Buffets are called "vikings" in Japan. This is because a Japanese restaurant manager went to Sweden and liked smΓΆrgΓ₯sbords so much he copied the idea at his restaurant. This Swedish word was too hard to pronounce in Japanese, so the word "vikings" was used instead after a employee suggested it. japan-talk.com/jt/new/str…
After Marcelo Bielsa became manager of Leeds United FC, he found out that the average fan had to work 3 hours to pay for a match ticket. He called his players together and made them pick up litter from around the training ground for 3 hours, to appreciate how the fans laboured for their passion theguardian.com/football/…
Buddy Holly asked his wife out on their first meeting and proposed to her on the second. His manager disapproved of the relationship saying it would upset his female fans, so during his tours she was presented as his secretary. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bud…
Stan Lee, the co-creator of comic book characters including Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Daredevil and the X-Men which have populated a film series that has grossed more than $11bn worldwide, was a victim of elder abuse by his business manager Keya Morgan. abc.net.au/news/2019-05-1…
In some jurisdictions, dancers at strip clubs are only permitted to expose breasts and/or genitals when performing on a raised platform; they must be dressed before their feet touch the venue's main floor. Managers responsible for enforcing this rule communicate it as 'the floor is lava'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Jim Simons is the most successful hedge-fund manager in the history of modern finance averaging 66% annual returns (39% after fees). Also learned he is a very giving philanthropist contributing to education, technology research, and autism research. marketwatch.com/story/tur…
At age 71 legendary songwriter Leonard Cohen discovered he was nearly broke after his long time manager and former lover stole $5M. The theft started after Cohen entered a Zen Buddhist retreat when he retired, believing he had enough money to live there the rest of his life. irishtimes.com/news/that-…
Barbara Bach who was Russian agent XXX the main Bond girl in The Spy Who Loved Me, auditioned for Charlie's Angels prompting them to ask her manager if she could play an American. Bach was born in Queens, New York en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Today I learned about Raven the Chimpanzee, she became the 22nd most successful money manager on Wall Street after choosing her stocks by throwing darts at a list of 133 internet companies. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
The first person to survive going over Niagra Falls in a barrel was a 63 year old woman named Annie Edson Taylor. She was hoping to make enough money from her fame to become financially secure, but never got much, in part because her manager stole her barrel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…
In 2016, the Rwanda Football Federation passed strict measures against the use of witchcraft: a player will be fined 100,000 Rwf (1000 Rwf = $1) and suspended for 3 matches; a manager will be fined 200,000 Rwf and suspended for 4 matches; and a team will be fined 500,000 Rwf and lose 3 points newtimes.co.rw/section/re…
In order to film on the island featured in 'Cast Away', the location manager Mary Morgan had to meet with the chieftains several times, perform ceremonial prayers, give and receive ceremonial gifts, and get permission from the chiefs and their 80 family members. youtube.com/watch?v=0lBAi…
In 2010 approx. 400 Allied Nippon workers beat their boss to death with iron rods to protest layoffs of their former co-workers, two other senior managers were hospitalised and members of Human Resources were also attacked. businessinsider.com/fired…
Today I learned about Lucas Radebe. He was transferred to Leeds United together with Philemon Masinga. He was only included in the deal to keep Masinga happy. The move wasn't a success but after a manager switch, Radebes career boosted. Big clubs wanted him and the fans/local brewery even named a beer after him en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luc…
Bruce Springsteen went to a Ramones show & met Joey Ramone, who asked him to write a song for them. Springsteen wrote "Hungry Heart" for them, and his manager implored him to keep it for himself instead. It became Bruce Springsteen's first Top 10 hit as a performer. nj.com/entertainment/musi…
Dominos rewarded managers with Dominos-branded Rolex watches finance.yahoo.com/news/st…
In 1962 then manager of Benfica (a Portuguese football/soccer team) BΓ©la Guttmann, had his pay rise request denied. He stormed out and said these final words... "Not in a hundred years from now will benfica ever be European champions." It's known as the BΓ©la Guttmann curse. footballtalk.org/stories/…
KFC only became a success in Japan after a junior store manager lied about whether Kentucky Fried Chicken was a staple of American Christmas atlasobscura.com/articles…
Madonna's current manager, who also manages U2, has been working for her since the foundation of her entertainment company in 1992 when he was 19 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy…
Leeds United's manager, Marcelo Bielsa, once chased fans with a grenade after they confronted him after a derby defeat in Argentina onefootball.com/en/news/m…
Black Sabbath’s live album β€œLive At Last” was released without the band’s knowledge or permission. After dismissing their manager Patrick Meehan in the 70s, in 1980, Meehan arranged the reissue of the Sabbath catalogue and the release of an album consisting of concert recordings from 1973. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liv…
Henry Ford once tried to start a colony in the middle of the Brazilian rainforest called "Fordlandia", in which the locals were forced to live a midwestern American lifestyle until they rebelled and chased their managers into the forest en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Sam Allardyce is the only England football manager to have a 100% win record. The team only played one match before he was fired. bbc.com/sport/football/37…
Today I learned about Katherine Switzer, in 1967 she was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. She registered as K Switzer, and race manager Jock Semple, not expecting a woman to enter tried to physically remove her from the race but was stopped by her boyfriend. kathrineswitzer.com/1967-…
The first black baseball player wasn't Jackie Robinson, but rather Moses Fleetwood Walker, who played in the 1880s despite rampant racism. He was also an inventor, newspaper editor, hotel owner, opera house manager, postal worker, and a published author on race theory. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mos…
NASA managers claimed that there was a 1 in 100,000 chance of a catastrophic failure aboard Space Shuttle Challenger, but Feynman discovered that NASA's own engineers estimated the chance of a catastrophe at closer to 1 in 200. NASA had used the unrealistic estimate to recruit Christa McAuliffe en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
The band Heart played in Canada instead of the US for the first part of their career. They couldn't play in the US because their manager was hiding from the Vietnam draft in Canada. huffingtonpost.ca/2013/03…
Elvis Presley's own manager came up with the idea to sell "I hate Elvis" pins to people who hated Elvis en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
Today I learned of Farley Files, created by Roosevelt's Campaign Manager, James Farley. They were notes about everyone FDR ever met (e.g. spouse's name, hobbies, prior meeting notes). Farley & FDR would review the files prior to any meeting and the effect was powerful and intimate for visitors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far…
In 1996, a man broke into a New Zealand radio station, held the manager hostage, and his demand was for the station to play "Rainbow Connection" by Kermit the frog nonstop en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai…
In 1996 a man burst into a radio station in New Zealand and took the manager hostage. He demanded that the station play the Muppet song "The Rainbow Connection" by Kermit the Frog or else he would detonate a bomb. cnn.com/WORLD/fringe/9603…
The infamous cover for Black Sabbath's album Born Again was deliberately designed to be rejected. The designer wanted to maintain his relationship with Ozzy, whose father-in-law and Sabbath's manager had come to hate. The band accepted the cover anyway. black-sabbath.com/2004/06…
Ricky Gervais used to be the band manager of Suede digitalspy.com/showbiz/a3…
The Elvis Presley's manager, "Colonel" Tom Parker prevented Elvis from touring outside of the US (except for 3 shows in Canada in 1957) because Parker was, among other things, an illegal alien from the Netherlands that was suspected of murder. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
The London 2012 Summer Olympic Committee contacted Keith Moon’s manager to see if the former Who drummer would be interested in performing at the games. Keith Moon died in 1978. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kei…
, Elvis Presley wanted to record "I Will Always Love You". Dolly Parton was interested until Presley's manager told her that she needed to sign over half of the publishing rights to the song. She refused. This decision helped her make millions of dollars in royalties from the song. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dol…
Waffle House was founded when a restaurant manager and a real-estate agent met during the purchase of a house. They became friends and went into business together. Waffle House claims to be the world's largest seller of waffles, ham, pork chops, grits, and T-bone steaks, and 2% of all US eggs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waf…
In the German city of Wolfsburg, created for Volkswagen workers, there is a football club owned by Volkswagen, which plays at the Volkswagen stadium and which was coached by a manager called Wolfgang Wolf en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VfL…
George Boldt, a millionaire hotel manager, began building a castle on an island in 1900 for his wife. She died in 1904 and he left the castle there never to return as a monument to their love. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bol…
Asher Roth’s song β€œI Love College” saved Justin Bieber’s manager from going bankrupt in 2009 before Bieber went mainstream. inc.com/damon-brown/1-big…
Fulham FC manager, Scott Parker, was the little boy doing keepie-uppies in the World Cup 1994 McDonalds ad. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sco…
The 2012 Summer Olympic Committee contacted the manager of β€œThe Who” to see if drummer Keith Moon was available to perform at the Olympics. Unbeknownst to them, he died 34 years earlier in 1978. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kei…
Elvis, two months after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, recorded a live tribute song featuring direct quotes of MLK called "If I Can Dream" and overruled his manager to perform it as the finale to his comeback special over "I'll Be Home for Christmas" youtube.com/watch?v=u-pP_…
William Alvin "Bill" Moody aka Paul Bearer, best known as being The Undertakers manager, was an actual mortician en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
In 72, after Led Zeppelin had released 4 platinum albums, a festival mgr. wrote manager Peter Grant requesting a booking of "Led Zeppelin and his backing group." Grant replied by taking out a full page ad in a music industry publication in the form of a letter captioned, "Mr. Zeppelin regrets." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
Dominos Pizza awards all store managers who achieve $25,000 in sales a week for four consecutive weeks with a customized Rolex watch, in a contest called "The Rolex Challenge". nypost.com/2016/11/18/yes…
Despite being filmed in Austria, The Sound of Music was and is still unpopular in the German-speaking world. The third act (the events surrounding the occupation of Austria) was cut by the Munich manager of the studio, before being restored after director Robert Wise intervened. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Tony Hendra, the actor who plays Spinal Taps manager Ian Faith attempted suicide the night before the first day of filming. He credits the joy he received from making this movie with bringing him back from his depression. trend-chaser.com/entertai…
As a precursor to Platoon, Oliver Stone wrote a screenplay for Break, about his tour of Vietnam. He wanted Jim Morrison of The Doors to play the lead and sent him the script, but never got a response. Morrison had the script with him in Paris when he died, returned to Stone by his manager. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
Today I learned of the time footballer (later manager) Mark Hughes played in two matches, in two separate countries, on the same day. In November 1987, he played for Wales against Czechoslovakia in Prague. After the game he was quickly flown to Germany where he came on as a substitute for Bayern Munich. bbc.co.uk/sport/amp/footb…

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