While filming 'Batman Begins' a drunk driver crashed into the Batmobile because he thought it was an alien spacecraft. "This poor drunken guy who didn’t have a license. [He] said he got so panicked when he saw the car that he thought aliens were landing," explained Christian Bale. yahoo.com/entertainment/b…
Dr. Phil lost his license to practise psychology in 2006. Therefore, all guests on his TV show must sign a contract stating they are only there to receive "advice" from an individual, not a psychologist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
A California man got 'NULL' as a personalized license plate hoping that 'NULL' would confuse the computer system. Instead, when cops left the plate number info empty on a ticket or citation, the fine went to him. He got over $12k fines sent to him his first year. arstechnica.com/cars/2019…
Led Zeppelin bought their private jet β€œThe Starship” for part of their 1973 US tour for $30,000. Drummer John Bonham once flew the band from New York to LA even though he didn’t have a pilot’s license. led-zeppelin.org/the-star…
The Queen is the only person in the U.K. who is allowed to drive without a license foxnews.com/auto/heres-wh…
Bessie Coleman was an American Aviator and the first black woman to earn a pilot's license.Because flying schools in the United States denied her entry,she taught herself French and moved to France,earning her license from France's well-known Caudron Brother's School of Aviation in just 7 months biography.com/explorer/be…
The FBI's $1B facial recognition system couldn't match photos of the Boston marathon bombers to their drivers licenses. The system was only good for matching drivers license and passport photos to other drivers license and passport photos abcnews.go.com/US/boston-…
The Arthur Conan Doyle Estate was extorting $5K license fees to use the characters of Holmes and Watson, despite their origins being public domain. Author and attorney Leslie Klinger sued the Estate and won, with the courts ruling all pre-1923 aspects of Holmes to be public domain and fair use. bbc.com/news/entertainmen…
Today I learned of Joseph Tartaro who applied for a vanity license plate with the California DMV that said "NULL" as a joke. Because of how computers interpret that word it wreaked havoc in the system and he began to receive dozens of citations in bulk from all over the state. theverge.com/tldr/2019/8/…
Queen Elizabeth can legally drive a car without a license. She didn't need to take a driver's test and also doesn't have a number plate on her car. vanityfair.com/style/2019…
The first driving game to license a real car was 280 Zzzap which featured a Datsun 280 Z.. It was released in 1976 in arcade cabinets and the Bally Professional Arcade home console and Datsun subsequently released a Zzzap edition 280z. jalopnik.com/datsun-was-t…
In Firozpur district, Punjab, everyone who applies for a firearm license must plant ten trees and provide photos of them doing so en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun…
A license to sell Star Wars merchandise cost $750,000 dollars. Before the original film had even been released. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/He-…
Michael Crichton, author of Jurassic Park and many more novels, graduated Harvard Medical School with his MD. He never obtained his medical license (after deciding he hated the system and culture), and instead pursued writing. wikipedia.org/wiki/Michae…
Queen Elizabeth II is not required to have a driver's license, yet she frequently drives and has a car collection worth $10 million pounds (about $12M USD) motorbiscuit.com/check-ou…
Lynn Russell, a former CNN anchor, has two black belts, a deputy sheriff’s badge, a real estate license, and her private investigative license. Lynn and her husband, Chuck de Caro survived a shootout at a Motel 6 in 2015. ajc.com/lifestyles/harrow…
Dodos were big, but not the fat birds we picture; the theory is that paintings and illustrations depicting them as such are based on overfed, captive specimens, or simply due to artistic license sciencemag.org/news/2011/…
Because the number 8 is considered very lucky in Chinese culture, a Chinese man spent the equivalent of 1 millions RMB to secure a license plate reading '88888' in the hope of increasing his luck, to get pulled over 8 times by cops who thought the plate was a fake. shanghaiist.com/2016/06/2…
Some Native American tribes issue their own license tags en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veh…
Today I learned of Gary Hall Sr, a former Olympic medalist swimmer who became an opthalmologist. He made so many medical errors and was reprimanded so many times that he was banned from surgeries. His medical license was revoked after it was discovered that he performed a surgery following the ban anyway. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gar…
The Black Death led to sharp decline in available workforce in England and Wales. Vagrancy laws criminalised unemployed people who could work but chose not to. People who were too sick or old to work had to obtain beggar's licenses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vag…
Actor Danny Kaye was also a world-class Chinese cook and had an airline pilot's license. kirkusreviews.com/book-re…
Marthe Richard, a French prostitute, was the 13th woman to hold a piloting license, a spy during WW1 and the legatee of Rockefeller Foundation's financial director. After WW2 she started politics. A law named after her outlawed prostitution in France and 1,400 brothels were closed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
In 2015 the Indiana Supreme Court banned a police officer from having "OINK" on their Fraternal Order of Police license plate. wfyi.org/news/articles/in…
Norway has implemented a digital drivers license in the form of an app, that can be used instead of a physical one for roadside inspections. vegvesen.no/en/driving-li…
Apple doesn't own the iOS name and trademark but licenses it from Cisco Systems appleinsider.com/articles…
Consoles are sold at a loss that they make up for through peripherals and licenses cnet.com/news/playstation…
Santa Claus was issued a pilot’s license from the U.S. government in 1927. They also gave him airway maps and promised to keep the runway lights on. didyouknowstuff.com/santa…
Queen Elizabeth II is immune from prosecution, can drive without a license, and can fire the Prime Minister of Australia or Canada as she pleases businessinsider.com/weird…
Today I learned about the legendary pickpocket Apollo Robbins, who once stripped Jimmy Carter’s Secret Service detail of their watches, badges, keys, and the presidential itinerary. He once stole a man’s driver’s license and made it turn up inside a sealed bag of M&M’s in his wife’s purse. newyorker.com/magazine/20…
In 1927 Santa Clause was officially given a pilots license and airway maps from the Department of Commerce loc.gov/pictures/resource…
The first state-issued license plate in the USA, a Massachusetts plate from 1903, is still being used by a relative of the original licensee. historicvehicle.org/licen…
In the United Kingdom, it is an offense to watch or record TV without a valid license. The TV Licensing authority can prosecute you, and the fine can be as much as Β£1,000. The TV license fee goes towards the services provided by the BBC, including TV, radio and online content. litrg.org.uk/tax-guides/m…
The California DMV only allows the number "69" on your vanity license plate if your car was built in 1969. lamag.com/citythinkblog/r…
A legal loophole in the UK allows alcohol to be sold without a license on a train in motion. An unlicensed distillery exploited this by setting up in a disused railway building, obtaining a steam train, and selling gin to customers while they road it back and forth from the distillery. thedrinksbusiness.com/201…
Japan is giving its elderly population discounts on ramen if they give up their drivers licenses miamiherald.com/news/nati…
Pastafarian Niko Alm won the right to do his driving license photo wearing a pasta strainer on his head, after 3 years pursuing permission. He got the idea after reading that Austrian regulations allow headgear in official photos only when it is worn for religious reasons. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fly…
Stephen King has a system where he will license his short stories to aspiring filmmakers for just $1. This gives the filmmakers affordable source material. These are referred to as "Dollar Babies." wikipedia.org/wiki/Dollar…
"celebrity psychiatrist" Dr. Isaac Herschkopf manipulated a patient into cutting off his family, giving him his home, signing over his bank account, and amending his will to leave everything to the doctor's wife. Yet Dr. Herschkopf still maintains his medical license in New York City today. nypost.com/2019/06/08/how…
The Archbishop of Canterbury has the legal authority to award academic degrees under the Ecclesiastical Licenses Act, 1533. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lam…
Chiropractic was founded by a traveling religious miracle healer who belived that magnets could cure diseases. He was sent to jail in Iowa in 1906 for practicing medicine without a license. The American Medical Association later labelled chiropractors an "unscientific cult." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Steve Jobs was once pulled over for driving over 100 MPH, Jobs impatiently waits for the ticket, even demanding to hurry up. Ticket at last in hand, he drives right up over 100 MPH again, despite a warning that he could lose his license. justatheory.com/2011/11/s…
A couple in Berlin during WWII, who lost a relative in battle, left handwritten anti-Nazi government postcards around the city for more than two years before being caught and later executed. The 2016 film "Alone in Berlin" depicts this story, albeit with artistic license. film.avclub.com/the-only-…
The town of Monowi in Nebraska is the smallest town in the USA with only one resident. Elsie Eiler (84), she is the mayor, clerk, librarian and bar owner. She pays taxes to herself, gives herself her own liquor licenses and votes for herself in municipal elections. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Some countries require its citizens to pay a "TV license" if they intend to watch select television broadcasts. This allows broadcasters to raise fund for their services without having to show advertisements. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tel…
A man with a personalized license plate which read "NO PLATE" received 2500 overdue traffic tickets... because they had all been issued to various cars with no plates, and when a car marked "NO PLATE" appeared in the system, the algorithm automatically redirected those tickets to its owner. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Harvey Ball, the graphic designer who designed the yellow smiley face icon in 1963, was only paid $45 for his work. The Smiley Company, which licenses the image, made $419.9 million in 2017. edition.cnn.com/style/art…
Alexander Shulgin, the man who rediscovered MDMA and "the godfather of psychedelics", had a license from the DEA to produce any schedule 1 substance. He managed to discover over 200 psychoactive compounds before the license was revoked. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
A liquor store in the United Kingdom is called an "Off license" because they are licensed to sell liquor for consumption elsewhere, or "off" the premises. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liq…
Today I learned about Chris Sevier, a Utah County man who sued the county commissioner for refusing to issue a marriage license for Sevier and his computer. heraldextra.com/news/loca…
Adobe holds patents to PDF, but licenses them for royalty-free use in developing software complying with its PDF specification wikipedia.org/wiki/PDF
Robert De Niro prepared for his role in 'Taxi Driver' by obtaining a New York taxi license and spending a month working up to 14 hour shifts picking people up all over New York. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tax…
The reason LEGO can’t sell Star Wars/Marvel/etc minifigures by themselves is because that would be considered an β€œaction figure”, and they don’t own the license for that (they have the license for playsets) lego.com/en-us/service/he…
Santa Claus was issued a pilot’s license from the U.S. government in 1927. They also gave him airway maps and promised to keep the runway lights on. loc.gov/pictures/item/201…
A man whose car bore a license plate reading 'NO PLATE' received notices for thousands of unpaid parking tickets. snopes.com/fact-check/aut…
In 2005, a guy named Doug Heckman read the EULA before he installed some PC software. The agreement included a clause offering 'financial compensation' to licensees who actually read the license agreement. He emailed the company, referred to the clause and the company sent him a check for $1,000 pcmag.com/article2/0,2817…
Morgan Freeman turned down a drama scholarship because he dreamed of being an Air Force fighter pilot. He spent four years as a tracking radar repairman. At age 65, he finally earned his private pilot license. airforce.togetherweserved…
Every California license plate since 1947 has been made in the infamous Folsom State Prison, where inmates produce 45,000-50,000 plates each day kcra.com/amp/article/see-…
In 2012, before the introduction of Uber, a Toronto Taxi license was sold for $360,000. By 2018 they were rumored to be down to $65,000 and likely still dropping. theglobeandmail.com/news/…
Three Stooges creator Ted Healy died in 1937 after a fist fight with Cubby Broccoli. Broccoli would go on to produce all of the James Bond films from Dr No to License to Kill. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
In South Korea, a woman obtained her driver's license on her 960th try. nytimes.com/2010/09/04/wo…
If local laws prevent an author from publishing their work in the public domain, they can still release it to the public for free under a WTFPL. WTFPL stands for "Do what the fuck you want to Public License." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WTF…
In 1903, Massachusetts and Missouri became the first states to require a driver’s license, although it wasn’t necessary to pass a test to obtain one. In 1908 when the Model T debuted, Rhode Island became the first state to require both a license and a driver’s exam history.com/news/when-was…
Austrian Wins Right To Wear Pasta Strainer In Driver’s License spaghettimonster.org/2011…
Owners of high-end exotic sports cars often register their license plates in Montana to avoid taxes. autotrader.com/car-news/h…
Vermont's state license plate is the only US plate where the characters are debossed onto the plate, rather than embossed or screen printed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Tokyo Disneyland is not owned or operated by Disney, but by a Japanese company which licenses the theme from Disney. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tok…
Disneyworld has it's own government. The Reedy Creek Improvement District has two municipalities within itself, Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista. Both allow the Disney Corporation to issue their own building permits and liquor licenses... among other benefits. popularmechanics.com/tech…
Japan offers ramen discounts to older drivers if they give up their driving licenses theguardian.com/world/201…
Photoshop was developed in 1987 by Thomas & John Knoll for Macintosh & Adobe decided to purchase the license in 1988. The price of Photoshop 1.0 for Macintosh was $895 back in 1990. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ado…
The dealership F & R auto, who got famous for harassing a pizza delivery guy, have lost their license to sell vehicles. heraldnews.com/news/20170…
Among the documents made public by the CIA, that were found in Bin Ladens Abottabad Compound, was a file with just the serial number FCKGW – RHQQ2 – YXRKT – 8TG6W – 2B7Q8 the most common XP volume license. cia.gov/library/abbottaba…
There is an accepted Copyfree license named "Do What the Fuck You Want To" but its use is "not recommended". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WTF…
In the UK, you can legally and peacefully avoid paying the TV license provided you fill in a simple form every 2 years and promise not to consume BBC media and broadcasts. tvlicensing.co.uk/check-i…
One of the most sought-after jobs in Venice is that of gondolier. There are only 425 licenses issued, and applicants must be Venetian by birth. Apprenticeships involve over 400 hours of training, and when a gondolier dies the license passes to the beneficiary, who then decides the replacement. thedailybaguette.net/2014…
Arizona started issuing licenses that were good until age 60. Starting at 65, drivers must renew every five years, with a vision test each time. dmv.org/az-arizona/renew-…
Sarah Ferguson, Prince Andrew's former wife, was the first member of Britain’s Royal Family to gain a private helicopter pilot’s license. Other members of the family, Prince Andrew, have learned to fly helicopters during military service latimes.com/archives/la-x…
In America, you are required to have a license to take a photo of Earth from outer space. wikipedia.org/wiki/Photog…
Shazam! was not originally owned by DC Comics, but by Fawcett Publications. The original comic books outsold Superman & was the most popular superhero of the 1940s. DC sued Fawcett due to similarities to SuperMan, ended publication in 1953, and would license him to DC in 1971. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
In 2017, the State of California formally placed a ban on the number β€œ69” (the sex number) from being added to custom license plates for all drivers inverse.com/amp/article/2…
In Louisiana, Budget car rental will accept a speeding ticket instead of your driver license when you rent a car from them budget.com/budgetWeb/html…
Dexter Holland from The Offspring graduated high school as valedictorian, has a PhD in Molecular Biology from USC, has his pilot license and flew solo around the world in 10 days, runs marathons, and has his own hot sauce company. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dex…
The number 8 is considered lucky in China. A man bought a license plate reading 'K88888' for $150,500. He was stopped by the police eight times in one day to confirm the number plate was real. ejinsight.com/20160630-he…
The state of Ohio requires drivers convicted of a DUI to drive with unique bright yellow license plates cga.ct.gov/2004/rpt/2004-…
In Ohio, repeat DUI offenders have β€˜Scarlet letter’ license plates! lancasteronline.com/news/…
Since people over 75 do not need to have television licenses in the UK, 74-year-olds can apply for short-term licenses for a period shorter than the usual year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tel…
Every vehicle crossing the two bridges to and from Cape Cod has its license plate recorded by the Massachusetts State Police. wbur.org/radioboston/2019…
Porn actress Asia Carrera is a member of Mensa with an IQ of 156. An atheist, Carerra wore a colander for her driver's license photograph. State law normally prohibits hats in such photos but she used an exception for religious headwear (the religion of the Flying Spaghetti Monster). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asi…
It is illegal to modify the weather in Utah without a license & permit rules.utah.gov/publicat/c…
Cha, 69, finally gained her driving license after 960 tries. nytimes.com/2010/09/04/wo…
In SΓ£o Paulo, Brazil, the Last Digit of your License Plate Determines What Days You Can Drive en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veh…
In California, the DMV will only allow 1969 year model cars to include "69" on a custom license plate. inverse.com/article/28874…
The position of a Venetian gondolier is extremely exclusive and difficult to attain. Only 425 licenses are granted each year and it requires years of apprenticeship and passing a major exam. telegraph.co.uk/travel/de…
Starbucks' "Frappucino" is a registered trademark that act as a sub-license out of the Netherlands. When you purchase a beverage, your money goes to pay a trademark fee, which Starbucks books as losses, and the entity in the Netherlands pays little to no tax on the trademark revenues. youtu.be/d4o13isDdfY?t=18…
A Montana State University Professor sued Wal Mart because they put his occupation as "Toliet Cleaner" on his fishing license bozemandailychronicle.com…
Because the number 8 is considered very lucky in Chinese culture, a Chinese man spent the equivalent of $145,000 to secure a license plate reading '88888' in the hope of increasing his luck. On his first day with the plate, he was pulled over 8 times by cops who thought the plate was a fake. shanghaiist.com/2016/06/2…
A DC man with the license plate β€œNO TAGS” has received $20,000 in tickets due to his plates being the same phrase police use to ticket unregistered cars. newsfeed.time.com/2012/02…
Today I learned about Bessie Coleman - the first African American woman to obtain a pilot's license in 1921. womenshistory.org/educati…
After Steve Jobs discovered a loophole that allowed a 6-month grace period before requiring a license plate on a leased car, Jobs would lease the same Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG every six months in order to avoid having a plate esquire.com/entertainment…
Dwight D. Eisenhower was the first President of all 50 states. Hawaii, the 50th state, entered the union on August 21, 1959, during the Eishenhower's second term. Eisenhower was also the first President to hold a pilot's license. junior.scholastic.com/pag…

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