Since 2014, Paul Rudd and Jeffrey Dean Morgan have been co-owners of Samuel's Sweet Shop, a candy store in the town of Rhinebeck, New York. They saved it from being closed after the previous owner, a friend of theirs, died suddenly. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
In Turkmenistan, colors themselves are considered state enemies. Only white cars are allowed in the capital. Cars that are not white are forbidden from the streets of Ashgabat, the non-white vehicles taken from the owners as hostages and forcibly painted white no matter what. unusualtraveler.com/visit…
The Swiss Constitution enshrines the right for every inhabitant to have a nuclear fallout shelter. If new houses and apartments are built without bunkers, the owners have to contribute a tax to their Canton to secure a place in a government-owned nuclear fallout shelter. swissinfo.ch/eng/always-b…
The Italian city of Naples is entering pet dogs' DNA into a city-wide registry. Samples from piles of poo left on the street will then be entered into the database and be used to identify the irresponsible owner behind the mess. The city will fine culprits around $685 smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
When YoungKio sold one of his beats to Lil Nas X, the price was just $30. However, the agreement stated that he had 50% of the publishing rights to the finished song - and in this case, he became half-owner of the smash hit "Old Town Road". abcnews.go.com/Entertainm…
A dog saved his owner from choking to death on an apple slice by jumping on her chest until it was dislodged. He also licked her face to keep her from passing out. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/ameri…
A man in Utah was cleaning out the attic of his house when he found $45,000 in wrapped bills and coins. Instead of keeping the money, he returned it to the previous owner’s family. abcnews.go.com/Business/u…
Nick Kroll’s father is the billionaire owner of a private security firm. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt started a production company while they were married, and Pitt is the current owner and CEO. The company has produced over 30 movies, including The Departed, 12 Years a Slave, Moonlight, The Big Short, MoneyBall, Vice, Selma, Okja, Eat Pray Love, Troy, and The King en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
Today I learned of the Chancel Repair Liability, where some property owners in England and Wales are liable to pay for any repairs to their local church. The law dates back to medieval times and was upheld in court in 2003 where a homeowner was presented with a Β£100,000 bill for repairs to a local church. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The first Roman fire brigade was created by Marcus Crassus. 500 men strong. Arriving at the scene, the fire fighters did nothing while Crassus offered to buy the burning building from the owner at a low price. If the owner agreed to sell, they put the fire out. Otherwise they let it burn down. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
In the famous flower shop scene in "The Room," Tommy Wiseau didn't immediately notice the dog on the counter. According to Greg Sistero in his book The Disaster Artist, Wiseau improvised the "hi doggy" line. Wiseau later asked the flower shop owner, who was playing herself, if the dog was real. sbs.com.au/movies/article…
Land Rover Dubai has an edible owner's manual for customers if they get lost in the Arabian Desert. businessinsider.com/if-yo…
The first large-scale dog food company, Spratt's, used snob appeal to get consumers to switch from feeding their dogs table scraps to their food. Their aggressive advertising and targeting of health-conscious pet owners helped convince people to buy a product they didn't actually need. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spr…
The user agreement of a popular Japanese robot includes: the owner must not perform any sexual act on the robot, and the robot may not be used to harm humans or to send out spam emails. The company has also said that tampering with the robot to give it a sexier voice would be frowned upon theguardian.com/world/201…
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…
Paul Castellano, the future head of the Gambino crime family, allegedly ordered the 1975 murder of Vito Borelli, the boyfriend of his daughter Constance, because he compared him to Frank Perdue, the owner and spokesperson for Perdue Farms, and felt insulted en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
Today I learned of Marcario Garcia, a Mexican national in the US Army who received the Medal of Honor in World War II. A month later a restaurant owner in Texas denied him service, beat him with a bat, and eventually filed charges against Marcario. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
A guide dog named Roselle led a group of people including her blind owner down 78 flights of stairs before the North Tower collapsed on 9/11. She only stopped to give kisses to a woman who was having a panic attack. money.cnn.com/galleries/2…
, in 1978, Richard Branson was trying to impress his girlfriend by pretending to buy a private island in the BVI. It was listed for $6M, he offered $100k as a joke. The owner settled for $180k, and Branson bought Necker Island. He would marry the same girl there 11 years later. virgin.com/richard-branso…
A dog’s behaviour changes when it senses the pregancy of it’s owner (or family member), some dogs become more protective while other dogs become more rebelious, chewing on items or peeing inside the home healthline.com/health/pre…
The Bose Corporation’s majority owner is MIT. In 2011, the company’s founder, Amar Bose donated the majority of his shares to the university which was his former employer and alma mater. An annual cash dividend is paid out to β€œadvance the research and education mission of MIT”. news.mit.edu/2011/bose-gi…
America's first and largest pet cemetery is in Hartsdale, New York. A veterinarian started it in 1896 when he let a pet owner bury their deceased dog on a hill in his apple orchard. Now 70,000 pets are buried there today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
US President Howard Taft was so large that the owner of a hotel in California had a special chair made to accommodate his 160kg body during a visit. roadsideamerica.com/tip/2…
According to the C-BARQ program run through the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School, the most aggressive breed of dog - showing heightened aggression towards dogs, strangers, and even their owners - is...the Daschund. pri.org/stories/2015-02-2…
In 2015 Tom Hanks started using his official Twitter feed as a lost and found (posting photos and locations of lost items such gloves, shoes, socks, etc.) This resulted in at least item being successfully returned to its owner-- a lost student ID card. radiotimes.com/news/2016-…
A dog's cortisol levels are impacted by their owner's cortisol levels and how neurotic they are theguardian.com/science/2…
The owner and only resident of this ghost town in Utah is a former Prague University engineering student who at 24 escaped the Iron Curtain in 1984 using his DIY glider powered with a 600cc Trabant engine, and landed undetected at Vienna International Airport. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luc…
The St. John's Water Dog is an extinct breed of dog that was bred for fishing in Newfoundland during the 16th century. Multiple laws raised taxes for owning dogs, so owners would kill female pups since they were taxed more. The last two dogs were photographed in the 1980s. easypetmd.com/doginfo/st-…
On September 30, 1983 the USFL teams the Chicago Blitz and Arizona Wranglers traded rosters because multi-millionaire Blitz owner Ted Diethrich did not want to fly to Chicago for games. The move substantially disrupted a significant number of players’ and employees’ and their family's lives. maxim.com/sports/10-thing…
George Steinbrenner was a part-owner of the Bulls and sold his shares during Jordan's rookie season. If he never sold his stake he'd have had the two hugest dynasties of the 90's occurring simultaneously. sportscasting.com/george-…
A cat in New Zealand tricked two different women into owning him. Neither knew they had the same cat until after he went to the vet for stitches. The cat got to keep both names as well as both owners through a shared custody agreement. mashable.com/2017/04/25/c…
Claw machines are rigged,and the owner can program them to drop a toy after it gets picked up, giving you the illusion of near-success. vox.com/2015/4/3/8339999/…
Today I learned of Travis who was a male common chimpanzee who, in February 2009, attacked and nearly killed a friend of his owner, blinding her while severing several body parts and severely lacerating her face. He was shot dead when he tried to attack a police officer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
The extravagant displays of enthusiasm during the pimped car reveal in Pimp My Ride were a result of the car owners having been coached to do that. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pim…
The owner of Steak'n Shake restaurants also owns Maxim magazine biglariholdings.com/subsi…
The popular Sriracha sauce in the US (in the green-capped bottle) tastes different because they have a different supplier of chile peppers. The owner sued the original supplier for $1 million claiming he overpaid. The farmer countersued and won $23.3 million and now makes his own sriracha. latimes.com/local/lanow/l…
Today I learned about Cecelia Chiang, the "Mother of Mandarin Chinese Cooking" in the US. A spy for the OSS during WWII, she came to America in 1960, and ended up guaranteeing a lease for friend for what became the Mandarin restaurant, they backed out and she became owner with zero restaurant experience. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cec…
Today I learned about Hans Huber, a paper mill owner who refused to destroy the member records of the Nazi Party, hiding them instead to hand them over to the US after the war pro.magnumphotos.com/C.as…
In 1962, when Washington Redskins owner George Preston Marshall refused to integrate his team, President Kennedy forced his hand by refusing to allow the team to play in their then-new stadium, which was on Federal land. Marshall relented and became the last NFL owner to integrate. npr.org/2011/09/04/140066…
A stray cat who survived on the streets of Italy is now one of the wealthiest cats in the world. Tommaso inherited $13 million in 2011 after his owner’s death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The Redcar lifeboat Zetland that was named after the local land owner Marquis of Zetland is the world's oldest lifeboat. It was launched in 1802, predating the RNLI by 22yrs. It is part of the National Historic Fleet and is also on the National Register of Historic Ships. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zet…
In 1161 the Bishop of Winchester was the largest brothel owner in the UK and his prostitutes were called the Winchester Geese. wikipedia.org/wiki/Libert…
Fantasy football team owners can purchase insurance that would cover league entry fees and research costs to a maximum of $1,000 in the event a key player has a season ending injury. riskandinsurance.com/real…
Parrots live for ages: the African Gray 40–60y, Amazon parrots 25–75y, and Cockatoos 20–60y. Lifespans in captivity are longer than in the wild, as owners are able to provide safety and a consistent, well-rounded diet. thesprucepets.com/how-lon…
In Pittsburgh in 1850, a 14-year-old girl escaped from her owner, a businessman from Arkansas, by simply walking out of the luxury hotel they were staying at. No records of her life after her escape exist. exhibit.library.pitt.edu/…
An African grey parrot named "Nigel," who spoke with a British accent, went missing from his California home. When he was returned 4 yrs later via his microchip to his British-American owner, Nigel was able to speak Spanish & sing bars from the theme of "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly." theguardian.com/lifeandst…
In 1857, a woman named Hannah Crafts escaped her owner by dressing up as a man and pretending to be white. She later wrote a book called The Bondwoman's Narrative, but didn't publish it. It was found years later in a New Jersey attic and was finally authenticated and published in 2002. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
A Spanish town mailed dog poop back to offenders. A team of volunteers looked for careless dog owners and struck up conversations to learn the dog's name, which made it possible to identify the owner via pet records and mail back the poop, labeled "Lost Property." Violations dropped by 70%. newsfeed.time.com/2013/06…
Japan is so successful at returning lost property that 130,000 mobile phones, or 83% of those reported missing, were returned to their owners in 2018. bbc.com/future/article/20…

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