With every purchase of a bottle of Laphroaig whisky, you are entitled to a lifetime lease on a 1 square foot (0.09 square meters) plot of land on the Scottish island of Islay; it is a part of Laphroaig’s loyalty program β€œFriends of Laphroaig" laphroaig.com/en/
Today I learned of the Pazzi conspiracy, an attempt by the Pazzi family to assassinate Lorenzo de Medici and his brother Giuliano and displace the Medici family as the rulers of renaissance era Florence. Lorenzo survived the plot and the way he dealt with it led to greater public support for the Medici regime. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paz…
Today I learned of the Oster conspiracy where members of the Abwehr wanted to use a negative response from Britain in the Sudeten Crisis to arrest Hitler on the grounds of of endangering the safety of Germany and its people. Despite being made aware of the plot, Britain sided with Hitler. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ost…
The 1992 film "American Me" enraged Mexican gangsters to the extent that numerous people involved with the film were murdered. Danny Trejo claimed 10. Edward Olmos, the director of the film, was also the victim of an extortion plot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
The original proposal for the plot of the movie Anchorman was about news anchors trying to escape a mountaintop plane crash, while being stalked and killed by orangutans wielding ninja stars. esquire.com/entertainment…
The original version of The Emporer's New Groove was titled "Kingdom of the Sun" before it was massively overhauled into the classic we know today. There is a full plot synopsis and original music made for the film available online. laughingplace.com/w/artic…
The Russo brothers only allowed Robert Downey Jr. to read the entire 'Avengers: Endgame' script. This was done to help make it easier to contain spoilers and leaks of plot points by having fewer eyes on the full script. movieweb.com/amp/avengers…
The plot of the 2019 film "Joker" was inspired by the real life 1984 NYC Subway shooting. The depiction of the Joker is partially based on Bernard Goetz, who shot and wounded 4-teenagers after being allegedly harassed for money. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198…
A sufferer of Truman Show delusion (a condition in which a person believes their live is a staged reality show) traveled all the way to New York City to check whether the World Trade Center had fallen, believing the 9/11 attacks to be an elaborate plot twist in his personal storyline. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
There is a highway in Indiana which has a single grave plot in the center of it. findagrave.com/memorial/7…
In movie making a MacGuffin is an object, device, or event that is necessary to the plot and the motivation of the characters but insignificant, unimportant, or irrelevant in itself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac…
Today I learned of the 1835 assasination plot on the French king. The corsican Giuseppe Fieschi had bulit a "Machine infernale" that unleashed a simultaneous volley of 25 guns strapped on a wooden frame. Once fired it killed 18 and wounded 22, but it also exploded severly injuring Fieschi. The king survived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
Today I learned of Null Island, a fictional 1m square plot of land located at zero longitude zero latitude to assist in flagging geo coding errors geographyrealm.com/zero-d…
There was an unmade Seinfeld episode called The Bet. Its plot was Elaine buying a gun for protection but the cast and director hated it saying "guns aren't funny". It was the ninth episode put into production before being abandoned. screencrush.com/seinfeld-…
Today I learned of the Doctor's Plot, an antisemitic campaign in the Soviet Union organized by Joseph Stalin in 1951–1953. Many view that the Doctor's Plot was going to culminate in mass deportations of Soviet Jewish people. The plot only failed due to the death of Stalin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doc…
LeAnn Rimes was 14 when she recorded "How Do I Live." The song was originally slated to appear in the Con Air soundtrack, but after some deliberation, studio execs weren’t so sure about a 14-year-old singing the song, especially because of the film’s plot and how they used it. (More inside) classiccountrymusic.com/t…
, in order to popularize potatoes in France, a pharmacist by the name of Antoine-Augustin Parmentier acquired a large plot of land from the king and hired guards to watch over them with instructions to allow thieves to get away. The plan worked and the potatoes helped fight off famine. farmersalmanac.com/parmen…
A Japanese company wanted to build an office building on a plot of land it owned, while another company had permits to build a highway through the same plot. The companies compromised by building a 16-story office building and putting the highway on floors 5-7. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gat…
The movie "Airplane!" was not a parody of the flight disaster film "Zero Hour" because it went beyond the definition of parody. The creators, Zucker/Abrams/Zucker, took so much from the plot, dialogue, and even character names they ended up optioning the rights to the film. film.avclub.com/surely-yo…
The ancestors of Dr. Samuel Mudd, who harbored and set John Wilkes Booth’s broken leg after killing President Lincoln, still believe he was innocent and did not know it was Booth at his house that night, even though he was famous, Dr. Mudd had met him multiple times, and he knew of the plot. drmudd.org/
In Germany, burial plots are leased by the family of the deceased for 10-30 years. If the lease is not renewed, the deceased's remains (if applicable) are exhumed and either moved or buried deeper in the plot and the plot becomes available to be leased for another grave. germanpulse.com/2012/10/1…
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…
The German armed forces have the concept β€œinner guidance”, which obliges every citizen-soldier to think for themselves. Soldiers may disobey orders against their conscience and it officially traditionalizes the actions of the July-plot conspirators, like Claus von Stauffenberg. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
The US Department of Defense withdrew its financial and logistical support for the TV series The Lieutenant (1963–1964) after its creater Gene Roddenberry pressed ahead with a plot titled "To Set It Right" in which a white and a black man find a common cause in their roles as Marines en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
With every bottle of Laphroaig Whisky, you are entitled to a lifetime lease on a plot of land in Scotland (1ft squared) thewhiskeywash.com/whiske…
There's a 1967 film starring Sean Connery's brother Neil titled "O.K. Connery" (released as "Operation Kid Brother" in the US) about James Bond's brother being obliged to thwart a world domination plot, which also starred Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell and others from the early Bond films en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O.K…
Renowned children's Author, Roald Dahl, wrote the screenplay to the James Bond film, You Only Live Twice (1967) starring Sean Connery. Roald Dahl threw away most of original story line from the book by Ian Fleming, and created his own plot, because Dahl felt it was some Fleming worst work. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You…
The 2018 kids movie "Show Dogs" came under fire after parents and groups accused the film of normalizing child grooming. The producer pulled the movie from theaters, and re-released it without the offending scenes. However, this also created a plot hole in the re-edited version. huffpost.com/entry/surviv…
The US planned and/or attempted an absurd number of assassinations on Fidel Castro over the course of 40 years. Plots included exploding cigars, lacing his diving suit with a toxic fungus, and dousing his broadcasting studio with an LSD-like chemical to make him hallucinate during a speech. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ass…
There was a German plot to drain the Mediterranean businessinsider.com/germa…
In 1671 Colonel Thomas Blood tried to steal the crown jewels. The audacious plot was foiled but the colorful personality of Blood so amused King Charles, he awarded Blood an estate in Ireland. This inspired the quip: "Since loyalty does not man good, Let's steal the King, and outdo Blood!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Most of the plot of Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island was originally developed as an episode of SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sco…
Today I learned of the "Battle of London Airport" in 1948, where the officers of the "Flying Squad" learnt of a plot to steal bullion from the airport by drugging the guards. In response they replaced the guards and pretended to be drugged, then awoke leading to a violent fight with all criminals being caught airportstransfer.com/inde…
An al-Qaeda plot to blow up USS The Sullivans while she was refueling in Yemen was foiled after the boat carrying the explosives was overladen and sunk before reaching its target. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
After Warner Bros. execs suggested adding a third character to "Pinky And The Brain," writers responded to the unwanted input with the episode "Pinky & The Brain And...Larry" which featured a third, superfluous mouse named Larry that added nothing to the plot but repeatedly saying "I'm Larry" uproxx.com/tv/pinky-and-t…
The season 1 finale of The West Wing included a plot point where Space Shuttle Columbia was unable to land and they discussed a rescue with the shuttle Atlantis. Two years later Columbia broke up on reentry, killing all on board. NASA engineers had recommended using Atlantis for a rescue mission en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
Alfred Hitchcock made two movies with the title β€œThe Man Who Knew Too Much” (1934/1956) but with different plots. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A major plot device in Romeo and Juliet involves a character being unable to deliver a letter due to being stuck in quarantine slate.com/culture/2020/03…
Rommel’s stance as an anti-Nazi and supporter of the July 20 plot to kill Hitler is largely exaggerated. He remained loyal, and his desire to negotiate a surrender was driven by the knowledge that the successful Allied landings in Normandy would lead to catastrophe for Germany. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom…
By the late 1970s the plot of land that hosted the New Amsterdam city hall, and then New York's first city hall, was used as a parking lot. goldmansachs.com/our-firm…
For the film Speed, Joss Whedon was brought in a week before shooting began, wrote "98.9% of the dialogue", added major plot points, and is credited with creating the "Pop quiz, hotshot" line. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spe…
In Singin' in the Rain (1952), though much of the plot revolves around Debbie Reynolds' character dubbing for Jean Hagan's character, in reality Reynolds' voice was itself dubbed over in several placesβ€”twice by Betty Noyes, and once by Hagan herself. radiotimes.com/news/2016-…
Encrochat was a encrypted messaging network, that run on custom phones, used by criminals to plan drug deals, murders and extortion plots. Each phone costed €1000, plus €1500 for a contract of six months, and had a β€œpanic button” that would erase all data. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enc…
When Apple was building a massive data center in rural North Carolina, a couple who had lived there for 34 years refused to sell their house and plot of land worth $181,700. After making countless offers, Apple eventually paid them $1.7 million to leave. macrumors.com/2010/10/05/…
The origin of the word β€œguy” comes from Guy Fawkes of gunpowder plot fame smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
"The War of the Worlds" plot arose from H.G. Wells wondering "if Martians did to Britain what the British had done to the [indigenous] Tasmanians?", which most modern scholars characterize as a genocide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
At the UK State Opening of Parliament, Yeomen of the Guards (Queen's Bodyguards) still check underneath the House of Lords for traces of Gunpowder. It is a tradition that dates back to Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. Once they get the all clear they have a ceremonial glass of whiskey bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/articl…
The direction of the Dragon Ball series was dictated by author Akira Toriyama's editors who forced Toriyama to make changes to villains they deemed lame (Androids 17, 18, 19 & 20) and ugly (Cell's forms), to continue the series against Toriyama's wishes and more changes to the initial plot. kanzenshuu.com/translatio…
The producers of "Strange Bedfellows" sued Universal Studios, claiming that "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry" had over 100 common plot points to their film, released three years prior - only to discover that the first draft of the script was written before production started on Bedfellows smh.com.au/entertainment/…
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…

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