If he could compress this song properly he could work with anything. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
During the video cassete format war there was a third competitor in Europe: Video 2000, made by Phillips en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vid…
The singer Suzanne Vega is considered the "Mother of MP3" as her song "Tom's Diner" was used to refine the algorithm in MP3 format. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
In 1999, They Might Be Giants became the first major-label recording artist to release an entire album exclusively in mp3 format en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…

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