Paul Rudd has been playing the same prank on Conan O'Brien for nearly 20 years, in which Rudd will pretend to introduce a clip for the movie he's promoting on O'Brien's talk show, but the audience will instead be shown a scene from 1988's 'Mac and Me'. hollywoodreporter.com/new…
Guitarist Les Paul fragmented his elbow in a car accident. Doctors couldn’t rebuild it so Les told them to fuse it together in a 90 degree angle so he could keep playing. He then recorded his biggest hit. npr.org/2015/06/09/413178…
An Arizona man, Paul Menchaca, was charged with multiple counts of sex abuse and fraudulent schemes after he allegedly faked having Down syndrome and hired female caregivers to bathe him and change his diapers. Using an online service, Menchaca posed as his mother to lure alleged victims. q13fox.com/2018/09/14/man…
Billy Joel's signature song, "Piano Man" is based on Joel's real-life experiences as a lounge musician. John-the-bartender, Paul-the-real-estate-novelist, and the waitress are all real people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pia…
There is disagreement over whether John Lennon or Paul McCartney actually wrote The Beatles' 1965 song "In My Life." Mathematicians engaged in a detailed statistical analysis based on other Beatles' songs and presented findings that Lennon probably wrote it. npr.org/2018/08/11/637468…
Today I learned about Paul Graham's Hierarchy of Disagreement, a measure for the credibility of a rebuttal to an argument, explored in his 2008 essay (link to essay in comment) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fil…
Hitler was never president of Germany. He was appointed chancellor by the president (Paul von Hindenburg), and became the Fuhrer upon Hindenburg's death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
Hungarian mathematician Paul ErdΕ‘s worked on mathematics for up to 20 hours a day and at the end of his life had output a mathematical yield of roughly 1,500 papers, an order of magnitude higher than his most prolific and famous colleagues. Of these roughly 1,500 papers 507 were co-written. britannica.com/biography/…
Billionaire J. Paul Getty refused to pay kidnappers in 1973 when J. Paul Getty III was taken. He argued that his 13 other grandchildren could also become kidnap targets if he paid. The ransom was $17 million (equivalent to $98 million in 2019) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Paul Stanley of KISS starred in a 2000 Folgers ad that never actually aired because focus groups asked β€œWho is the old, creepy guy?” rollingstone.com/music/mu…
Nobel Prize winning physicist Paul Dirac used to speak so less that his colleagues jokingly created a unit of silence in his honour. One 'Dirac' was fewest words it was possible to utter while in company. physicsworld.com/a/the-po…
Nikola Tesla toyed with the idea of a β€œworld wireless system” in the early 1900s, and visionary thinkers like Paul Otlet and Vannevar Bush conceived of mechanized, searchable storage systems of books and media in the 1930s and 1940s. history.com/news/who-inve…
Paul Newman, Actor and Founder of Newman’s Own, also founded a summer camp called the Hole In The Wall Gang. It is a summer camp for seriously ill children of all ages, free of charge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hol…
The rock band Kiss used to sell a Kiss-themed casket called the "Kiss Kasket" and that Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul were both buried in one ultimateclassicrock.com/k…
When a ptition for the decrimnalization of all consensual relations between adults and minors below the age of fifteen was addressed to the French parliment in 1977, it was signed by such intellectuals as Michel Foucault, Jean-Paul Sartre, Roland Barthes and Simone de Beauvoir. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
That, in Irish parliament, after Paul Gogarty responded to Emmet Stagg with "Fuck you, Deputy Stagg! Fuck you!", the incident was brought to the DΓ‘il committee, where it was discovered that the word "fuck" wasn't actually in the list of unparliamentary language. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
Paul McCartney in 2002 threw his fiance' Heather Mills' diamond-and-sapphire engagement ring (Β£15,000 ($25,500) out of a hotel window during an argument. After calming down he asked security at the Turnberry Isle Resort and Club to search the grounds and it was eventually found. nypost.com/2002/06/03/ex-…
Today I learned of Paul ErdΕ‘s, a Hungarian mathematician who had a lifestyle of living out of a suitcase and traveling as a lecturer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
The Beatles song β€œShe’s leaving home” was inspired by the news story of Melanie Coe and the story of her running away from home. Unbeknownst to Paul McCartney, who wrote the song, he had actually met Coe 3 years prior, on a TV gameshow in which he was a judge. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
Martin Luther's son, Paul, was a survivor of the bubonic plague. After surviving, he dedicated his life to chemistry and medicine, developing the pharmaceuticals Unguentum ex nitro, Magistrum perlarum, Magistrum collorum, and Aurum potabile. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
Paul McCartney most famous for being a part of the Beatles is also credited with writing the most number ones songs of all-time in both the USA and UK. billboard.com/articles/bu…
Muhammad Ali was a guest referee at the first WrestleMania. The match was Hulk Hogan, and Mr. T against "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff. Midway through the match, all four men began brawling in the ring, and Muhammad Ali punched Piper in an attempt to restore order. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wre…
The most streamed Beatles song on music platforms is one performed by George Harrison (β€œHere Comes The Sun”)- not John Lennon or Paul McCartney - and that Harrison’s β€œAll Things Must Pass” is also the best-selling solo Beatles album en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All…
Paul McCartney wrote the Beatles song β€œGot To Get You Into My Life” about weed. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
Julian Lennon, John Lennon's first son, was the inspiration for the song 'Hey Jude'. Paul McCartney wrote the song (originally called 'Hey Jules) as a way to comfort Julian after his parents divorced. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jul…
The Starry Night depicts Vincent Van Gogh's view from the Saint Paul-de-Mausole asylum. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Dustin Hoffman suggested to Paul McCartney that he write wrote a song based upon the dying words of Pablo Picasso. The result was 'Drink to Me' chimesfreedom.com/2015/11…
In 1991 Paul Reubens (Pee Wee Herman) was arrested by undercover detectives in Sarisota Florida for indecent exposure at a porn theater. Pee Wee made an appearance at the 1991 MTV VMAs and received a standing ovation after asking the audience, "Heard any good jokes lately?" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pee…
A man named Paul Brown invented the upside-down squeeze bottle in 1991. He sold his product to everyone from shampoo companies to ketchup companies to NASA, and then four years later he sold his company for $13 million. thepatentprofessor.com/th…
Today I learned about Canadian serial killer Gilbert Paul Jordan aka The Boozing Barber who killed 8-10 aboriginal women by forcing them to drink lethal quantities of alcohol. One of his victims, Patricia Andrew, had a blood alcohol level at 0.79. Jordan also drank at least 50 oz of vodka each day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gil…
The lines "Hello darkness, my old friend, I've come to talk with you again," from "The Sounds of Silence" are about Paul Simon's singing in the bathroom with the lights off. ultimateclassicrock.com/s…
In 1969, after a dispute between Beatles members, Paul McCartney stayed behind in the studio and started jamming with Steve Miller, which led to the recording of the song 'My Dark Hour' and the accreditation of McCartney on the Steve Miller Band album 'Brave New World' as the alias Paul Ramon. the-paulmccartney-project…
Back in school, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen would throw Bill Gates in dumpsters so that Gates could go rummaging around in the rubbish looking for computer print-outs that would provide clues to early operating systems theguardian.com/technolog…
Paul McCartney played drums on the recording of 'The Ballad of John & Yoko' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A Soap Opera is the inspiration for the Harley Quinn character. Writer Paul Dini needed the Joker to have a sidekick and was friends with Arleen Sorkin. Dini remembered Sorkin had appeared as a jester in a dream sequence on Days of Our Lives and used the scene as an inspiration for Quinn. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Ex-England football star Paul Gascoigne tried to help save the fugitive murderer Raoul Moat by seeking him out in his dressing gown, with a fishing rod and a cooked chicken. independent.co.uk/news/pe…
Actor Paul Giamatti’s line in the movie Sideways upended the wine industry by crushing Merlot sales. -Wine without pretense – and the 2004 Merlot disaster hotstove.bangordailynews.…
Pope John Paul II is considered to have begun the chain of events which saw the collapse of Communism in Europe, thanks to his trip to Poland in 1979. pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontl…
Lennon and McCartney almost got in a fistfight over Ob-La-Di-Ob-La-Da, with John calling it Paul's "granny music sh*t". cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
Geoffrey Hughes (Onslow in 'Keeping up Appearances') was the voice of Paul McCartney in 'Yellow Submarine' bbc.co.uk/news/uk-1903292…
Gene Greytak was a real estate broker who moonlighted as an actor, but he only played and made personal appearances as Pope John Paul II. If you saw the Pope in a movie or on a sitcom before 2005, it was Gene. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
John Paul DeJoria, founder of Paul Mitchell Hair Products, also founded PatrΓ³n Tequila. fundable.com/learn/startu…
The Alfred, formally known as the Black Prince, became the first vessel to fly the Grand Union Flag; the precursor to the Stars and Stripes that we know today. The flag was hoisted on the Delaware River by John Paul Jones and this event was documented in letters to Congress en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
Radio commentator Paul Harvey’s father was murdered in Tulsa when Paul was a boy. tulsaworld.com/archive/on…
Paul and Linda McCartney used to take full-page advertisements showing John Lennon and Yoko Ono wearing clown costumes and wrapped up in a bag in order to mock them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How…
Actor Paul Marcarelli – the Verizon Wireless β€œCan you hear me now?” guy – told β€œThe Atlantic” magazine that the catchphrase plagues him so much that someone even said it to him at his grandmother’s funeral as her casket was being lowered into the cemetery plot. techland.time.com/2011/04…
Peter from the American folk group Peter, Paul, and Mary is a convicted sex offender. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
Orson Welles, out of work and in need of money in the late 70's resorted to appearing in and even directing tv ads for various products. In recent years a backstage video has resurfaced of a drunk Welles filming an ad for Paul Masson wines en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ors…
, when Paul Reuter developed his own news agency (Reuters News Agency) he used carrier pigeons to give Berlin news from the Paris stock exchange, as they were speedier than trains. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
In 2004 actor Paul Walker secretly purchased a $10,000 engagement ring for a U.S. military veteran. Paul was at a jewelry store & overheard a couple talking about a ring they loved but that was too expensive. Paul quietly put the ring on his tab and walked out of the door. nydailynews.com/entertain…
Before Paul Anka wrote the English lyrics of "My Way" for Frank Sinatra, David Bowie took a crack at it and penned these lyrics to the already-popular French song "Comme d'habitude" by Claude FranΓ§ois. The resulting demo, "Even A Fool Learns To Love" was rejected in favour of Anka's lyrics youtube.com/watch?v=qKd5d…
"The Wizard" by Paul Hardcastle, which became the theme music for Top Of The Pops in the 80s, was ostensibly about 1970s kids character Catweazle, an 11th century Wizard who time-travels to the present day. The track samples dialogue from the show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr have all made separate special guest voice appearances, as themselves, in episodes of The Simpsons. Of the "Fab Four", the only Beatle to never make an appearance is John Lennon, who was murdered in 1980, nine years before the show started. simpsonswiki.com/wiki/The…
The actor that plays Sosa in the iconic movie Scarface, Paul Shenar, died from complications from AIDS just a few years after the movie was released. wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_S…
Despite being an atheist, the famed mathematician Paul ErdΕ‘s often referred to a celestial book "The Book" that contains every one of God’s perfect mathematical proofs. Two mathematicians then collected these proofs and published them in 1998, with new proofs being added over the last 2 decades. quantamagazine.org/gunter…
Paul Tibbets -the pilot who dropped the Hiroshima bomb- requested not to have a grave, so antinuclear activists wouldn't protest on it. wsfa.com/story/7300956/am…
Paul Stanley of KISS was born with Microtia, a condition that leaves people with no ear(s); Paul has only his left ear and is deaf on his right side. earcommunity.org/microtia…
Paul McCartney stopped off at a local pub in Harrold, Bedfordshire, and performed "Hey Jude" on June 30 1968, before he'd even showed it to the other Beatles en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hey…
On The Beatles 1964 and 1965 tours of North America, the concerts would often end with Paul's wild vocal version of Little Richard's hit-song Long Tall Sally. Paul McCartney had played the song Long Tall Sally to impress John Lennon when the two met for the very first time capitol6000.com/covers3.h…
After Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated, his coffin was taken by train from New York to Washington DC and thousands gathered along the route to see it pass by. Paul Fusco photographed the crowds from the train. theatlantic.com/photo/201…
When Paul McCartney was recording the album Ram, he brought in some of the cooperating musicians under the guise of conducting a session to record a commercial jingle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ram…
Today I learned about marathon runner Paul Pilkington. In the 1994 LA Marathon, he was paid to set a pace early for other runners with the assumption that he'd eventually drop back during the race. Realizing he had a strong lead, Pilkington shocked everyone by winning. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
The Steve Miller Band hit "Jet Airliner" was not a Steve Miller Band original. The song was first recorded by Paul Pena in 1973. Due to record label disputes, Pena's version of this song was not available to the public until the year 2000 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jet…
Today I learned of Sybil Ludington. At 16, she rode twice as far as Paul Revere, 40 miles overnight, to warn of an impending British attack during the American Revolutionary War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syb…
In 2001 there was a You Don't Know Jack TV Show on ABC hosted by Paul Reubens. The show only lasted 6 episodes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You…
Paul McCartney managed to make an appearance on Pink Floyds' album Dark Side of the Moon. At the end of track β€œEclipse”, a passage from an orchestral version of the Beatles’ β€œTicket to Ride” can be heard; the song was playing in the background at the Abbey Road studio during this recording! rollingstone.com/music/mu…
John Paul Jones, the β€œFather of the American Navy”, a legendary admiral after whom warships were named, was born simply β€œJohn Paul”. He added β€œJones” when he joined the U.S. Navy because he was a criminal fugitive from England. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The huddle formation in American football was first used in the 1890s by quarterback Paul Hubbard,who was deaf. Hubbard was concerned the other team could interpret his hand signals, so he brought his teammates into a round formation to call plays. americacomesalive.com/201…
Jason Bateman’s father-in-law is Paul Anka fabiosa.com/ctentlfs-rsvl…
Paul Kruger, longtime statesman and president of the South African Republic, was a flat earther. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
During a police standoff with a suspected murderer in 2010, former England footballer Paul Gascoigne turned up with a "can of lager, some chicken, a mobile phone and something to keep warm" for the suspect. theguardian.com/uk/2010/j…
Two of the founding members of Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, were session musicians on the soundtrack of the 1964 James Bond movie "Goldfinger" rollingstone.com/music/mu…
A Hard Day's Night is the only Beatles album for which all the songs were written by John Lennon Paul McCartney--no covers, and no songs written by George Harrison or Ringo Starr en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_H…
Paul Newman, while attending a small college in central Ohio, began a laundry service out of his dorm room. Newman’s Laundry and Dry Cleaning Service was a success, earning the young entrepreneur the nickname β€œThe Laundry Man of T-Barracks” in 1949. kenyon.edu/middle-path/st…
There were two unrelated Exorcist prequels released by Warner Bros in the mid-2000's. Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist was directed by Paul Schrader and released in 2005, but WB re-tooled it into a more marketable film, Exorcist: The Beginning, in 2004. Both were critical and financial flops. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dom…
Father of US Navy Admiral John Paul Jones fouhgt his last naval battles in the area of present-day Ukraine en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
John Lennon tried to convince Paul McCartney to drill a hole in his skull as part of a practice called trepanning explaining β€œAll you’d have to do is just bore a little hole in your skull and it lets the pressure off. Paul replied β€˜ John, you try it and let me know how it goes.'” nme.com/news/music/paul-m…
Of John Paul Jones, an American soldier who sailed around Britain during the American Revolution causing chaos and attacking British towns. When finally confronted by the much stronger British Navy, and told to surrender, he replied "I have not yet begun to fight!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Today I learned about Paul Frampton, a brilliant English physicist that was convicted in Argentina for drug smuggling, after he had been scammed by a man pretending to be Czech model Denise Milani into transporting two kilos of cocaine to Belgium en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
The hit Paul Anka song My Way recorded by Frank Sinatra '69 and later Elvis Presley '73 was copied note for note from a French song Comme d'habitude(As Usual) by Claude FranΓ§ois '67 with the lyrics completely changed from the original love song. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_…
During the Middle Ages, small triangular-shaped stones β€” thought to be the tongues of snakes turned to stone by Saint Paul β€” were highly sought after as cures for poison and plagues. Centuries later, the β€œtongue stones” were identified as fossilized shark teeth. web.prm.ox.ac.uk/amulets/…
Yoko Ono allowed John Lennon to have an 18 month affair with a woman named May Pang. She encouraged him to see his son Julian more, and reconcile with Paul McCartney. He called this his "Lost Weekend". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May…
Paul Bettany was told by a movie producer that "his career was over" and he was "done in Hollywood". As he sat down in the sidewalk minutes later, Joss Whedon called him and asked if he wanted to be Vision in "Age of Ultron". youtube.com/watch?v=Vc9TD…
Radiological technologist Paul Bateson inspired William Friedkin to include a medical procedure in The Exorcist which Bateson performed in the film. Bateson, active in the gay leather scene, later committed a murder and was linked to a series of murders, inspiring Friedkin to make Cruising en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
In 1973 when 16-year-old John Paul Getty III was kidnapped, his billionaire oil tycoon grandfather agreed to pay no more than $2.2 millionβ€”the maximum amount that was tax deductibleβ€”and lent the remainder to his son, who was responsible for repaying the sum at four percent interest. wikipedia.org/wiki/John_P…
John Lennon was so fed up with people trying to over-analyze Beatles lyrics and trying to find a hidden meaning in them that he started purposefully putting in meaningless nonsense into songs like "the Walrus was Paul" just to confuse them en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gla…
In 1992, Singer SinΓ©ad O'Connor tore up a picture of Pope John Paul II during a performance on Saturday Night Live to protest the abuse of children within the Catholic Church. It was extremely controversial at the time and she was heavily criticised in the media. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
Seinfeld, Mad About You, and Friends all exist in the same universe. Kramer is subletting his apartment from Paul; Jamie appeared in an episode of Friends and mistook Phoebe for Ursula; Ursula works as a waitress in Mad About You eonline.com/news/565106/w…
Paul McCartney starred in pirates of the Caribbean: Salazars revenge as Sparrows uncle jack, who he briefly speaks to whilst on his way to be executed youtu.be/xQfxXZQgl90
When Paul Verhoeven first received the script for Robocop, he threw it away in disgust after glancing through it. His wife picked it up from the bin and read through it more thoroughly, and persuaded him that it had more substance than he initially thought. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Joe Perry sold his 1959 Gibson Les Paul during his 1982 divorce. Later he found the guitar was owned by Slash. Perry called Slash and bugged him for years, offering to pay more than the guitar's worth. Years later at Joe's 50th birthday party, Slash finally gave him the guitar as a gift. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe…
Luftwaffe pilot Paul Ratz was flying his fw190 fighter near St. Petersburg during ww2 and was shot down. His plane was found years later in a forest and has been restored to flying order since. warhistoryonline.com/whot…
In December 1967, President Lyndon B Johnson gave Pope Paul VI a bronze bust of himself. He’d had over 200 of them specially-made and kept them on the presidential plane. In return, Paul VI gave him a painting of a nativity scene. americamagazine.org/conte…
The piano played by Paul McCartney in "Hey Jude" is the same one Freddie Mercury used to record "Bohemian Rhapsody". nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/q…
Most of Paul Revere's Midnight Ride was fabricated. The operation was to be done discretely as possible and Revere most likely said "the regulars are coming" due to the colonists considering themselves British at the time. history.com/news/11-thing…
The December 19, 1987 episode of Saturday Night Live was hosted by the singer Paul Simon and US Senator Paul Simon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
Paul Tibbets, the pilot of the Enola Gay, the aircraft that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, named the aircraft after his mother, Enola Gay Tibbets. Also, when he was 12, Paul Tibbets dropped candy bars in parachutes over a racetrack to spectators from an airplane. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
Actor Paul Walker dated multiple 16 year old girls openly while he was in his 30s. jalopnik.com/when-are-we-…
The Beatles recorded multiple solos for the song Let It Be, the single version of the song is different to the album version solo wise and a third version was later released by Paul McCartney youtu.be/aCbsnnKlQHE
Paul Bettany proposed to Jennifer Connelly without even dating and she said yes. youtube.com/watch?v=WBBtB…

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