New York City offers so-called Friendship Benches, a program first used in Zimbabwe, where peers offer an ear to people who are suffering from depression but are not in a position to seek professional therapy. goodmorningamerica.com/we…
Today I learned of Friedrich Kellner’s diary titled β€œMy Opposition”, consisting of 10 volumes, 861 pages, and 676 individually dated entries from September 1939 to May 1945. His diary offers a glimpse at what an average German citizen might’ve known of during the height of Nazi Germany’s power. timesofisrael.com/what-di…
Basketball Hall of Famer George Raveling volunteered as security during MLK's famous "I Have a Dream" speech. Immediately after the speech he asked MLK for the original typewritten manuscript, which he gave him. He still has it and has refused offers of more than $3,000,000 for it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_H…
Virtual restaurants, such as "Pasqually's Pizza and Wings," offer food only through delivery services only. Pasqually's is actually made in Chuck-E-Cheese restaurants and sold under the Pasqually's name. businessinsider.com/pasqu…
When Samuel Fuller left Hollywood to fight in WW2, he refused offers for desk jobs and instead enlisted as an infantryman, saw heavy fighting, and even liberated a concentration camp. Returning home with a Silver Star, he became one of the most influential filmmakers of all time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
Seinfeld was assigned to an inexperienced NBC executive and intentionally broke many sitcom stereotypes: Jerry and Elaine's relationship never blossomed, it offers no growth or reconciliation to its characters, and even Susan's death elicits no genuine emotions from anybody in the show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sei…
In the Czech Republic, beer is cheaper than water in pubs, leading its health minister to call on restaurants and bars to offer at least one nonalcoholic drink at a price less than that of beer - but the Czech Hotel and Restaurant Association said that it is ready to fight "excessive regulation" firstwefeast.com/eat/2013…
The first ever Roman fire brigade was created by Marcus Licinius Crassus. During fires, they would do nothing while Crassus would offer to buy the burning building from the owner at a very low price. If the owner agreed, they would put out the fire. If he refused, they would simply let it burn. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
After being in Batman Begins, Katie Holmes turned down the offer to reprise her role as Rachel Dawes in β€œThe Dark Knight”, in order to be in β€œMad Money.” msn.com/en-in/entertainme…
Ming China placed limits on how frequently its client states could offer tribute. This was because Ming China always provided a return gift whenever they received tribute, which would often be of greater value than the tribute received. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
Today I learned of Charles Ramsey, a Cleveland man who was key in the rescue of 3 women & a child from over a decade of captivity in a neighbor's home. When word got out he was eating a Big Mac when he heard a woman's cries for help, over a dozen Ohio restaurants pledged to offer him a free burger anytime. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
Eric Fleming rejected an offer to star in an Italian-made western called A Fistful of Dollars (1964), filmed in a remote region of Spain by a relatively unknown director, Sergio Leone. That role went to his Rawhide co-star - Clint Eastwood. telegraph.co.uk/music/art…
, Jean Thurel 1698-1807 was a fusilier in the French Army with a stunning career that spanned 75 years. Enlisted in 1716, he would continuously serve with his comrades without support, retiring at age 93 in 1792. Thurel never accepted any offers of promotion and stayed a private his whole career. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
Russia first tried to sell Alaska to the tiny state of Liechtenstein, who declined the offer, before selling it to America. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ala…
When Pope John Paul visited Mondello in 1978, the Ferrari factory offered him a ride in one of their iconic cars. Breaking protocol, the Pope accepted the offer instead of the pope-mobile. In 2005, Ferrari gifted the final Enzo, #400/#400, for the pope. Pope John Paul then donated it to charity. youtu.be/XGDrIF6F90Y
Chimpanzees show deference to the alpha male of their community by performing ritualized postures and gestures. If an alpha male is present, then they will offer their hands while grunting as a sign of submission. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alp…
The Powder Room bar in Hollywood offers a $500 milkshake with decadent chocolates, ultra-premium spirits, gold flake, and includes a Swarovski crystal cocktail ring. cnbc.com/2017/11/21/the-p…
Every then-living ex-President of the United States - Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan - was offered a guest role in The Simpsons episode Krusty Gets Kancelled. Only Ronald Reagan responded to the offer, politely declining. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kru…
Having sex can offer temporary relief for nasal congestion health.clevelandclinic.or…
Lexus offers a Kiriko glass trim package that adds $23,080 to the price of the $80,000 sedan. lexusenthusiast.com/2018/…
In order to appease Persia for killing their ambassadors, Sparta sent two young noblemen volunteers, Bulis and Sperthias, to offer themselves to be executed in atonement. Xerxes sent the men back, saying that he would not sink to Sparta's level and did not consider Sparta's guilt loosened. heritage-history.com/inde…
, Indonesia among other countries offer menstrual leave period.media/quotes/the-c…
Gurudwara in Punjab where People offer Toy Aeroplanes in hope of getting their Visa done faster. daily.bhaskar.com/news/JM…
While Apple was buying rural land for a new building, one couple refused to sell their 1 acre plot of land they had originally purchased for $6,000. After rejecting every single offer, Apple just told them to name a price. They sold it for $1.7 million. gizmodo.com/old-couple-se…
John Lennon and Paul McCartney watched Saturday Night Live and almost took Lorne Michaels up on his offer to appear on the show that night for $3000. It was the last time Lennon and McCartney ever saw each other. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Christopher Nolan turned down an offer to direct Troy, instead opting to direct The Dark Knight Trilogy deadline.com/2013/06/ben-…
McDonald's had an offer to give away free big Mac's, French fries and drinks through scratch cards with every medal that USA wins during the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. They lost millions of dollars because USSR and it's allies boycotted the event and USA unexpectedly topped the table. youtu.be/JBnVtUpCV28
When Kennedy met with Nikita Khrushchev, the Premier of the Soviet Union in June 1961, he proposed making the Moon landing a joint project, but Khrushchev did not take up the offer. Kennedy again proposed a joint expedition to the Moon in 1963 (shortly before Kennedy's death). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
Peter Bogdanovich, who plays Elliot Kupferberg on The Sopranos was offered the role of directing The Godfather, but he declined the offer because he was not "interested in the mafia". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Colombian author Gabriel GarcΓ­a MΓ‘rquez turned down a lucrative offer to adapt his books, explaining that he has a desire for direct communication with his readers - by means of the letters he writes they can imagine the characters to be as they wish, and not as the borrowed face of an actor tvguide.com/news/one-hund…
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation offers $100,000 grants to people trying to make better condoms. cosmopolitan.com/sex-love…
In 2000 an anonymous businessman offered then 18-year-old Britney Spears Β£7.5M for her virginity. She rejected the offer. theguardian.com/world/200…
The Gilmore Car Museum in Michigan offers a driver's training class to teach people of any age to learn how to drive a Ford Model T built between 1908 and 1927 performance.ford.com/enth…
Catholics are allowed to offer incense before altars of Buddha, who is seen as a most venerable, not a sign of worshiping God. ucanews.com/news/vietname…
Garth Brooks turned down the part of Private Jackson because he didn't want to share the spotlight with Tom Hanks who he thought was not famous enough and then was dropped when Garth wanted to play the bad guy for which Spielberg didn't have any to offer. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Nicolas Cage once donated $2 million to Amnesty International for them to use to offer rehabilitation shelters, medical services and psychological and reintegration services to some of the 300,000 children forced to fight in conflicts across the world. digitalspy.com/showbiz/a3…
In the late 1990's Activsion offered Tony Hawk $500,000 for his name rights in the Tony Hawk video game franchise. Tony Hawk turned down the offer & the video games went on to generate over $1.4 billion in sales worldwide. cnbc.com/2019/06/13/tony-…
The Mothers' Milk Bank quietly offers breastmilk to adults with cancer and other serious illnesses to ease their symptoms. seattletimes.com/nation-w…
Hitler offered to trade a million Jews for material goods, including 10,000 trucks. The Jews would have been allowed to go to any Allied country except Palestine, as Hitler had promised the Grand Mufti no Jews would settle in Palestine. The offer was rejected. jewishvirtuallibrary.org/…
Tom Selleck, the actor who played the lead character in Magnum P.I., turned down an offer by George Lucas to play Indiana Jones. He turned down the offer and the role went to Harrison Ford instead. Selleck has said he hasn't regretted his decision. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
Entrepreneur Laura Scudder (1881-1959), a pioneer of marking food with freshness dates & of using chips bags was refused insurance by male agents. After decades she gave up a $9 million offer for her company when the buyer wouldn't guarantee workers' jobs. (A later $6M offer did protect them.) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lau…
Today I learned about Japan’s Rent-a-Family Industry, where there are companies that offer rentable family members to people willing to pay. People can be rented for a selected family role you desire up to a certain period of time. Real marriages and relationships have formed from these services. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
In Japanese Folklore, Ijuu is a strange beast that lives in the forests. If you are hiking and run into Ijuu, don't be scared. Just offer to split your lunch with it and the beast will most likely repay you by carrying your heavy backpack. hyakumonogatari.com/2013/…
The TV Show Friends was loosely based on the Cameron Crowe film Singles. Crowe turned down the offer to turn the movie into a TV series, but NBC went ahead with the concept anyway, and Friends became one of the most popular TV series in history. rollingstone.com/movies/m…
Priceline used to offer a "name your own price" for gas and groceries strategy-business.com/art…
The USPS (United States Postal Service) does NOT offer postal banking services anymore, while almost every other developed country does it. The United States Postal Savings System existed until 1960's. time.com/5351706/postal-b…
Today I learned about Thought-Terminating ClichΓ©s - a type of logical fallacy that employs the loaded language of a well known phrase or saying that offers seemingly simple solutions to complex questions for the sole purpose of shutting down further debate by diminishing critical thinking. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
The heavy metal band Black Sabbath originally started wearing crosses to ward off a curse. After denying an offer to play at Stonehenge, the satanists hosting the event claimed to cast a curse on the band. ultimateclassicrock.com/b…
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers a "pirate certificate" to students who complete the archery, sailing, fencing, and pistol or rifle shooting courses. The department frequently holds "pirate induction" days and has had a steady stream of students awarded the achievement. snopes.com/fact-check/mit…
Today I learned about Taarof, Iranian etiquette in which the host offers anything to the guest and the guest declines it repeatedly until eventually giving in, regardless of whether they want it or not. Taxi drivers might refuse payment initially as passengers are meant to insist on paying. commisceo-global.com/blog…

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