Screenwriter Carl Foreman (High Noon) was blacklisted for communist activity. In the face of intense industry all Foreman's colleagues abandoned him expect for Gary Cooper. In gratitude, Foreman gave Cooper first refusal on his future scripts including, The Bridge on the River Kwai. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gar…
In the US 49% of corporate industry leaders and 50% of government leaders come from just 12 universities jkcf.org/research/true-me…
Since the late 1980s, the music industry is making their songs louder than average thanks to a trick called "dynamic range compression". bbc.com/news/entertainmen…
Modern Hollywood was started by a group of independent filmmakers who moved to California in the 1910s to get away from Thomas Edison’s total monopoly on all aspects (scripts, cameras, theaters, actors) of the early, east coast film industry. history.com/news/the-rene…
Due to US prison regulations, there is a whole manufacturing industry dedicated to clear plastic TVs, radios and CD players without speakers (headset only) and even snacks (The Whole Shabang ) nbcnews.com/business/busi…
Urine was so important to the textile industry of 16th century England that casks of it–an estimated amount equivalent to the urine stream of 1000 people for an entire year–were shipped from across the country to Yorkshire smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Britain's nuclear industry was involved in a top secret international operation to steal dead babies for up to three decades theguardian.com/uk/2001/j…
Occupations in the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting industry have the highest fatality rate, at 23.1 per 100,000 workers. 2nd is mining, quarrying, natural gas extraction at 14.6. 3rd is transportation and warehousing at 13.9. The safest is educational and health services at only 0.8. bls.gov/charts/census-of-…
Almost 1 of every 4 beds sold in the late Eighties was a Waterbed. Then the industry dried up in the Nineties. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
The Parental Advisory label was created in part because a mom caught her 11 year old daughter singing the sexually explicit lyrics to β€œDarling Nikki" by Prince. The Recording Industry Association of America responded by introducing a content warning label. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
Johnny Appleseed actually planted apples to be used for booze. Apparently in the early 1900's apples were rebranded by the apple industry to be seen as nutritious rather than precursors to booze. indystar.com/story/news/h…
There are close to 15,000 farms growing Christmas Trees in the U.S., and over 100,000 people are employed full or part-time in the industry. realchristmastrees.org/ed…
Today I learned about the dangerous exploitative industry of Cobalt mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa. Most of the labor is done by children for very little pay. The demand ever increasing , this mineral fuels the tech industry, cobalt is used for batteries for phones, gadgets and e cars. equaltimes.org/as-increme…
Today I learned about the "Jumpstart Our Businesses" Act of 2012, which created the Industry of "Equity Crowdfunding", ultimately breaking down traditional barriers to investing in Startups, and allowing anyone, including retail investors, to buy stock in Startups easily and efficiently investopedia.com/terms/j/…
The inventor of Velcro took 20 years to take his idea from concept to production and even then the apparel industry wasn't sold on it. It wasn't until NASA came along asking about it for use in space that the fashion industry then went wild due to it now being space aged. velcro.com/blog/2016/11/a…
Salmon sushi is not a Japanese dish. It was created by the Norwegian salmon industry in the early nineties to sell Atlantic salmon to Japan. Because Pacific salmon is known to carry parasites, it took a decade for Japanese people to trust the dish. diggitmagazine.com/articl…
The Railroad Commission of Texas despite its name regulates the oil and gas industry in Texas. It stopped regulating the railroads in 2005. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai…
While recording their Discovery Album, band Daft Punk had an idea for a movie involving "the merging of science fiction with entertainment industry culture". This was pitched to anime creator Leiji Matsumoto, and they turned it into the movie Interstella 5555. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
The video game market accounts for more than half of UK's entertainment sector and is worth more than the music and movie industry combined, according to new report. bbc.com/news/technology-4…
Mia Khalifa only worked in the adult film industry for three months in late 2014 yet remains one of the most searched for actresses on adult sites vice.com/en_us/article/9k…
The Panama Disease (TR4), described as β€œone of the worst botanical epidemics in history”, has affected the banana industry since the 1950’s due to β€œlimited genetic diversity” leading to a possible global shortage in 2021 bbc.com/future/bespoke/fo…
Static electricity (ESD) costs the electronics industry $5 billion dollars in damages annually. uic.com/challenges-of-ele…
Over 4 years, the public have been submitting photographs and pattern counts of sunflowers to the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, U.K. Royal Society Open Science reports that nearly one in five of the flowers had either non-Fibonacci spiraling patterns or were more complicated. sciencemag.org/news/2016/…
Fran Drescher’s stalker changed how sitcoms were made. To stop him from sneaking into the studio audience of The Nanny, they began to cast the audience from extras. Good/loud laughers were picked in casting, making the show feel funnier to home audiences. This became an industry standard. news.com.au/entertainment…
Fidel Castro was obsessed with ice cream, once consuming 18 scoops in one sitting. His love for ice cream inspired him to implement a fully fledged dairy industry in Cuba and he even opened his own ice cream parlor. vice.com/en_us/article/mb…
The women who work in the garment recycling industry in India have a theory that because of a water shortage in the West, it must be cheaper to buy new clothes than to wash them. This explains why so many clothes are discarded barely worn. (Link fixed) aeon.co/videos/this-is-th…
The UK Government in 2005 temporarily renamed a ministry 'Department of Productivity, ENergy, Industry and Science' AKA The Ministry of PENIS. β€œI informed him (Tony Blair) the old sign had been removed but the new one hadn’t yet been erected,” said Labour MP Alan Johnston in his autobiography. huffingtonpost.co.uk/entr…
The B-side of the cassette release of "In God We Trust, Inc" by Dead Kennedys is left blank. The B-side label states "Home taping is killing record industry profits! We left this side blank so you can help.". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A-s…
The 2010s Bacon Craze Was Started By The Pork Industry deadspin.com/you-like-bac…
Today I learned of Anna Jarvis, founder of Mother's Day in 1908. In 1943, she rescinded her support for the holiday due to increased commercialization. However, she was then placed in a Sanitorium for the rest of her life, where her bills were paid by people in the Floral and Greeting Card industries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…
Ric O'Barry transitioned from training dolphins for the TV show 'Flipper' to instead advocating against industries that keep dolphins in captivity, after one of the Flipper dolphins died in his arms. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
Today I learned about Jewel Bearings, they originally used diamond, sapphire, ruby and garnet. Made specifically to last a very long time. Eventually replaced by synthetic jewels in the industry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jew…
Tokutaro Yanagisawa's repair shop founded in 1894 was the first to build woodwind instruments in Japan. After its first saxophone was built in 1951, the Yanagisawa soprano saxophone designs became influential throughout rest of the industry, comparable to Selmer (Paris) and Yamaha en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yan…
In the US, kitty litter is a $2 billion industry. Consuming five billion pounds (2.3 Mt) of mined clay annually. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lit…
The drummer for R.E.M., Bill Berry, suffered an aneurysm on stage in 1995, then decided to quit the band along with the whole music industry and took up farming en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
McDonald's buys a lot of apples. As of 2016, McDonald's sold more than 10% of all sliced apples in the US. At its core, the apple industry resurgence over the last decade can be traced, at least in part, to McDonald's. businessinsider.com/the-i…
The "Ghibli" from Studio Ghibli is a double loanword from Arabic (qibliyy, a hot desert wind) to Italian (ghibli, pronounced with a hard G, also the source of the English spelling) to Japanese (Jiburi with an English J) β€” Studio Ghibli was a "new wind through the anime industry" tokyotreat.com/news/histo…
The broadcasting network UPN was started in 1995 by boat company, Chris-craft industries, who were most famous for mahogany-hulled powerboats in the 1920s through the 1950s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Theodore Roosevelt was a major force in labor rights, implementing eight hour workdays and industry safety regulations, abolishing slavery in the Philippines and peonage more generally, investigating child labor claims, and establishing the forerunner to the USES, among many other things. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squ…
:King Gillette (who invented Safety Razors) published a book in 1894 which advocated that all industry should be taken over by a single corporation owned by the public, and that everyone in the US should live in a giant city called Metropolis powered by Niagara Falls - to cure all social ills en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Dr Frederic Wertham said in his book "Seduction of the Innocent" and the Senate hearing in 1954 that the comic book industry was worse to kids than Hitler, Batman & Robin were homosexuals and Wonder Woman was a lesbian. This caused an outcry that led to the creation of the Comics Code Authority. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
The lottery is against the law in Nevada because the gaming industry in the state does not want the competition. reviewjournal.com/busines…
While the blueprints to the Saturn V rockets still exist, the manufacturing industries that built them do not, making building new ones prohibitively expensive. moonhoaxdebunked.com/2017…
The majority of the alcohol industry's sales come from so-called problem drinkersβ€”people whose drinking is destroying or risking their health. theguardian.com/society/2…
Some Californian red and white wines went up against French wines in a 1976 blind competition judged by the top wine experts in the world. It was considered a non-event... until the American wines won. And it changed the wine industry forever. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
Henry Ford created a car created with bioplastics to unite fruits of agriculture with industry. He called it "the Soybean Car" thehenryford.org/collecti…
Dan Ackroyd sang in the 1985 charity single 'We Are the World' song alongside giants of the 1980s US music industry and ended up there, in his own words: β€œTotally by accident” rollingstone.com/music/mu…
"Dead Cat Space" is an Auto Industry standard term for what engineers and designers call the area above the tire and below the fender. It got its name because the top of a car’s tire is often a warm place where cats seek to nap. detroitnews.com/story/bus…
The phrase "the customer is always right" was coined by indigent Prussian migrant who worked in the hotel industry, invented room service, became a multi-millionaire, bought an island and built a castle for his beloved wife. Wife died before completion, and he never set foot on the island again pressconnects.com/story/l…
That, in 2019, the music industry had its most lucrative year since 2002, with streaming taking more than 50% of all revenue for the first time ever. toptal.com/finance/market…

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