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…
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 first editions of Moby Dick omit the epilogue and move the extracts to an appendix. The plot holes created by this caused the book to flop on release. theatlantic.com/technolog…
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…
Today I learned of the "Buddhabrot set", a plot of points that are not in the fractal Mandelbrot set, that under certain plotting settings looks similar to a picture of a sitting Buddha. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bud…
In 2011 two Hollywood films opened just 5 months apart from each other that had the exact same runtime, exact same plot and same ending. β€œNo Strings Attached” with Ashton Kutcher/Natalie Portman and β€œFriends With Benefits” with Justin Timberlake/Mila Kunis. They both grossed 150 million dollars. slashfilm.com/friends-wit…
George Orwell's 1984 was heavily inspired in terms of themes and plot by Russian Yevgeny Zamyatin's 'We', an anti-utopian book which Orwell has stated had a great impact on him. The book was written 26 years before Orwell's 1984 but looks critical acclaim it deserves. youtu.be/w0Z9LVqKd4A
Brian Wells was murdered in PA in 2003 using a collar bomb in a plot involving a bank robbery, a homemade explosive collar, and a scavenger hunt to disarm it. He was surrounded by police and it was shown live on TV as "one of the most complicated and bizarre crimes in the annals of the FBI". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
James Parkinson, the man who Parkinson's disease was named for, was implicated in a plot to assassinate King George III en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
The original plot for the TV show Frasier had Kelsey Grammer playing a paralyzed media mogul cared for by a street-smart nurse in a Manhattan penthouse. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
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…
The Alabama State Capital building is located on the same plot of land as the "First White House of the Confederacy," inhabited by Jefferson Davis in 1861 when Montgomery, Alabama was the Confederacy's interim capital en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
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…
Ming Dynasty Drama is just a Chinese historical drama with a large number of plots that do not fit the facts of the Ming Dynasty. History majors cannot learn about Ming Dynasty history from this play. mdhist.com/plebeian/4017/
John Wilkes Booth's father was named Junius Brutus Booth, after the main conspirator in the plot to assassinate Julius Caesar en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jun…
John Wilkes Booth wasn't really a lone gunman - he had 8 coconspirators who were convicted. And their plot was to kill not just Lincoln, but also the Vice President and Secretary of State. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
In 1955, Quaker Oats gave away free land deeds as part of a cereal promotion. Participants could mail in their cereal box to redeem a plot of land sized 1 inch x 1 inch in a gold-rush region of Canada. wikipedia.org/wiki/Klondi…
Several months before Russell Crowe won the Oscar for Gladiator, the FBI warned him that the al-Qaeda were planning to kidnap him as part of a β€œcultural destabilization plot”. For nearly two years, the FBI guarded Crowe in public and refused to give him any details about the threat. vanityfair.com/hollywood/…
The plot of the film Zoolander was so close to the plot of the Brett Easton Ellis' novel Glamorama that the author was paid an out of court settlement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gla…
Today I learned of Hans Oster, a Nazi general and one of the highest ranking officers who despised Hitler and help save Jews from getting arrested. He was part of the plot to assassinate Hitler and was executed in April 1945, one month before the war was over en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
Today I learned about the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special - which only aired once - included a singing debut from Princess Leia, Chewie's wife Malla and family, Bea Arthur as a singing cantina bartender, and a loose plot with the crew trying to get home for Life Day starwars.fandom.com/wiki/…
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…
"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…
During the Pyrrhic War, a doctor offered to poison Pyrrhus, but the Romans told him about the plot, writing "the men with whom thou art at war are honorable and just, but that those whom thou trustest are unjust and base." Full letter in comments. penelope.uchicago.edu/Tha…
Berthold Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg, eldest brother of Claus, one of the primary architects of the July 20 plot to assassinate Hitler, was also executed for his own participation. He was strangled and revived multiple times, and the whole process was filmed for Hitler to view later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
The Rescuers was originally going to be about rescuing a poet imprisoned by a totalitarian government, staying in line with the original The Rescuers book plot. However, Walt Disney didn't like the political overtones of such a plot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
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 Christmas carol β€œGood King Wenceslaus” was based on the real life Duke of Bohemia Wenceslaus, who was noted for his kindness and piety. Wenceslaus was later assassinated in a plot by his brother, Boleslaus The Cruel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wen…
3 Hours into a Plot to Delay the Passage of the Civil Rights Act Through Filibuster (Continuous Speaking), Storm Thurmond Was Helped by a Bathroom Break via Fellow Senator Barry Goldwater. Asked How Much Longer He'd Go on for, He Responded "About Another Hour", He Spoke for the next 21. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
Today I learned of a phenomenon called Twin Films. Twin Films are films with the same, or very similar, plot produced or released at the same time by two different film studios. examples include, [Finding Nemo - Shark Tale], [Olympus has Fallen - White House down], [Churchill - Darkest Hour] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twi…
Today I learned of Ruth Coker Burks aka the "Cemetery Angel" who at the height of the AIDS crisis put up her own money to take care of and buy medicine for AIDS patients and buried over 40 people in her family's cemetery plot, most of whom were gay men whose families would not claim their ashes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rut…
Frank Sinatra had ties to the Mafia and was involved in a plot to assisnate Fidel Castro. He had a FBI file and even had mobsters apply pressure on a company to help get him out of a contract. history.com/.amp/news/fra…
The term "Cut to the chase" originated from the American film industry's silent movies of the 1920's. These were often laden with obligatory romantic plot-lines that young audiences would find boring, but ended with exciting car or boat chase scenes. phrases.org.uk/meanings/c…
Actor Kit Harington is a direct descendant of Robert Catesby, the mastermind behind the plot to blow up parliament. Kit also plays Catesby in the BBC drama Gunpowder, retelling the story behind the plot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
An American Congressman won a medal from the International Fine Arts Council for claiming that all modern art, such as cubism and abstractionism, were part of a Soviet plot to spread communism in America en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Today I learned about pizza farms, where all the ingredients needed for pizza are grown in wedge shaped plots. huffingtonpost.com.au/201…
The plot of the "classic" adult film The Devil in Miss Jones was inspired by French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre's 1944 play No Exit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The power puff girls had an episode called the Beat-Alls where almost every line and plot point are lyrics from the Beatles. powerpuffgirls.fandom.com…
A Japanese anime named Sazae-san is more than 50 years old and has been airing since 1969 with a total of 2536 episodes. It is one of the biggest ratings grabber on Japanese TV following simple plot lines like; today Sazae-san goes to the mall and gets lost. anidb.net/perl-bin/animed…
Today I learned of "the Truman Show Delusion" a term used in psychology to describe patients who believe they are part of a staged reality. Psychiatrist reported on one patient who had traveled to New York after 9/11 to ensure the event really happened and wasn't just a plot twist in his show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The writers of β€œParks and Recreation” had no idea Nick Offerman was a skilled saxophone player when they wrote the Duke Silver plot line. tv.com/news/a-conversatio…
Several months before Russell Crowe won the Oscar for Gladiator, the FBI warned him that the al-Qaeda were planning to kidnap him as part of a β€œcultural destabilization plot”. For nearly two years, the FBI guarded Crowe in public and refused to give him any details about the threat. vanityfair.com/hollywood/…
"Sunspring" is a short film that the plot, dialogues, scenario, everything was written by an AI and it only took a few seconds to do it. youtube.com/watch?v=LY7x2…
Today I learned about the β€œBeirut Grudge House”. The product of a dispute between two brothers over inherited land from their father, unable to agree on what to build. The brother with the plot closest to the road decided to build a house to block his brother’s sea view, and to decrease the value of his land. the961.com/arts-culture/t…
"you guys" has it's origins from remembering Guy Fawkes and his efforts during the gun Powder Plot (referenced in V for Vendetta). time.com/5688255/you-guys…
The sibling Roman Emperors Caracalla and Geta hated each other so much that they divided the imperial palace in two like some kind of contrived sitcom plot ancient.eu/Caracalla/
All of the Christmas themes in "Miracle on 34th Street" (1947) were hidden during its promotion because the head of 20th Century-Fox insisted it be released in May. The theatrical trailer went through great lengths to not mention anything about the plot, only using non-descriptive adjectives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mir…
Dragon Ball Z was inspired by Journey to the West (c. 1592), a classic Chinese novel. As an example, Son GokΕ« is Japanese for Sun Wukong (ε­«ζ‚Ÿη©Ί, the Monkey King), a main character of the classic novel. Correlations in the plot between the two works have also been evident. geekandsundry.com/this-mo…
Grace Slick, singer of Jefferson Airplane, conspired a plot to spike Richard Nixon’s drink with 600 micrograms of LSD at a White House tea party. She was denied entry, but not before her companion hung a huge black flag with a marijuana leaf on the WH gate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
Today I learned about "The Trouble with Tracy", the early 70s Canadian sitcom. NGT ordered 130 episodes for a single season. As a result, seven episodes had to be filmed each day, the entire series was shot on a living room set, and the writers had to resort to adapting 1940s radio dramas to come up with plots. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned of the "idiot plot". The term was popularized by film critic Roger Ebert, who defines it as "[a]ny plot containing problems that would be solved instantly if all of the characters were not idiots". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idi…
Today I learned about Erwin Rommel's funeral. When the famous general and war hero was implicated in an assassination plot against Hitler, the Nazis let him commit suicide, in return for his family's safety. Rommel agreed, but demanded an apolitical funeral. The Nazis festooned his coffin was swastikas anyway. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erw…
During the transition from silent to sound films, some movie studios shot foreign language versions of films that used the same sets, props, and plot as their English counterparts, but were shot with a different cast performing a translated script. brentonfilm.com/articles/…
In 2012 police foiled an active plot to kidnap, castrate, and murder Justin Bieber. theguardian.com/music/201…
Today I learned of the Idiot Plot, defined by Roger Ebert, where a story is only happening because all of the characters involved are being idiots (not sharing key info, jumping to assumptions, etc) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idi…
Jonathan Hensleigh, the writer of "Die Hard With a Vengeance," was interrogated by the FBI over his screenplay. The plot Hensleigh devised to rob the bank was so plausible, the FBI wanted to know where he got his information. amc.com/talk/2012/03/stor…
When Fidel Castro learned of a CIA plot to kill him involving his lover giving him poison pills, he gave her a gun and told her to kill him, but her nerves failed her. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ass…
In ancient greek's theatre God from the machine is a plot device whereby a seemingly unsolvable problem in a story is suddenly and abruptly resolved by an unexpected and seemingly unlikely occurrence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deu…
Today I learned of Chekhov's gun, which is like an Occam's razor for plot writing. It states that every element in a story must be necessary and that irrelevant elements should be removed. nownovel.com/blog/use-che…
Caskets are sometimes buried on top of each other. They are called companion plots and they dig the first one extra deep so they can put the second on top. everplans.com/articles/th…
When fluoride was first introduced to American water supplies in the 1940s and 50s it was criticized as a Communist plot to socialize medicine and deplete the brain power of American children. hydrationanywhere.com/wha…
When Alfred Hitchcock got the rights to the novel that originated 'Psycho' he bought all copies to keep the plot twists under wraps variety.com/2017/film/new…
Despite basing "O Brother, Where art Thou?" on The Odyssey, neither of the Coen Brothers had ever read Homer's epic and were only familiar with the plot via a comic book. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
Christopher Booker shows that basically all stories in fiction can be generalized into seven basic plot types. He worked on his book "the Seven Basic Plots" for 34 years before releasing it. telegraph.co.uk/culture/b…
Rupert Murdoch's wife was the target of a 1969 kidnap for ransom plot, which went awry because Murdoch was out of the country and had lent his company car to his underling Alick McKay. McKay's wife Muriel was kidnapped instead and murdered. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mur…
The plot of The Weight by The Band takes place in the real town of Nazareth, Pennsylvania, and the characters in it are based on real people members of The Band knew. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Due to tomb construction, a plot to steal him, artempts to hide him and a reconstruction, Lincoln's coffin was open 5 times and moved 17 times. Including 11 years in the basement of his tomb, 2 years disguised as a wood pile. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fun…
50 years ago an 18 year old Scottish anarchist was involved in a plot to kill General Franco with explosives. He was later arrested while wearing a kilt and described by the Spanish press as a "Scottish Transvestive" glasgowlive.co.uk/news/hi…
"A Charlie Brown Christmas" (1965) was rejected at first by CBS: they didn't like that amateur children were doing the voices, they didn't like the "anti-consumerism" theme of the plot -- and they didn't like the music. npr.org/templates/story/s…
Today I learned of the largest mass kidnapping in US history. A school bus driver and 26 children were abducted as part of a failed ransom plot in 1976. They were buried alive in the back of a moving van. The driver, with help from some of the older kids, managed to open a trapdoor and free everyone inside. cnn.com/2015/11/19/us/rew…
The current backlash against ADHD medication like Ritalin and Adderall was started as a plot by the Church of Scientology to discredit the field of psychology latimes.com/local/la-scie…
"The Saga Begins," Weird Al Yankovic's parody of the song "American Pie" where he lays out the plot of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, was written almost entirely based on internet spoilers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
When Apple was buying land in NC for their data center, a couple refused to let them buy their 1 acre plot of land. Apple continued to give offers and, after the couple rejected them all, they asked them to set their own price. Apple then ended up paying $1.7 million for one acre of land. appleinsider.com/articles…
Nasa’s Valkyrie robot could help build Mars base. A semi-autonomous robot designed to operate in hostile environments has been developed by Nasa. The robot is able to use human tools and can plot its own path safely across difficult terrain to a location picked by its operator. bbc.co.uk/news/video_and_…
Gina Han, whom police dubbed "the evil twin," was sentenced to 26 years to life in prison for hatching what prosecutors alleged was a plot to kill her identical twin sister Sunny. Sunny was tied and forced to sit in a bathtub. A 911 call brought police to the scene and they arrested Gina. content.time.com/time/spe…
Today I learned of Iron Mike, who was targeted by 5 men wanting to collect life insurance by staging his accidental death. Unaware of the plot, Mike unknowingly survived numerous attempts including ingesting rat poison, getting hit by a car, and sleeping outside in -14 Β°F (-26 Β°C) weather while soaked in water. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
The "Underwear Bomber"plot failed because the bomber, Umar Abdulmutallab, wore the same underwear for two weeks straight and as a result the bomb's fuse became "damp" telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
There is a mental delusion called The Truman Show delusion where those affected believe their lives are actually reality shows. A patient went to New York 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…
During WW2, the Nazis fell for a plot, masterminded by James Bond author Ian Fleming to pass off a dead tramp as an officer carrying secret documents, to convince the Germans to divert troops from Sicily ahead of the successful Allied invasion of the island. history.co.uk/article/ope…
In 1938 there was a plot to overthrow Hitler by high-ranking members of the Wehrmacht to prevent a ruinous war, but it had to be cancelled when the British government did nothing to prevent the invasion of Czechoslovakia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ost…
A town in Florida was named Frostproof as a marketing plot to claim that the town would never have a citrus frost. Less than two years after its founding a frost killed most of the citrus in town. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fro…
While in America the Anime "Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters" used the Trading Card Game as a main focus of the Show. Kazuki Takahashi, the creator of "Yu-Gi-Oh!" originally created the Card Game solely​ as a Plot Device. ​He just needed something for all the characters to have a connection with... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yu-…
When George R.R. Martin was young, he wrote stories about a mythical kingdom populated by his pet turtles. The turtles died frequently in their toy castle, so he finally decided they were killing each other off in "sinister plots". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
There is a small four acre plot of land inside Belgium, which belongs to Germany. It consists of a single inhabited house with a garden. wikipedia.org/wiki/Vennba…
Today I learned of 100 Years: The Movie You Will Never See, a secret film written by and starring John Malkovich. 100 Years is kept in a high-tech safe in bulletproof glass that will open automatically on 18 November 2115, the date of the films release. The plot remains a complete secret. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/100…
Today I learned about the 'Bojinka' plot. The plot planned to kill Pope John Paul II, detonate bombs in 11 airliners and fly an aircraft into the CIA Headquarters. The plot was thwarted just 9 days before it was to begin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boj…
Alexandre Dumas worked with a uncredited collaborator who was responsible for much of The Three Musketeers books, The Count of Monte Cristo, and other novels. Auguste Maquet did all the research, created the plot and characters, wrote the first draft, and then Dumas then rewrote the dialogue. telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
Hutton Gibson, father of critically acclaimed actor Mel Gibson, is a Jeopardy champion and Holocaust denier. He also believes in 9/11 conspiracy theories and rejects the Second Vatican Council because it is "a Masonic plot backed by the Jews". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hut…
Quaker Oats once ran a promotion in which each oatmeal box came with a coupon redeemable for a plot of land in Connecticut. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qua…
The Japanese had a negative view of antidepressant until a marketing plot renamed depression as "a cold of the soul". After, the sale of antidepressant increased 6 folds. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2…
In NYC there is a pizza sized plot of land sitting in the middle of a sidewalk. As a result of a surveying error, it was left as part of an estate. The heirs refused to donate the plot of land to NYC, instead putting a mosaic on the plot in 1922. The mosaic is still there, surrounded by sidewalk en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hes…
There was a Scrooge McDuck comic book which mimicked the plot of Inception... 8 years before the movie came out en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Famous SF author Philip K. Dick wrote a novel in which the Germans and Japanese won World War Two and jointly occupied the United States. He also contacted the FBI about a perceived plot, apparently having been asked to put certain code words in his novels meant as a message. lettersofnote.com/2010/07…
Details from the plot of 1996 Nicolas Cage thriller The Rock was used by an intelligence agent to fabricate evidence for false WMD intelligence and aided in the case for the invasion of Iraq in 2003. theguardian.com/film/2016…
Today I learned about Dennis Hope, who has made millions selling deeds for plots of land on the moon. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Today I learned of Operation Garden Plot. The US government's general plan to quell mass civil unrest using military forces. It was last activated following the '92 LA Riots. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Quaker Oatmeal packages in 1902 contained a coupon redeemable for an actual deed to a small plot of land in Milford, CT. ctpost.com/local/article/…
Benedict Arnold, an early American hero of the Revolutionary War, is one of the most infamous traitors in U.S. history. In 1779, he entered into secret negotiations with the British but his plot was discovered. His name has since become synonymous with the word β€œtraitor.” history.com/topics/americ…
Due to the circumstances under which Marvel Comics acquired him, Namor the Sub-Mariner is technically a public domain character. All stories featuring him and all other characters and plot elements appearing in them are, however, still under copyright herogoggles.com/copyright…

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