FBI director J. Edgar Hoover possessed one of the world's largest collection of pornography, both for blackmail and for personal titillation purposes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._โ€ฆ
J.R.R Tolkien was rejected for a Nobel Prize, in 1961, on the grounds of his poor storytelling. tolkienlibrary.com/press/โ€ฆ
The Office character Dwight Schrute didn't just speak the Dothraki language from Game of Thrones, he improved it: the writers correctly used its grammar and invented a new construction. David J. Peterson, the language's creator, made it canon and named it the Schrutean compound. dothraki.com/2012/10/dothโ€ฆ
The jury selection for the O. J. Simpson trial had very strict rules about exposure to the media. One juror was excluded for watching cartoons with her children, another for waking up to a clock radio. When a book about O. J. and Nicole came out, jurors were warned to keep out of bookstores law2.umkc.edu/faculty/proโ€ฆ
Linguistic philosopher J. L. Austin made the claim that there is no language in which a double positive implies a negative during a lecture. To which someone responded, "Yeah, yeah." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._โ€ฆ
Michael Jackson proposed a Harry Potter musical, but J.K. Rowling turned it down. Michael Jackson dreamed of turning Harry Potter into a musical but his idea was slapped down by JK Rowling because she feared it lacked credibility. mentalfloss.com/article/5โ€ฆ
The parents were conceived as the leads of sitcom Family Ties but positive reaction to Michael J Fox's character saw focus switch to Alex after the fourth episode en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Micโ€ฆ
When Orson Welles got his RKO movie deal, he wanted to adapt Joseph Conrad's novel, Heart of Darkness. It was going good until the budget grew too high. Cancelled, Welles encountered Herman J Mankiewicz's screenplay, American, renamed to Citizen Kane, which became a landmark cinema film. mentalfloss.com/article/7โ€ฆ
J.R.R. Tolkien orginally set out to just create a language. Elfish. He then figured that that language needed a history. That history needed a world etc. Which eventually led to him writing LOTR in said world. mprnews.org/story/2015/03โ€ฆ
In 1984, J.R.R. Tolkien's book "The Hobbit" was adapted as a TV movie in the Soviet Union. It was titled "The Fabulous Journey of Mr. Bilbo Baggins, The Hobbit, Across the Wild Land, Through the Dark Forest, Beyond the Misty Mountains. There and Back Again" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theโ€ฆ
The first dinosaur skeleton discovered in the US was in 1858 in Haddonfield, N.J. After excavations were complete the dig was ignored, became a dump, and was lost until 1984 when a local Boy Scout decided his community project to qualify for Eagle Scout would be rediscovering the original site. levins.com/marking.shtml
Today I learned about R J Ellory - An author caught trashing his colleagues books while calling his own work "Magnificent" on Amazon using Sock Puppet Accounts theguardian.com/books/201โ€ฆ
The J. Dilla produced track "Raise It Up" sampled the song "Extra Dry" by Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk without permission. Instead of demanding payment for the sample, Daft Punk asked the group to remix one of their own tracks instead, resulting in Slum Village's remix of Aerodynamic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fanโ€ฆ
Oil magnate J. Paul Getty, one of the richest humans in history, was so miserly that he laundered his own shirts by hand, reused envelopes and paper, made all the phones in his home coin-operated, and stood in line for hours for show tickets to save 50 cents en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._โ€ฆ
A producer on Family Ties felt Michael J. Fox was too short for the role and tried to have him replaced saying โ€œthis isnโ€™t the face you'll see on a lunch-box." Fox later gave him a custom-made lunch-box with the inscription "this is for you to put your crow in. Love and Kisses, Michael J. Fox.โ€ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Micโ€ฆ
In 1953, J Edgar Hoover published a FBI report warning โ€œthe nation can expect an appalling increase in the number of crimes that will be committed by teenagers in the years ahead." Leading President Eisenhower to ask for legislation to โ€œassist the states in dealing with this nationwide problem." saturdayeveningpost.com/2โ€ฆ
J.K. Rowling wrote a real person into The Goblet of Fire. The girl was named Natalie McDonald, a Harry Potter fan who was dying of leukaemia while Rowling was still writing the book. You see her character as a first-year who dons the sorting hat and is sorted into Gryffindor. mentalfloss.com/article/6โ€ฆ
J, not Z was the last letter added to the alphabet rd.com/article/last-letteโ€ฆ
J. P. Morgan, the financier, and Alexander Hamilton, the first US Secretary of the Treasury, share a descendant: Alexander Morgan Hamilton, a civil servant and philanthropist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleโ€ฆ
, in 1990 Australian radio station Triple J, played N.W.A's 'Express Yourself' 82 times in a row in protest over its acting news editor Nick Franklin, getting suspended for playing N.W.A's 'Fuck The Police' on air. The protest was a success and Franklin had his suspension revoked. smh.com.au/entertainment/โ€ฆ
: photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt (famous for his iconic V-J Day in Times Square - photograph, sailor kissing a nurse in a dancelike dip) was threatened by an enraged Ernest Hemingway, who tore his own shirt to shreds, to be thrown overboard for trying to create a relaxed setting for his shot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfโ€ฆ
Today I learned of I-mutation; the raising of back vowels (a, o ,u) when they are followed by a syllable containing /i/, /ฤซ/ or /j/ (in English the โŸจyโŸฉ as in "yes"); and the reason behind the etymologies of certain English plurals such as: manโ†’men, footโ†’feet, gooseโ†’geese, toothโ†’teeth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerโ€ฆ
The inventor of the guillotine wasn't actually killed by his own invention - that was another doctor named J.M.V. Guillotin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josโ€ฆ
Sacha Baron Cohen trained with an FBI interrogator before his conversation with O.J. Simpson for "Who Is America?" in the hope that he could trick OJ into confessing huffpost.com/entry/sacha-โ€ฆ
J. Waties Waring, a SC judge, and son of a Confederate veteran, was influential in guiding civil rights legislation in the early 1950โ€™s. His dissent in the school segregation case of Briggs v Elliott (1951) led directly to Brown v Board. npr.org/sections/codeswitโ€ฆ
Thomas Midgley Jr. the inventor of leaded gasoline (Tetraethyllead) and chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), better known as Freon. โ€œTime" ranked both in "Top 50 worst inventions". Environment historian J R McNeill " he had more impact on the atmosphere than any other single organism in Earth's historyโ€. wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomasโ€ฆ
The reason why fake tv/movie phone numbers start with 555 is because phone companies never used that prefix. No major place names in the United States began with a combination of the letters J, K, and L (the letters assigned to the 5 key on a phone) mentalfloss.com/article/2โ€ฆ
Today I learned of the "May Incident" during WW2 Congressman Andrew J. May revealed highly confidential information that US submarines were surviving Japanese depth charges because they were exploding at a too shallow depth. This leak later led to the deaths of 800 crewmen and 10 submarines en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andโ€ฆ
Chase Bank and J.P. Morgan & Co helped Germany in WWII by allowing Nazi sympathizers to purchase Marks (known as Rรผckwanderer) with dollars to fund the war effort. The banks also turned over their client lists to the Nazis who in turn used it to recruit spies in the US. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaโ€ฆ
The rapper in the bridge of Michael Jackson's "Black or White" is producer Bill Bottrell, who is credited only as "L.T.B." for "Leave it to Beaver." Bottrell wanted to get LL Cool J or Heavy D, who were featured on other tracks for the album, but Jackson insisted on using his performance. vice.com/en/article/9bg57โ€ฆ
Leo Tolstoy, Jules Verne, and J.R.R. Tolkien all spoke Esperanto, a 'universal' language created in the late 19th century. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisโ€ฆ
Mark Hoppus came up with the opening riff to 'What's My Age Again?' by messing up the intro to Green Day's 'J.A.R.' kroq.radio.com/articles/rโ€ฆ
The letter J is the only letter not on the periodic table of elements. The reasoning behind this is most likely due to the letter J being the 4th least frequently used word in English, as well as not being used at all in the Latin language. generalknowledgefacts.comโ€ฆ
J.R.R. Tolkien sold the film rights to Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit in 1969 for ยฃ100000 and 7.5% of the gross revenue. His estate ended up suing New Line Cinema for ยฃ75 million in 2008 telegraph.co.uk/news/worlโ€ฆ
Idaho does not have a governor's mansion. The business tycoon J.R. Simplot donated his mansion to the state, but the cost of lawn maintenance depleted state funds and the state eventually gave it back to the Simplot Family. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Staโ€ฆ
During the transition from The Soviet Union to Russia, the CSKA, (The Central Red Army Hockey Club) were financially broke. They were saved from bankruptcy by a joint venture between the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Red-Army, Mario Lemieux and actor Michael J. Fox. si.com/hockey/all-access/โ€ฆ
A Wendy House is named after the young protagonist Wendy featured in the tales of Peter Pan and first seen in J M. Barrie's play Peter Pan, or the boy who wouldn't grow up en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wenโ€ฆ
"zombies" first appeared on movie screens in a 1919 French film called Jโ€™accuse. Director Abel Gance used soldiers on leave from fighting in Verdun to portray โ€œan army of the dead.โ€ militaryhistorynow.com/20โ€ฆ
The Palmolive brand name comes from the B.J. Johnson Soap Company Palmolive soap that was made with palm and olive oils. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palโ€ฆ
Sir Christopher Lee(who played Saruman in "The Lord of the Rings") read the trilogy every year from the year it was published to his death in 2015. He was also the only member of the cast and crew ever to have met J.R.R Tolkien himself. tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Cโ€ฆ
J.J. Thomson won the Nobel in Physics in 1906 when he showed electrons were particles. His son G. P. Thomson won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1937 for showing that electrons are waves. chemistryworld.com/culturโ€ฆ
Petermans in Seinfeld was based off J. Peterman Outfitters. The show lawyers approached the real John Peterman after the first episode and allowed him to review each script before it aired. That same year, the J. Peterman Company posted a $400,000 loss. insidehook.com/article/meโ€ฆ
The BMT in Subway's Italian BMT stands for 'Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit' which ran trains like the 7, J, K, L, M, Q and others. They began using the letters for the sub in 1975 despite only having stores in Connecticut and Massachusetts, but none in New York. untappedcities.com/2013/1โ€ฆ
Lord of the Rings author J. R. R. Tolkien formed a secret society with his friends that idolized tea-drinking en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._โ€ฆ
C.S. Lewis nominated J.R.R. Tolkien for the 1961 Nobel Prize for Literature. He was rejected on the grounds that his writing "has not in any way measured up to storytelling of the highest quality." bbc.co.uk/news/entertainmโ€ฆ
Battlefield Earth, a 1982 science fiction novel written by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, has been praised by numerous fantasy and science fiction authors, among them Neil Gaiman, Frederik Pohl, and Kevin J. Anderson en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batโ€ฆ
Today I learned of John Mauchly. Physicist who, along with J. Presper Eckert, designed ENIAC, the first general purpose electronic digital computer. He invented the subroutine (a sequence of computer instructions which can be used repeatedly). Today, the subroutine is essential programming for all. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subโ€ฆ
Back to the Future co-writer Bob Gale was reluctant to include original footage of Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly for the Blu-Ray set because "We didn't want to make Eric feel bad". Stoltz shot for five weeks in the lead role before Michael J. Fox was picked instead cinemablend.com/dvdnews/Bโ€ฆ
J.K. Rowling originally wanted Monty Python member Terry Gilliam to direct the Harry Potter films. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._โ€ฆ
The first attempt to make an anti-Nazi film in America was Herman J Mankiewicz's "The Mad Dog of Europe" in 1933. The film floundered in early production and was ultimately never produced because no studio would risk being banned in Germany. telegraph.co.uk/history/wโ€ฆ

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