Sony didn't believe that Aaron Sorkin's 162 page script for 'The Social Network' would come out under 2 hours. David Fincher timed Sorkin reading it aloud. The reading took 1 hour and 59 minutes, which was the exact running time of the final cut youtube.com/watch?v=Ya3jO…
On the night that MTV launched, the opening sequence for the network featured footage of the Apollo 11 launch, simply because it was public domain and free to use. It was that opening sequence that connected MTVs image with astronauts, including the Video Music Award β€œmoon man” trophy. mtv.com/news/2924701/vma-…
Charlie Day was offered a part on the network show "Life on a Stick." At the same time, his friends began filming their own show with no money. Day turned down β€œLife on a Stick,” which lasted one season, while "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" became one of the longest running comedies ever. businessinsider.com/full-…
Somebody paid to have a banner flown through the sky reading out β€œCheater” during the Walk of Fame ceremony of Food Network Star and Chef Bobby Flay after divorcing his wife due to a cheating scandal. eonline.com/news/663091/b…
The reason for the Netherlands not being underwater is due to its complex network of dikes, ditches, canals and pumping stations that have been built through the course of its history. It is so intricate that controlled flooding can create a ring of fortification around Amsterdam, its capital. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
While Mark Zuckerberg was critical overall of his portrayal in "The Social Network", he was impressed by the accuracy of his depicted wardrobe: "Like every single shirt and fleece they had in that movie is actually a shirt or fleece that I own" theguardian.com/film/2010…
In April 2008, Comcast sued the Chattanooga Electric Power Board (EPB) to prevent it from building a fiber network to serve residents who were getting slow speeds from the incumbent cable provider, and lost. After EPB launched in 2009, Comcast and AT&T finally started upgrading their services. arstechnica.com/informati…
The Los Angeles Dodgers got their name due to fans having to dodge Brooklyn's complex network of trolley cars, which killed over 130 people in the first 3 years of operation. With horse drawn trolleys, the horse would stop. The all new electric trolley cars, however, would plow right over you. gizmodo.com/the-la-dodger…
A network of centuries-old tunnels under the city of Puebla, Mexico, was considered an urban legend until they were dediscovered in 2015. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pue…
In 1944, the American air force bombed the train station of Hasselt in Flanders. The bombs that missed made a network of craters in the nearby grasslands, which are now more than 110 ponds and house a large amount of aquatic animal species, some of which are of high conservation importance. pondscape.be/downloads/2a…
Today I learned about the Wood Wide Web, the microbe network that connects plants such as trees and fungi! sciencemag.org/news/2019/…
Before 1995, anyone who wanted a domain name could register it free of charge. This changed when the National Science Foundation awarded consulting company 'Network Solutions' the ability to charge for registration. mashable.com/2014/03/10/d…
The closing theme to WKRP in Cincinnati was made up of largely unintelligible lyrics. That's because they were meant as a stand in. Series creator Hugh Wilson figured they added to the verisimilitude, so he kept them. Also, the closing credits were often talked over by the network announcer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WKR…
The FCC can fine individuals and networks up to $495,000 for each instance of "Fuck" said on public airwaves, but only if it refers to a sexual act. There is no penalty if "Fuck" is used as a noun or adjective in an exclamation. cbsnews.com/news/fcc-oks-…
The first first-person shooter, Maze, was created in 1973. It included features like corner peeking, AI bots, and 8-player online play. In fact, it was so popular that DARPA had to ban it from ARPANET because half of all network activity for a month was between players at MIT and Stanford. polygon.com/features/2015…
Today I learned that Chinas high-speed rail network is 500 times longer than the US high-speed rail network and accounts for two thirds of the global total. eesi.org/papers/view/fact…
From 1982 to 2012, France had the Minitel, a telephone lines-based network. The Post Office distributed terminals, and various services such as deliveries, news and games, with users having to pay charves in the telephone bill depending from spent time and eventual purchases en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Min…
In 1857 India, the British rulers panicked when they found a network of Indians passing Chapatis (fleatbread) from village to village for no reason. When rebellion broke out later that year, the 'chapati movement' was credited. Historians now say that the events were completely unrelated. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Today I learned about Winter Lab. A 5x5m room with an ice floor that is mounted on a 6 axis motion simulator capable of simulating icy walking conditions. It is used to independently test winter boots, work boots, and ice cleats by the Toronto University Hospital Network Rehabilitation Institute. ratemytreads.com/about/
US embassy in Baghdad, Iraq is world's largest (almost of the same size as Vatican City). It houses its own power station, water & sewage treatment, internet and phone network, gym, cinema and sports facilities. Also has 6 apartment buildings for employees. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emb…
Unlike movie content ratings which are all governed by a single body (the MPAA), TV content ratings are merely suggestions and are determined by the individual networks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TV_…
One of the branches of AI sets two opposing networks against each other where one network acts like a counterfeiter, and the other network acts like an officer trying to spot fakes. Eventually, this is how computers generate realistic 'artificial' content thinkautomation.com/eli5/…
The first series produced by Cartoon Network was Space Ghost Coast to Coast in 1994 and is considered instrumental in establishing Cartoon Network's appeal to older audiences. wikipedia.org/wiki/Cartoo…
The Simpsons producer's contract allows them to write the show without interference from Fox. This allows them to make fun of the network. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Med…
The Playstation Network went down for a whole month in 2011, from April 17 to May 15. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
Cartoon Network aired The Iron Giant continuously for 24 hours in the early 2000s for Fourth of July and Thanksgiving en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The Ho Chi Minh trail was not simply a few footpaths but a network of tracks wide enough to drive trucks along, and multiple oil pipelines that by the end of the war had supplied 270,000 tonnes of petroleum to troops in southern Vietnam en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ho_…
Montgomery, Alabama was the first city in the United States to install citywide electric street cars. The network was nicknamed "The Lightning Route". It operated for 50 years until April 15th, 1936 when it was retired to be replaced by buses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
The cloud symbol was used to represent networks of computing equipment in the original ARPANET by as early as 1977, and the CSNET by 1981β€”both predecessors to the Internet itself. References to "cloud computing" appeared as early as 1996 in a Compaq internal document. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clo…
Tyler Perry stopped any future business with Warner Bros owned networks, finishing up his sitcoms "House of Payne" and "Meet The Browns" runs on WB owned TBS, partly out of anger from a episode of "The Boondocks" which lampooned and criticized him harshly, airing on WB owned Adult Swim. shadowproof.com/2010/07/0…
A woman faked her entire tragedy and the loss of her husband during the 9/11 attacks and became President of the Support Network in New York. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali…
Today I learned of Looking Backward: 2000-1887, an 1888 science fiction novel by Edward Bellamy that predicted debit cards, streaming music and CostCo. The bestseller was so popular that a network of 'Bellamy Clubs' sprung up to make Bellamy's vision a reality. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loo…
Nirvana once purposefully butchered Smells like Teen Spirit while performing live on the British TV show "Top of the Pops". The network forced them to play over a pre recorded tape which the band disliked. They proceeded to jokingly play their instruments and changed the lyrics of the song cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
Channel Drift is when a TV network shifts its shows to newer and more profitable audiences. The History Channel began showing non-history shows like Pawn Stars, American Pickers and Top Shots. Sci-Fi channel re-branded to Syfy to avoid trademark issues and include WWE professional wrestling. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
After the KGB seized manuscripts of The Gulag Archipelago it circulated in the Samizdat, an underground publishing network that used untraceable typewriters to reproduce censored books. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
A Russian eagle named "Min" & 3 other eagles being tracked by scientists unexpectedly flew into Iran/Pakistan; the birds racked up so many out-of-network data roaming charges on SMS text transmitters that scientists had to take out a loan & ask for help on social media to pay off the phone bill. bbc.com/news/world-europe…
In order to arrest two Russian hackers, the FBI created a fake startup company called Invita, and invited them to the U.S. for a β€œjob interview”. The two men accepted and were arrested. They had hacked into the networks of at least 40 U.S. companies and then tried to extort money. nbcnews.com/id/3078784#.X…
The powerpuff girls originally got their powers from "a can of whoopass" rather than Chemical X, hence their original name "the whoopass girls" before being picked up by Cartoon Network in 1992. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Disney once offered televangelist Pat Robertson $42 million to let them remove "The 700 Club" from Freeform's lineup, but he said no. Freeform began as the satellite channel of Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network; he sold it in the '90s, but every owner since has had to air the show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
The Japanese Shinkansen train network opened in 1964 and consists of 1,717 miles of track with trains reaching 200 MPH or 320 KM/H. Over the Shinkansen’s 50 year history there have been over 5.6 billion riders & not a single death or injury due to accident. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
NATO bombed Serbian TV network killing sixteen journalist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NAT…
Today I learned about the Transcontinental Airway System, a network of about 1,550 concrete arrows and beacons on the ground that helped American pilots fly at night. The arrows were used from the 1920s until the 1950s when radar and other technological advances rendered them obsolete. mercurynews.com/2016/01/0…
Through 1970 to 1971 TV networks cancelled some of their most popular and profitable shows including Green Acres, Lassie, Hee-Haw and The Beverly Hillbillies in what is often referred to as The Rural Purge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rur…
Food Network’s Chopped can take up to 14 hours to film a 30 minute episode and can include judging rounds of up to 90 minutes each mashed.com/32044/reasons-…
The Taliban used dynamite to destroy two 4th century statues of Buddha. They saw it as idolatry. The destruction revealed a previously unknown network of caves with wall paintings from the 5th to 9th centuries and another giant statue of Buddha. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bud…
Today I learned about Braess’s Paradox: adding an extra road to a network can cause more traffic for everyone - even without any increase in the number of cars! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
Encrochat was a encrypted messaging network, that run on custom phones, used by criminals to plan drug deals, murders and extortion plots. Each phone costed €1000, plus €1500 for a contract of six months, and had a β€œpanic button” that would erase all data. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enc…
Today I learned about The Global Flyway Network (GFN), a partnership between researchers worldwide who are devoted to long term work on long-distance migrating shorebirds with the ability to track birds with tags in real-time, or go back and see the journeys of certain birds at certain times. globalflywaynetwork.org
The forgotten show "Time Squad" was the first cartoon produced under the "Cartoon Network" banner for their own network and not Hanna Barrera. It also featured Mark Hamill as a robot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
Following the Roman departure from Britain, systematic construction of paved highways in the UK did not resume until the early 18th century. The Roman road network remained the only nationally-managed highway system until the early 20th century. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom…

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