During an interview with Stephen Hawking, the camera operator yanked a cable causing an alarm and Hawking to slump forward. Worried they had killed him, everyone rushed over to find Hawking giggling at his own joke. The alarm was from an office computer losing power. biography.com/news/stephe…
Carbon dioxide levels commonly found in classrooms and offices spaces can decrease higher cognitive function by up to 50%. ehp.niehs.nih.gov/doi/10.…
In 2007, when Halo 3 released it broke records on video game sales, making $170 million on the first day. Film executives blamed Halo for a 27% drop in the box office for that week. gamesradar.com/halo-3-bla…
Six Georgia inmates out on work detail saved a Deputy Sheriff who collapsed unconscious. They could have taken his gun & fled with the work van but used the Deputy's phone to call 911. The Sheriff's Office gave the men a pizza party with homemade dessert & recommended reduced sentences. cbsnews.com/news/six-inma…
After Joseph Stalin's Death, his successor embarked on a program of 'De-Stalinization' - systematically reversing most of Stalin's policies while in office, to end the "era of the cult of personality" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De-…
Marion County Sheriff's Office launched an investigation after one of its officers said he suspected someone had taken a bite out of a McChicken sandwich. They concluded that the officer forgot he took a bite of his sandwich. nbcnews.com/news/us-news/…
Ancient Athenians used Sortition (selection by lottery) to appoint public officials from a large pool of candidates. It was a pillar of their democracy. All competent and interested parties had equal chance of holding public office (minimizing Partisanship). Elections, by contrast, foster it.. britannica.com/topic/sort…
In 1948 Lyndon B Johnson used a helicopter to campaign for office. He would hover over farmers working in their fields, many who had never seen a helicopter, and blare through the loudspeaker: "Hello, down there! This is your friend, Lyndon Johnson, your candidate for the United States Senate." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/194…
Following John F Kennedy's assassination, VP Lyndon B Johnson was to take the oath of office as president. Someone found a book with a cross on it on a side table in President Kennedy's cabin on Air Force One and assumed it was a bible. It was a missal, a book of Catholic mass texts and verses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
The actor John Ratzenberger's box office gross is more than Robert Downey Jr's, Chris Evans', and Dwayne Johnson and he currently sits in 3rd place all-time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The actor that played Creed Bratton in the Office was named Creed Bratton. Additionally, his birth name was William Charles Schneider, the character's alternative name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cre…
President Carter sent his daughter to a majority black public school when in office. baltimoresun.com/news/bs-…
The TV show 'The Voice' heavily promotes the fact that the winner gets a free record deal. However, many of them get dropped shortly after signing. The winner of season 7 even admits none of the label executives knew who he was when he first entered the office shortly after winning. talentrecap.com/arent-voi…
Prior to After Earth's (2013) abysmal box-office performance, Will Smith had plans for the film to spawn a sequel, an animated television series, a video game, theme-park attractions, and a social media platform. screenrant.com/will-smith…
Thanks to the U.S. version of the sitcom "The Office", Scranton, Pennsylvania has gone from a former coal city into a major tourist attraction, revitalizing its downtown area skift.com/2013/05/09/how-…
The last male treasurer of the United States, William Alexander Julian, was in office from 1933-1949. The last 14 treasurers have been women. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
Today I learned of the crazy story of the colonial Australian Judge who refused to acknowledge the validity of any colonial law that contradicted British Law. Eventually he was removed from office and the British had to pass a law to specifically say that colonial laws were valid. adb.anu.edu.au/biography/…
The Oval Office's current desk, a gift from Queen Victoria, was modified by FDR who had a carved front panel added to hide his leg braces. It has also been raised with a base because presidents from JFK to Reagan kept banging their knees against the underside. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Res…
In The Last 15 Years There Has Been A Quarter Of A Dozen Reported Cases of Office Chairs Exploding (2 Critical Injuries & 1 Fatality) chairpickr.com/can-office…
In 1971, burglars broke into an FBI office by writing a note that said β€œPlease don’t lock this door tonight” and plastering it onto the front door. It worked and they stole several files. boingboing.net/2014/02/05…
Ulysses S. Grant appointed several Black and Jewish leaders to office during his presidency. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…
There was a Russian spy in the U.S. Congress. Representative Samuel Dickstein of New York, in office from from 1923 to 1945, was a paid agent of the NKVDβ€”the precursor to the KGBβ€”according to USSR records. The Soviets gave Dickstein the codename "Crook" due to his monetary demands. theguardian.com/theguardi…
Dwight from The Office nearly got a spinoff called "The Farm". It would have focused on expert beet-farmer Dwight, his brother Jeb, and his sister Fannie take over the land that his aunt left behind. However, people did not receive this idea well, saying that it was too late for a spinoff. screenrant.com/dwight-off…
Today I learned of the Ombalantu Baobab Tree. A tree so large that’s there’s a door in the trunk and 35 people can fit inside. It has served as a chapel, post office, house, and hiding spot during its history in Namibia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omb…
John Krasinski, Mindy Kaling, and Ellie Kemper (stars of "The Office") were interns for Conan O'Brien. theinterndc.com/theintern…
The Goodwill will refuse to take your old office chair, bean bags, or box spring mattresses chairpickr.com/how-to-rec…
The Swiss Air Force didn't respond to a hijacked airliner in their air space as it was outside normal office hours. A spokesman stated: "Switzerland cannot intervene because its airbases are closed at night and on the weekend" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eth…
In the early 20th century, if a policitician died, he would be replaced in office by his widow en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wid…
Open concept office spaces are damaging to workers’ attention spans, productivity, creative thinking, and satisfaction. newyorker.com/business/cu…
The country of Vanuatu has an underwater post office. It is located "50m offshore" and is 3m below the surface. The post office even has a special cancellation stamp that can be used underwater! postcrossing.com/blog/201…
During World War Two, the British Home Guard was issued with 250,000 pikes. Due to a lack of guns in 1941, Churchill wrote to the War Office saying, "every man must have a weapon of some sort, be it only a mace or a pike." His request was taken seriously. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hom…
10 Downing Street is not the residence of the UK Prime Minister, but of the First Lord of the Treasury, an office which is held concurrently with that of Prime Minister. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/10_…
Pope Benedict IX is the only person who has been pope on more than one occasion. He was notorious for selling the papacy and reclaiming the office afterwards twice, making him pope three times in 1032 to 1044, from April to May 1045 and from 1047 to 1048. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
A park ranger on Rinca Island was attacked by a Komodo dragon in his own office after a cleaner had left the door open the night before. The dragon was hiding under his desk when he sat down. The smell of blood attracted more outside. The ranger was taken to the hospital and recovered. canberratimes.com.au/stor…
Paul Biya of Cameroon is the longest serving non-royal leader in the world, having begun his term in June 1975, making a total of 45 years in office. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
The Kentucky oath of office has remained unchanged since the early 1800s, and that anyone sworn into any statewide or county office or judgeship in Kentucky must declare under oath that he or she has not participated in, acted as a second or otherwise assisted in a duel. npr.org/templates/story/s…
Michigan has the only floating post office in the United States. It’s called the J.W. Westcott II. It operates out of the Port of Detroit and delivers mail to crew throughout the Detroit River. onlyinyourstate.com/michi…
George Washington declined to run for a third term of office because he believed his death in office would create an image of a lifetime appointment. The precedent of a two-term limit was created by his retirement from office. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Arlington Memorial Bridge in Washington, DC, used to be a drawbridge. It hasn't opened since the 60s. Attached to the bridge legs are the operator's office and control room --still present but long-abandoned and sealed shut in 1976. atlasobscura.com/places/m…
According to the Tennessee Constitution, it's illegal to hold public office if you've fought a duel. capitol.tn.gov/about/docs…
Robert Healey spent $35.31 on a third party RI gubernatorial campaign & won 22% of the vote. Healey ran on the Cool Moose Party ticket for Governor in the 1990s & won 39% of the vote for lieutenant governor on a platform of abolishing the office. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
The smallest US post office is in the middle of the Florida Everglades, the Ochopee Post Office - it was originally a 7x8' shed for a tomato farm! floridarambler.com/evergl…
The first African American senator assumed office in 1897 was Blanche Bruce en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
John Krasinski had to shave his head for a film role and wore a wig for several episodes of "The Office." screenrant.com/the-office…
Jack Nicholson's first job in Hollywood was an office worker for animators William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. They offered him an entry-level job as an animator, but he declined, citing his desire to become an actor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
A person with a one-hour commute has to earn 40 per cent more money to be as satisfied with life as someone who walks to the office. econstor.eu/bitstream/104…
Regis Philbin broadcasted from Prince Edward Island in July 2010 but disliked local mussels and oysters because they were salty and squirmy. P.E.I.'s tourism office hoped "Live! With Regis & Kelly" would bring attention and tourism to the island, at a cost of $1 million to taxpayers ctvnews.ca/regis-and-kell…
The last US President who was fluent in a language other than English is Franklin D. Roosevelt, who spoke good French and German. Roosevelt died in office in 1945 mashable.com/2015/02/02/u…
Creed from the show The Office is actually named Creed in real life and was a member of the 60's rock band The Grass Roots. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cre…
To pep up the look of a bland 70s Chicago office building, a design firm in 2013 added a 400-foot-tall map of the city. The modernistic 35-storey map is all gray and black except for the representation of the host building (300 S Wacker Drive) --which is shown in red and lights up at night. atlasobscura.com/places/3…
The only president to be killed in action during battle is Paraguay's Francisco Solano Lopez (In office 1862-1870). Pres. Lopez personally led Paraguayan armies during the Paraguayan War (1862-70) vs. Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, wherein he was killed in the war's last battle en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Today I learned about Congressman Charlie Wilson's revenge. When he was 13, his neighbor, Charles Hazard poisoned his dog by mixing glass into its food. Years later, when Hazard was running for office, Wilson drove 96 people to the polls, telling them how Hazard had killed his dog. Hazard lost by sixteen votes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The Tennessee state constitution bans people who participated in duels from holding public office capitol.tn.gov/about/docs…
Today I learned of the Office of the Future in Dubai, the first commercial building in the world to be 3D printed dubaifuture.gov.ae/dubais…
In the 1988 box-office bomb "Mac and Me", the wheelchair-bound lead child character was played by a real wheelchair-bound actor with spina bifida. In real life, when people asked why he was in a wheelchair, the 12-year-old would reply, "Vietnam." latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Jon Hamm briefly taught the theater class at his old high school, and one of his students was Ellie Kemper who went on to star on The Office and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - also starring Jon Hamm youtube.com/watch?v=5WcV8…
The Torre Latino stands 188 m tall, contains offices, a history museum and was the tallest building in Mexico City from 1956 until 1972. The building earned an award by the American Institute of Steel Construction for being the tallest building ever exposed to an enormous seismic force cdmxtravel.com/en/attract…
Despite making $475 million at the box office, Return of the Jedi still has yet to make a profit thanks to Hollywood accounting practices. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hol…
The Republic of Vanuatu (on a small Pacific island) has an underwater post office, and a post box on the rim of an active volcano vanuatupost.vu/index.php/…
Today I learned about Herb Abrams, the UWF wrestling promoter who died from a heart attack after being arrested by police for being covered in cocaine and baby oil, while chasing two hookers in his office with a baseball bat, all while being completely naked. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
The hospital in scrubs was the hospital used in the office. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Until 2012 the U.S. state of North Dakota wasn't technically a state due to an error in their state constitution which lacked the required oath of office to qualify for statehood. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Stamps are considered a financial liability until they are used, so buying stamps does not provide the United States Post Office with more revenue. Only after the stamps are used can they be credited for revenue. uspsoig.gov/blog/forever-…
Due to his acting roles in many Marvel movies, the late Stan Lee is the highest-grossing actor of all time. With a total box office gross as an actor at $30,617,384,366. The second highest grossing actor is also a Marvel movie star, Samuel L. Jackson of Nick Fury fame. the-numbers.com/box-offic…
The repeal of Prohibition helped the Democrats and FDR win the election. Not only that, the Democrats (known as the "wet party") made enormous gains in both houses of Congress, which passed the 21st Amendment to repeal Prohibition even before FDR officially took office. history.com/news/great-de…
McDonald's had tie in Batman Returns Happy Meals that received complaints from parents who felt the film should not be promoted to kids. Complaints and a lower box office return led to Warner Brothers dropping Tim Burton and hiring Joel Schumacher for the less adult orientated sequels. vocal.media/geeks/a-not-s…
The only woman to ever give the Oath of Office to a US president is federal judge Sarah Hughes, who swore in LBJ the day JFK was shot. Hughes was a Kennedy appointee en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sar…
Any former President of the US not removed from office will have a lifetime of perks including pensions and Secret Service protection. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
The epic historical film, Quo Vadis (1951), grossed $21 million at the box office in 1951, which is $210,000,000 today. It used 32,000 costumes and over 30,000 extras appeared. Its success is credited with saving "MGM" from bankruptcy. It was filmed at Benito Mussolini's film studio in Rome. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quo…
Mary Kay Letourneau's father was Richard Nixon's congressman from 1970-1973. Despite both being Republicans Nixon was too liberal for him so they didn't get along. Nixon personally recruited the candidate who knocked him out of office in 1972. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Robert Downey, Jr. started using drugs at age 6 when his father gave him pot. By age 8, he admits he was a drug addict. B/n 1995-2001, he cycled through arrests, rehab & prison. Sober since 2001, he became the highest-paid actor 2013-2015 and the 2nd highest-grossing box office star of all time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
David Denman, Roy from the Office, went to Juilliard, one of the most prestigious acting schools in the world en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Today I learned of the Beijing Weather Modification Office, used by the government to control the weather on demand. Examples include creating real snowfall for New Years Day and moving clouds away from the Olympic Stadium to prevent rain by firing chemicals into the sky. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bei…
The Office was supposed to have a spin-off entitled The Farm based around Dwight, but it was turned down by studio execs. vulture.com/amp/2013/03/t…
A woman was elected to Congress before women’s suffrage. American women were given the right to vote in 1920, but Jeanette Rankin became the first woman in the U.S. federal office in 1916. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
In his early phases of Alzheimer's in 1995, 84 year old Ronald Reagan still received visitors at his office and worked out daily with his personal trainer. Routine is important to Alzheimer’s patients, and on good days Reagan's routine was the the same as it had been since leaving office people.com/archive/cover-…
It is illegal in the US to trade futures contracts on onions and "motion picture box office receipts" due to the Onion Futures Act en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oni…
Upon learning that Jackie Chan was in a relationship in real life, one Japanese fan ended her life, and another poisoned herself in the offices of Golden Harvest, a Hong Kong film company. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
17th century Londoners had a phrase for people who gained office and failed to use their new income to treat their friends: Bread and Cheese Constables youtube.com/watch?v=pgqsh…
The Draft Eisenhower movement was the only successful political draft of the 20th century to take a private citizen to the Oval Office. It was a widespread American grassroots political movement that eventually persuaded Dwight D. Eisenhower to run for President. enacademic.com/dic.nsf/en…
Today I learned about Lurleen Wallace, the first female governor of Alabama. Elected in 1967, and died 18 months later in office from cancer. Diagnosed in 1961 the doctor (as custom back then) told her husband, segregationist Gov. George Wallace, who then kept the information secret from her until 1965. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lur…
, the video game industry, is taking over the entertainment world. The global games market is estimated to generate $152.1 billion from 2.5 billion gamers. By comparison, the worldwide box office industry was worth $41.7 billion, while global music revenues reached $19.1 billion in 2018. ejinsight.com/eji/article…
Today I learned of George Peter Metesky, better known as the "Mad Bomber," who terrorized New York City for 16 years in the 1940s and 1950s with explosives that he planted in theaters, terminals, libraries and offices. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
The youngest state governor in American history was Michigan's first governor, Stevens T. Mason, who took office at 24-years-old. In one of his first acts of legislation, Mason ceded land to Ohio in exchange for parts of the Upper Peninsula. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
From 1913 until it was outlawed in 1920, some parents would send their babies to travel destinations through the US Post Office because it was less expensive then traveling together. onthisday.com/photos/no-b…
For decades, cartographers have made secret illustrations on Switzerland’s official topographical maps such as a spider, a naked woman, and a marmot, eluding the Swiss Federal Office of Topography for years before removal. The naked woman reclined for nearly 60 yrs in the municipality of Egg. eyeondesign.aiga.org/for-…
American president Zachary Taylor (in office 1849-50) fell ill and died after consuming copious amounts of raw fruit and iced milk, while attending 4th of July celebrations during a fund-raising event at the Washington Monument then under construction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zac…
Former Former President Benjamin Harrison’s daughter, Mary Harrison McKee, served as First Lady after Benjamin Harrison’s wife died while he was in office en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
In 1888 Kentucky State Treasurer James "Honest Dick" Tate disappeared with $250,000 in state funds after years of embezzling the state's treasury. He was never heard from or seen again. His theft is what spurred the state to impose strict terms limits on state office holders. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Under tribal law, fluency in Navajo is mandatory for candidates to the office of the President of the Navajo Nation en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nav…
Today I learned about the Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI, a small group that broke into an FBI field office and stole documents that revealed the FBI’s spying on and infiltration of left-wing organizations across the US. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cit…
Today I learned of a program where shelter cats are cared for by prison inmates. Cats who formerly were in cages can roam freely in a refurbished prison office where inmates are allowed to care for the cats and learn to craft toys, furniture and even knit hats for the cats. youtube.com/watch?v=mpxHz…
Most UAE residents leave their AC on at home while they go to office. Some would even say to leave it on while gone on summer holiday. gulfnews.com/uae/most-uae…
Today I learned about shrinkflation, the practice of stealthily reducing a product's size while maintaining its price so that consumers may unknowingly pay the same for less. According to the UK’s Office of National Statistics, 2,529 supermarket products decreased in size or weight between 2012 and 2017. bbc.com/capital/story/201…
In 1959 USS Barbero launched the first official Mail Rocket, it was Regulus Cruise missile that had its nuclear warhead replaced with two mail containers. The missile carried 3000 pieces of mail and the launch was assisted by the Post Office Department. engadget.com/amp/2019-02-…
When Andrew Johnson tried to fire his Secretary of War Stanton, Stanton refused to leave and locked himself in his office for weeks, refusing to let his successor in. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
The US patent office actually granted a patent on Indian Basmati rice to the prince of Liechtenstein (an alpine European microstate), in a case of "bio-piracy." The patent was eventually revoked after an international outcry. publiceye.ch/en/media-cor…
In 2013 a petition requesting that the United States Government build a Death Star reached 25,000 signatures, the threshold requiring the White House office to make a response. One part of the response was, "The Administration does not support blowing up planets." space.com/19246-death-sta…
TGI Fridays dropped the 'button flairs' from the waiting staffs' uniforms due to popularity of the movie Office Space in which Jennifer Aniston's character quits her job due to frustration with the flairs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Off…
Today I learned of Gavel, a K-9 Cadet who was fired from the Police Academy for being too friendly after months of training; he then got a new job as Vice-Regal Dog for the Office of the Governor in Queensland where he greets visitors, attends official functions, sits in on Governor's briefings telegraph.co.uk/pets/news…

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