According to Paul McCartney there is no mystery to who broke up the Beatles. John Lennon did. He called a meeting and said he was leaving the band. noise11.com/news/paul-mcc…
Following his resignation as U.S. President in the midst of the Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon forged a successful post-presidency as an author and elder statesman, meeting many foreign leaders such as Gorbachev. In 1986 he was ranked by Gallup as one of the ten most admired men in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
β€œMilitary Grade” is just a marketing ploy. In the actual military, β€œmilitary grade” means β€œmeeting the bare-minimum requirements of durability, while also costing the least.” melmagazine.com/en-us/sto…
Disney's Lady and The Tramp (1955) is based on a 19th century painting depicting the meeting between Alexander the Great and Diogenes, where Alexander asked if there was anything the sunbathing philosopher wanted from him, with Diogenes famously responding "You could get out of my sunlight" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dio…
Clint Eastwood was mayor of tiny Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA in the 1980s; he ran because he wanted to lift a ban on public ice cream sales, flew home from movie sets for weekly council meetings, wrote a column in the town paper, and a local hotel changed their slogan to "make my stay". mentalfloss.com/article/7…
Abe Lincoln was a cat lover. One month before he was assassinated he stopped a meeting with General Ulysses S. Grant to make sure three kittens were okay. rogerjnorton.com/Lincoln3…
During filming of the 1978 film "Invasion of the Body Snatchers", actress Veronica Cartwright was not told the film would end with Donald Sutherland delivering his infamous pod shriek rather than meeting him for an actual conversation. She was genuinely terrified when Sutherland shrieked at her. hollywoodreporter.com/hea…
In 1937, upon meeting Hitler, Viscount Halifax thought he was a footman and handed him his coat upon arrival. A long and barbed meeting with the FΓΌhrer then ensued. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev was so impressed by First Lady Jackie Kennedy after meeting her that he later sent her a puppy; the animal was significant for being the offspring of Strelka, the dog that had gone to space during a Soviet space mission en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
Matthew McConaughey originally auditioned with Kate Winslet for 'Titanic' (1997) and was confident he got the role of Jack, but Leonardo DiCaprio interviewed next and James Cameron said every woman in the building showed up for the meeting so he thought, 'maybe I should cast this guy'. thewrap.com/james-cameron…
Michael Bay (producer of movies with over-the-top-explosions) played a small one-line role as a Frat Boy, one of the evil gangs at Casanova Frankenstein's meeting with all of Champion City's bad guys. He had one speaking line... "Can we bring the brewskis?" agonybooth.com/mystery-me…
Meat Loaf (who was a vegetarian for 10 years) once asked about meeting singer and dedicated animals rights activist k.d. lang, but she refused because his stage name wasn't vegetarian friendly. ivu.org/people/music/meat…
Today I learned about Vidal Sassoon, the famous hairstylist, that at the age of 17 joined as the youngest member of the '43 Group', an underground organization which physically broke up fascist meetings in East London after WWII . en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vid…
When he was serving as an assistant at Comedy Central, John Mulaney was the one who answered the phone call when Dave Chappelle "went missing." He then was tasked with breaking the news of Chappelle's departure to Africa to the execs who were in the middle of meeting. ew.com/tv/2019/12/27/john…
Heterosexual couples are more likely to meet a romantic partner online than through personal contacts and connections. Meeting a significant other online has replaced meeting through friends. People trust the new dating technology more, and the stigma of meeting online seems to have worn off news.stanford.edu/2019/08…
Today I learned of the Bohemian Grove: A restricted 2700 acre campground in California that is only available for the world's elite. It is described as a private vacation getaway yet it is famous for hosting the Manhattan Project planning meeting in 1942, that led to the creation of the atomic bomb. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boh…
During the Tower Commission testimony Ronald Reagan had a piece of instruction written for him by one of his aides. However, the president actually read the instruction aloud, saying that "If the question comes up at the Tower Board meeting, you might want to say that you were surprised.”. dailyhowler.com/dh061004.…
Harry Houdini invited his friend Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to the annual meeting of the Society of American Magicians in 1922. Doyle set up a projector and shocked them all with footage of live dinosaurs on screen. It was actually a clip from the upcoming 1925 film The Lost World based on his novel mcgill.ca/oss/article/his…
Before 'The Addams Family' movie, actor Carl Struycken resembled the original Lurch so much that instead of a casting call, he had a meeting with the director and producer. The producer let him know he got the part by saying, "Well, that's what you're going to be for the rest of your life." hollywoodreporter.com/hea…
Dolly Parton used to stop business meetings for sixty seconds so that the men could stare at her boobs and focus for the rest of the meeting msn.com/en-us/entertainme…
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…
Michael Jackson was supposed to be in the Twin Towers while the 9/11 attacks occurred, dealing with a business meeting, but he missed it because he overslept. vt.co/entertainment/celeb…
The name "Idaho" is not a Native American word, but a completely made-up word that George M. Willing coined after meeting a little girl named "Ida." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ida…
Nicolas Cage was considered for the role of Randy "The Ram" Robinson in The Wrestler. When taken to a live event, he thought wrestling was real like UFC! In the end, the crew had a meeting where it was determined that Cage looked too healthy for the part, so the role went to Mickey Rourke. prowrestlingstories.com/p…
Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall's then-fiancee Vivian Burey, upon meeting his family after they were engaged, was warned by Marshall's uncle to avoid Marshall because he was a bum, and would "always be a bum." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viv…
"Inemuri", in Japan the practice of napping in public, may occur in work, meetings or classes. Sleeping at work is considered a sign of dedication to the job, such that one has stayed up late doing work or worked to the point of complete exhaustion, and may therefore be excusable. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sle…
To solve their issue of crime syndicates attending shareholder meetings and blackmailing members, Japanese businesses decided to hold all their annual meetings on the same day because the syndicates would not have enough people to send to all of them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C…
That, when Dan Aykroyd was developing Crystal Head Vodka, he thought there would be a trademark conflict with "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull", a meeting between Aykroyd and director Steven Spielberg resulted in the drink being served at the movie's premiere en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cry…
The Erfurt latrine disaster was an event that occurred in Erfurt, Duchy of Thuringia in 1184. A number of nobles from across the Holy Roman Empire were meeting in a room at the Church of St. Peter, when their combined weight caused the floor to collapse into the latrine beneath the cellar and le en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erf…
In 1933, Adolf Hitler made friends with a young Jewish girl, Rosa Nienau, whilst he was staying at his mountain retreat. After the meeting they became penpals and the correspondence carried on right until 1938 when Hitlers secretary told her to cease contact. bbc.co.uk/news/world-euro…
One of George Harrison's last letters was written to Mike Myers, because George was a huge fan of Austin Powers. George used a Mini Me doll during some of his last meetings with the Beatles when he couldn't speak. youtu.be/v9Du7ikTpHE
In 1836, a sewer worker accidentally discovered an old drain which ran directly into the Bank of England's gold vault. He wrote letters to the directors of the bank and requested a meeting inside the vault at an hour of their choosing - and popped out of the floor to greet them bankofengland.co.uk/knowl…
Bill Gates' mother, Mary, knew John Opel, CEO of IBM, because both served on the national United Way committee. At Mary's request, Opel set up a meeting with Bill Gates, CEO of then-small software firm Microsoft, to discuss the possibility of using PC-DOS for IBM's about-to-be-released PC. pcworld.com/article/24331…
The initial 1972 meeting between President Richard Nixon and Mao Zedong was planned for fifteen minutes, but it lasted about an hour. Mao seemed to only want to talk philosophic questions, although Nixon brought up questions like the India-Pakistan crisis, Taiwan, Vietnam, Korea historyengine.richmond.ed…
Jeffery Dahlmer was converted and baptized in prison in 1994, where he continued meeting with the minister who baptized him. The pastor received a Thanksgiving Day card in November 1994, thanking him for teaching him God's word. Dahlmer died a few days later. nytimes.com/2007/03/11/us…
A Californian politician accidentally left his microphone on during a meeting break and was caught graphically boasting about two different affairs he was having. He resigned less than 15 hours after the story broke. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
The Erfurt latrine disaster was an event that occurred in Erfurt, Duchy of Thuringia. A number of nobles from across the Holy Roman Empire were meeting in a room at the Church of St. Peter, when their combined weight caused the floor to collapse into the latrine beneath the cellar. wikipedia.org/wiki/Erfurt…
4G LTE isn't actually 4G. It stands for 'Long Term Evolution', and was invented so that companies can market their networks as 4G without meeting its specifications. Actual 4G speeds are 100 Mb/s for moving devices (in a train/car) and 1 Gb/s for stationary devices. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4G
Nikola Tesla was an ardent follower of Vedanta and frequently used Sanskrit terminology in his works. His meeting with the Hindu monk Swami Vivekananda in 1896, facilitated by actress Sarah Bernhardt, triggered his lifelong interest in the Vedas and Indian philosophy. faena.com/aleph/articles/…
Former NBA player and devout Mormon, Shawn Bradley, was once fined $10k for not going to a mandatory team meeting at a strip club complex.com/sports/2014/0…
Despite Mac and Dick McDonald having already franchised 6 restaurants before meeting Ray Kroc, Ray considers himself the founder. He even falsely claims in his autobiography that his franchise was the first McDonald’s ever opened amp.timeinc.net/time/mone…
When Mr Rogers heard his limo driver was going to be waiting outside while Rogers was in a meeting, he asked the driver to come in. On the way back they passed the driver's home and Rogers asked if they could stop and meet his family. Rogers kept in touch with the driver for the rest of his life cnn.com/2008/LIVING/wayof…
Zoologist Francis Buckland kept the remains of a cat under his bed at Winchester College, dug up and ate a dead panther from a zoo (declaring the meat "not very good"), and took his pet bear Tigleth Pileser to a meeting at Oxford University dressed in a cap and gown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
During a meeting with Steve Jobs, Disney CEO Bob Iger brought an encyclopedia of Marvel characters to explain what Disney what be buying. Jobs claimed that he never read a comic book in his life and added he hated them more than video games superherohype.com/comics/…
Winston Churchill and Adolf Hitler scheduled a meeting over tea in 1932. Hitler stood Churchill up, rescheduled, and stood him up again. theguardian.com/commentis…
The Golden State Killer attended a public information meeting about his own attacks. A husband stood up and mocked the notion that the killer would attack if a man was present in the home. The killer followed the couple home to see where they live and returned 6 months later to attack them. mercurynews.com/2018/04/2…
Nobel scientist James Watson was attracted to Harvard partly because it was a 'girl-containing university'. He employed research assistants and secretaries from the neighbouring women's Radcliffe College, before meeting his 19 year old wife and marrying the sophomore when he was 39 theguardian.com/education…
Ronald Reagan was deeply affected by the film The Day the Earth Stood Still, to the point that at his first meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev, he suggested that the world might put national differences aside in the face of an alien threat nytimes.com/2008/11/02/mo…
Today I learned about Octopolis and Octlantis of the coast of Australia. Octopuses are usually solitary creatures, but in these places they have been observed meeting up, living together, communicating with each other, chasing unwelcome octopuses away, and even evicting each other from dens. theguardian.com/environme…
Frederick Douglas was asked what advice he had for a young man. "Agitate! Agitate! Agitate!" Douglass passed away in 1895, at the age of 77, after attending a women's rights meeting with Susan B. Anthony. digitalhistory.uh.edu/his…

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