Queen Elizabeth II was furious with the United States when it invaded Grenada. She believed that they should have asked her permission beforehand. psa.ac.uk/events/usa-cari…
Today I learned of Hawaii's "Forbidden Isle", an island bought by a Scottish woman for $10,000 in 1864. Access to the island or its 170 inhabitants requires special permission from the woman's great-great grandsons, who still own and control the island. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ni%…
In order to film on the island featured in 'Cast Away', the location manager Mary Morgan had to meet with the chieftains several times, perform ceremonial prayers, give and receive ceremonial gifts, and get permission from the chiefs and their 80 family members. youtube.com/watch?v=0lBAi…
With Vatican permission, Israel sent a team from their antiquities authority to search the Vatican for the lost menorah of the Holy Temple. While it was likely destroyed by the Romans, some believed the Vatican had it hidden in Vatican City. Israel's team searched but came back empty handed. heyalma.com/does-the-vati…
Ewan McGregor's character in Black Hawk Down is fictionally named because the real person was convicted of child molestation in 1999. The Pentagon gave permission to use actual Army Black Hawks in the movie if the producers agreed to change the name from John Stebbins to 'John Grimes'. crimemagazine.com/war-her…
The J. Dilla produced track "Raise It Up" sampled the song "Extra Dry" by Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk without permission. Instead of demanding payment for the sample, Daft Punk asked the group to remix one of their own tracks instead, resulting in Slum Village's remix of Aerodynamic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fan…
That, until 2015, the Royal Marriages Act 1772 stipulated that any descendent of King George II would require the Monarch's permission to marry (because they wanted to preserve the royal position of the dynasty) or else it would be null and void in the UK en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy…
Hugh Hefner wanted to save his virginity for his first wife, Mildred. A few days before their wedding, she slept with him and revealed that she cheated on him. Mildred gave him permission to sleep with other women due to this. independent.co.uk/life-st…
A filmmaker shot a soap opera web series called IKEA Heights entirely inside a Burbank, California IKEA without their permission. The creator of the show noticed that the well-lit sets and difficulty in getting the attention of employees made it an ideal location to film a show. gigaom.com/2009/09/04/ike…
In 1964 Andy Warhol directed a feature film where Batman battles Dracula, imaginatively titled β€œBatman Dracula”. The film was never released as Warhol failed to get permission to use the character from DC Comics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Unlike Santa's other reindeer, Rudolph is not in the public domain. The character was created for a U.S. department store in 1939. The original story remains under copyright, meaning the character can't be used without permission. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rud…
Black Sabbath’s live album β€œLive At Last” was released without the band’s knowledge or permission. After dismissing their manager Patrick Meehan in the 70s, in 1980, Meehan arranged the reissue of the Sabbath catalogue and the release of an album consisting of concert recordings from 1973. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liv…
Getty Images, a company infamous for sending threatening letters requesting payment when their photos are used without permission, was sued for more than $1 billion in damages when they mistakenly demanded a β€œsettlement payment” from a photographer for her own work. latimes.com/business/hilt…
The chanting from Enigma's song "Return to Innocence" is an Amis (Taiwan) folk song and was used without permission of the folk duo, Difang and Igay Duana, who originally performed it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dif…
There was an entire horror movie filmed inside the US Disney parks, without permission. Actors and crew dressed up as tourists and filmed over 2 weeks in each park. Disney chose to ignore the movie, most likely to avoid giving it further attention. It premiered at Sundance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esc…
Today I learned: Vampira creator and actress Nurmi Maila wanted black actress Lola Falana to replace her in the 80’s revival. She pulled out when actress Cassandra Peterson was cast without her permission. dreadcentral.com/news/315…
For BBC TV widescreen test transmissions in the late 90s the soundtrack was an Aphex Twin track with permission given by Richard James himself in a phone call with the engineers creating it who got Warp’s number from a phone book youtu.be/Ok06G7E07Ik
The originator of the popular saying, "It's easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission" was Grace Hopper, a United States navy Rear Admiral and pioneer of computer programming who popularized the idea of machine-independent programming languages, which led to the development of COBOL en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Gra…
In 2002, a Marvel comics writer based an alternate version of Nick Fury on Samuel L Jackson, using his image without permission. Jackson discovered this and nearly took legal action. Marvel offered to cast him as Fury if the character was ever in a movie. Jackson took the deal. time.com/5533325/nick-fur…
In 1990, Rick James sued MC Hammer for copyright when Hammer sampled his song β€œSuper Freak” in Hammer’s hit β€œCan’t Touch This” without permission. They agreed to settle out of court and Hammer credited James as a co-composer, James won his first and only Grammy from β€œCan’t Touch This”. vlaa.org/music-sampling-c…
Today I learned about the Denton House McDonald’s, a fast-food restaurant built in an 18th century farmhouse converted into a mansion. McDonald’s worked with conservationists to restore the house in exchange for permission to build a drive-thru. scoutingny.com/the-most-b…
In 2014, actor William Hurt and a film crew shot a scene on a railroad trestle. The production team lied about getting permission to film on the tracks, and a train came mid-scene, giving the cast and crew less than a minute to evacuate. One crew member died and many were injured. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid…
While the English name of the War of Jenkins' Ear (1739-1748) refers to a British merchant's ear cut off by Spanish sailors, the Spanish name for the war is "la guerra del Asiento" after its real cause: a lucrative contract giving British traders permission to sell slaves in Spanish America en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War…
There originally was a scene in Austin Powers where Austin attempted to prove he was cool in the '90s by drinking a Zima. However, once Zima's parent company, Coors, realized they were making fun of their beverage, they yanked permission. moviefone.com/2017/05/01/…
Ms. Pac-Man was actually built as a hack for Pac-Man by MIT dropouts, and only became "official" because after being sued by Atari for a previous hack, the developers decided to ask Midway's permission. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ms.…
Up until 1982, the British government still had the power to create laws in Canada, including making amendments to Canadian constitutional law. In fact, Canada could not technically make amendments to its own constitution without permission from the British government. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
Before Ian Fleming used "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" for his book about a magic car, the original phrase referred to the permission slip soldiers needed to leave the barracks to visit local brothels during WWI. scmp.com/magazines/post-m…
In the Breaking Bad episode β€œOzymandias”, the show's producers secured special permission from the Hollywood guilds to delay the credits (which would normally appear after the main title sequence) until 19 minutes into the episode, in order to preserve the impact of the beginning scene. uproxx.com/sepinwall/brea…
Today I learned about Marie Pantalon. A French woman in 1850 that decided to become a Gold Digger. She pretended to be a man to get to California, worked like any man, wielded a gun to defend her claims, and dressed in pants, unthinkable at the time, eventually obtained official permission to wear the pants. revealingthepast.com/2019…
Crispin Glover sued the producers of Back To The Future 2 on grounds they used his likeness without permission and not having paid for reuse of footage from the original film. This led to clauses which state producers are not allowed to reproduce the likeness of other actors. wikipedia.org/wiki/Crispi…
When Michael Jackson granted Weird Al Yankovic permission to do "Fat" (a parody of "Bad"), Jackson allowed him to use the same set built for his own "Badder" video from the Moonwalker film. Yankovic said that Jackson's support helped to gain approval from other artists he wanted to parody. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%22…
The flight from Moscow to Anadyr is the longest scheduled domestic flight within a country - 9 hours 45 minutes. In order to enter the Chukotka region, travellers will be required to have a special permission entry form and it takes about 60 working days to process all the necessary paperwork russiantravelcentre.com/r…
In 1517, a Swedish Bishop was forced to seal a document under duress and imprison an Archbishop. He added a note that he’d been coerced into giving his permission. Years later, it saved his life when the Archbishop took his revenge and had 82 people beheaded. medieval.eu/hans-brask-bi…
A German filmmaker once asked Carthusian monks for permission to film a documentary of their lives. They responded affirmatively 16 years later and the film took 5 more years to complete. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
Einstein reportedly didn't want his brain studied post-mortem; nonetheless, the autopsy doctor took the brain without family permission. It took around 20 years for the public to learn just how much of the "specimen" remained with that doctor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
17-year-old Kenny Loggins wasn't going to be able to record his song "House at Pooh Corner" because Disney was enforcing their copyright to Winnie the Pooh. Upset, he mentioned this to his girlfriend, only to find out her dad was the president of Disney– he soon got permission. cmt.com/news/1713259/offs…
Anti-communist South Vietnam used a song written by a communist as their national anthem without his permission en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ti%…
The original British "Peelers" (police) had to be at least 5'7, 20-27 years old, and wear their uniform even when off-duty. They couldn't vote, and needed permission to marry or even eat with a civilian. historic-uk.com/HistoryUK…
The β€œpurple paint law” became official in Texas on September 1, 1997. It’s a warning signified by painting fence posts purple that trespassers can be held criminally liable for entering the property without the express permission of the owner. uslawshield.com/purple-pa…
In 2005 Sony BGM released copy protection measures on 22 millions CDs that was classified as 'spyware' and installed itself on user's computers without permission causing a wide range of security and provacy concerns fsfe.org/activities/drm/s…
Simon & Garfunkel's first album was so unsuccessful on the charts that the duo split. Their producer took one of the songs from the album, overdubbed/remixed it without their knowledge or permission, and "The Sounds of Silence" became a hit. The duo made four more albums. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In 1973, a Marine pilot took a base helicopter and three crew members without permission to assist New Orleans police officers in fighting a mass shooter atop a downtown building. His actions saved countless lives, and he retired as a Lt General in 1990. nola.com/news/crime_polic…
In the UK, it is an offence to drive cows down a roadway without the permission of the Commissioner of the Police lawcom.gov.uk/app/uploads…
When The Rolling Stones used photos of numerous celebrities for the cover of the album Some Girls, they did it without asking for permission and faced threats of legal action. In response they removed nearly all the celebrity photos in a reissue - the only remaining one was George Harrison. pure-music.co.uk/some-gir…
Hugh Hefner published nude pictures of Marilyn Monroe without her permission in the first edition of Playboy magazine. He later purchased the crypt besides her's even though they had never met in life. marieclaire.co.uk/news/ce…
In 1914 Capt Campbell, a British POW held in Germany, asked permission from Kaiser Wilhelm II to visit his dying mother in England. The Kaiser agreed, on the condition that Campbell return to the camp, which he did - and remained there until the war ended in 1918. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-2395760…
Today I learned of a kamikaze pilot whose wife killed herself and their two young daughters so that he could get his government's permission to give his life for Japan warhistoryonline.com/worl…
In 1938 early aviator Douglas Corrigan was denied permission to fly from New York to Ierland. Since he was denied he planned to fly to California instead. 28 hours later he arrived in Ireland, telling officials that he must have mistakenly gone the wrong way. nationalgeographic.org/th…
Bounty hunting is legal in most parts of the United States and in some states bounty hunters can even enter private property to arrest without a warrant or permission. They also have caught "about 90% of people who jump bail". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bou…
Pastafarian Niko Alm won the right to do his driving license photo wearing a pasta strainer on his head, after 3 years pursuing permission. He got the idea after reading that Austrian regulations allow headgear in official photos only when it is worn for religious reasons. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fly…

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