The Lord of the Rings films originally would have been released by Disney via Miramax but they chose not to fund it due to costs. They let New Line Cinema have it on the condition they pay $10M in "turnaround" costs. The LOTR trilogy will later on gross over $2.9B at the global box office. hollywoodreporter.com/amp…
In 1982 a line drive foul ball hit a 4 year old boy in the head. Red Sox player Jim Rice scooped up the boy and laid him on the dugout floor so the Red Sox medical team could treat him. When the boy arrived at the hospital 30 minutes later doctors said that Jim's actions saved the boy's life. nola.com/sports/article_f…
In order to bolster its waning popularity as a travel hub, Japan's Kishigawa Train Line appointed a cat named Tama as its new station master in 2007, leading to a huge spike in popularity as a tourist destination. In 2010 a second cat was hired to "assist" Tama with her duties. zoomingjapan.com/travel/s…
In order to get improvements in their job security amidst the emergence of a rival bus line, bus drivers in Okayama, Japan decided to go on strike in a unique way in 2018. While on strike, they supported the community by continuing to drive their routes, but simply not charging customers. japantoday.com/category/n…
When recording a guest spot on The Simpsons, Justin Timberlake took issue with a line in which he said "Word!" saying it felt inauthentic. As a prank, the staff then edited his dialogue in production so every line ended with him saying "Word!" legendsrevealed.com/enter…
During World War I, the German government carried out a census of Jews to prove that german Jews weren't pulling their weight in the war effort. What they found out instead was that Jews were overrepresented on the front lines. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jud…
Mount Everest became so popular that in 2019 there was a 12 hours long line of around 200 people at the very peak, with a few people dying because of it theguardian.com/world/201…
An heir presumptive is a person first in the line of succession, but who can be displaced by the birth of another. An heir apparent cannot be displaced. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hei…
As Spock became popular on Star Trek, William Shatner became jealous and would hide the bicycle Nimoy rode to get around at work. Shatner also felt, as Captain, his intellect should be greater than anyone on the show, even a Vulcan with superior knowledge. So, he began stealing Nimoy’s lines. giantfreakinrobot.com/ent…
Today I learned about ParkWest, an Detroit-based gallery that only sells art in international waters during cruises. They purport to sell original artworks at steep discounts but in reality get bidders drunk to buy reproductions for thousands more than they’re worth. Plus, cruise lines are in on the scam. bloomberg.com/news/featur…
The white dashed lines on US highways are 10 feet long. And the space in between them runs 30 feet long. Most people believe that they’re only 2-4 feet long at most. news.osu.edu/slow-down---…
The line "I think it's across the bay, in Alameda" in Star Trek IV was ad-libbed by an extra. Studio had to get her to join the Actor Guild so they could keep the spontaneous line in the movie. legendsrevealed.com/enter…
After most of Manchester United's starting line-up died in a plane crash in 1958, Real Madrid offered to loan out Alfredo Di StΓ©fano, the world's best player, to Manchester United. All the parties agreed, but England's FA blocked the loan, because "it would halt the progress of a British player" thesefootballtimes.co/201…
Chuck Berry wrote the song "You Never Can Tell" (which is the soundtrack to the dance sequence in Pulp Fiction) while he was incarcerated in federal prison. He was jailed for transporting a 14-year-old girl across state lines, a violation of the Mann Act. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You…
Today I learned about the Nike Decade, a shoe line that was discontinued after members of the cult Heaven's Gate performed a mass suicide while wearing the sneakers. Pairs of the shoes now resell for thousands of dollars. vice.com/en/article/kbynm…
:"A Fistful of Dollars" from Sergio Leone, which was a nearly shot-for-shot remake of "Yojimbo" by Akira Kurosawa was never authorized by Toho/Kurosawa. The letter Kurosawa sent to Leone contained the line β€˜I’ve seen your movie. It’s a very good movie. Unfortunately, it’s my movie.'. flavorwire.com/483644/how…
The 20th Century Fox logo has a hidden sync mark. The flash in the bottom right at 0:11 lines up with the last beat before the finale. Editors & mixers use that to make sure the audio & picture are in sync. youtube.com/watch?v=lsgSG…
A farmer in Colorado paid $60K for the retired squad car of a deputy who was killed in the line of duty to gift the car to the deputy’s son. youtube.com/watch?v=7BF6B…
Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky had a cameo on the soap opera The Young and the Restless. As a huge soap opera fan in 1981, Gretzky made a cameo on the daytime show as a mafia boss. His one line was, β€œI’m Wayne from the Edmonton operation.” sheknows.com/entertainmen…
In the most famous scene of the movie "Gone With The Wind", an alternate line "Frankly my dear, I just don't care." was also shot in the event the censors would object. The censors approved the movie but fined producer David O. Selznick $5,000 for including the curse. history.com/this-day-in-h…
The NBA didn't adopt the 3-point line until 1979. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thr…
In X-Men First Class, 2011. Hugh Jackman used 8 takes to try to get his line just right. The line was originally, "fuck off" but on the 8th take Jackman improvised by saying, "go fuck yourself", which became the line used in the film and also gave a genuine reaction from McAvoy and Fassbender. collider.com/hugh-jackman…
In the live version of Johnny Cash's Folsom Prison Blues (recorded at Folsom) you can hear the audience cheering after the line "I shot a man in Reno / just to watch him die" ... but it was actually added in later. In reality, the prisoners avoided cheering, fearing reprisal from guards. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fol…
In 2006 50 Cent was sued by Luther Campbell's manager for plagiarizing the lines "It's your birthday" in the song "In da Club". However, the lawsuit was dismissed because the phrase was ruled a "common, unoriginal and noncopyrightable element of the song". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_…
Today I learned about the 21 month long Jubilee line corruption trial, the longest jury trial in UK history. 2 jurors were discharged for personal reasons. One was promised she would be able to get married and go on honeymoon which were cancelled. The trial ended (with acquittals) when a juror β€œwent on strike”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jub…
A 3000 mile long fiber-optic cable called Project Express was installed between London & New York in 2012. At a cost of $300 Million, the line was designed to shave 5 milliseconds from financial trades between the two cities. bloomberg.com/news/articl…
In a nationally publicized incident on December 1971, Terrence Howard witnessed his father Tyrone stab a man to death while waiting in line to meet Santa Clause. He was convicted of manslaughter and served 11 months in jail. essence.com/amp/news/shoc…
The closet border between the US and Russia is Big Diomede and Little Diomede, which are 2.4 miles apart, but are separated by 21 hours due to the International Date Line apimagesblog.com/new-arct…
Comfort noise is artificially created noise used in online phone calls to fill the artificial silence. It is used to give the user the feeling that someone is still on the line. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Abraham Lincoln's family line is believed to have gone extinct in 1985 after the death of his last great-grandson. While other relatives exist, no direct descendants of the former president are alive today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
There's two islands (Big Diomede & Little Diomede) in the Bering Strait which are only 2.4 mi (3.8 km) apart but separated by the International Date Line, causing a 21 hour time difference. They were nicknamed Tomorrow Island and Yesterday Island. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dio…
The Pacific and Atlantic oceans are at a different height, with the Pacific's water line being about 40cm taller sciencedirect.com/science…
Today I learned about Langer's lines. Also known in surgery as skin tension lines. These are considered to reduce scars en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
Eccentric 18th-century American businessman Timothy Dexter authored a book complaining about politicians, the clergy, and his wife. The book contained no punctuation, so in the second edition, he added a page with 11 lines of punctuation marks, for the readers to distribute them as they pleased en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
A teenaged Evel Kinevel, while working at a copper mine, popped a wheelie with a piece of heavy machinery. He hit a power line, causing the city of Butte, Montana to lose power for several hours. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eve…
Today I learned about the β€œBum Blockade,” an unconstitutional program enacted during the Great Depression by the LAPD to place officers at the California state lines in order to keep migrant workers (Okies) from crossing over to find work or housing. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Birds survive contact with power lines because of they way they are sitting, with both feet on the same wire. They are safe as long as they touch only a single wire, but as soon as they touch another wire, or a support pole at the same time, they will be electrocuted. oppdthewire.com/can-birds…
Today I learned that the Five (Mafia) Families of New York are sl active today, along the same family (or faction) lines that began over 100 years ago en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiv…
Thomas Edison tested over 1,600 different materials to find the right filament for the inside of his lightbulbs including coconut fiber, fishing line, and hair, Edison and his team eventually figured out that carbonized bamboo was the best material for the job. definingcreativity.com/th…
The 'beach ball' or 'wait' cursor on the Mac is originally from the NeXT line of computers and represents a spinning optical drive. These drives were slow, so users often saw the cursor. Originally black and white, it was later updated to reflect the bright rainbow surface of optical disks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
Learned that in 1985 a guy programmed his computer to call Jerry Falwell Sr's toll free prayer line every 30 seconds for 8 months. It clogged up the lines and cost them over $750k in reverse charges. content.time.com/time/mag…
The orange balls on power lines are called visibility marker balls (or just marker balls, for short), and they help make power lines more obvious to low-flying aircraft like planes and helicopters. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Pharrell wrote the most famous lines in the song Rump Shaker (song, 1992) when he was still a teenager. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rum…
During the filming of the 1953 film Beat the Devil, Humphrey Bogart lost several of his teeth in a car accident. Comedy actor Peter Sellers, then not known internationally, but with a talent for imitating voices, was hired to dub some of Bogart's lines while Bogart was unable to speak. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
When a phone company did a cutover in the past, they cut the copper wires to separate the switches from the lines when moving from old SXS to ESS systems. youtu.be/saRir95iIWk
Tokyo is not only the largest urban economy in the world, but also the largest city with a pop of 38 million people, has the world's tallest tower Tokyo Skytree and the world's largest underground floodwater diversion facility MAOUDC, and The Tokyo Metro Ginza Line is the oldest in Asia. wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokyo
The movie "Lake Placid" is set at a place named "Lake Black". The only reference to 'placid' in the movie is the line: "they wanted to call it 'Lake Placid,' but somebody said that name was taken." script-o-rama.com/movie_s…
The title of the Radiohead album "OK Computer" comes from a line in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: "OK, computer, I want full manual control now." The song "Paranoid Android" refers to "Hitchhiker" character Marvin, the Paranoid Android. vice.com/en/article/ev4ga…
In the 1987 Canada Cup Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemiuex, the two best players in NHL history, played on the same team and often the same line. They combined for 39 points in just nine games, winning the gold medal. hhof.com/htmlTimeCapsule/…
Today I learned about "Mitochondrial Eve", the most recent woman from whom all living humans descend in an unbroken line through their mothers. Estimates for her age are highly uncertain, with a range of times from 180,000 to 580,000 years ago. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mit…

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