Mexico passed a law that requires food packages to display large black octagonal "warnings" if the product is high in sugar, sodium, calories, or unhealthy fats. mexiconewsdaily.com/news/…
30 years ago you had 15-17 minutes to escape a house fire. Nowadays you only have 3-5 minutes (due to more plastics & petroleum-based products in the house as well as more open floor plans, bigger rooms, & higher ceilings). buyersask.com/interior/al…
Two beer drinkers in California sued the Kona Brewing Co. in 2017 for deceptive marketing and branding, believing their products to be made exclusively in Hawaii. Kona does in fact make beer in 5 different states, including Hawaii, and labels their products accordingly. eater.com/2017/3/2/147890…
A man was forced to give up his Dunkin' Donuts shop after he refused to sell breakfast sandwiches with bacon, ham or sausage. Dunkin’ had accommodated his beliefs for years, until 2002 when the company told him he must sell all their products theguardian.com/world/200…
The Pogs game existed before Pogs. It was played with milk caps. The name, "Pogs" comes from a Hawaii-based juice company called Pog; though they're products don't use the milk caps used for the game. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
In 2004 a company attempted to use Jonny Cash's song Burning Ring of Fire in a commercial for a hemorrhoid relief product. The Cash family blocked this attempt as it would 'demean' the song foxnews.com/story/cash-fa…
Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes, refused to license his characters for toys or other products. He made an exception for a 1993 textbook, Teaching with Calvin and Hobbes, which is now so rare that only 7 libraries in the world have copies. A copy sold for $10,000 in 2009. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea…
A BBC analysis of 19 chocolate products between 2014 and 2018, revealed that 18 of them had shrunk in size. The worst hit by β€˜shrinkflation’ in the study was a four-pack of Snickers, which reduced by 28.1%, from 232g to 167g theboar.org/2018/11/how-s…
Based on the revenue total including revenue from movie tickets, home entertainment, video games, merchandise, and any other franchise-related products, Pokemon is the highest grossing media franchise of all time. Followed by Hello Kitty in second place and Winnie the Pooh third. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
In 1991, 60 Minutes suggested red wine was the answer to the "French Paradox" (France enjoys a low incidence of heart disease despite a diet high in saturated fats). Within a year, American consumption of wine increased 40% and some wine sellers began promoting their products as "health food". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
Today I learned of Chernobylite that, as name suggests, was discovered as a side-product of the Corium caused by the meltdown of Reactor 4. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Linseed oil soaked rags can spontaneously combust during the natural evaporation of the oil. Linseed oil (and tung oil), common products used to preserve wood in homes and restaurants, pose a fire hazard. youtu.be/9yq6VW-c2Ts
Jelly beans, marshmallows, and other gelatin products are prohibited by Muslims and Jews because they are usually made from pork. online.yfuusa.org/media/y…
The owner of a brand name can lost their legal protection for it if people started using it as the common or generic name for a type of product or service. This is what happened to Cellophane, Escalator, Flip Phone, Frisbee, Hovercraft, Kerosene, Sellotape, Trampoline, and Videotape. amentian.com/post/Br8Jb
Ben Feldman was one of the most successful salespeople in history. During his career, he sold a total of $1.8B in life insurance. With a world record for the most products sold in a single day - $20M! - his yearly commissions were equal to those of entire sales forces. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
There's a mall in Sweden called ReTuna, where everything for sale is recycled, reused, or sustainably produced. Shop owners, including Ikea, refurbish and resell old products for shoppers to purchase. huffpost.com/entry/recycl…
Fast food restaurants frequently use Columbus Ohio to test out new products because the demographics of the city closely resemble those of the country as a whole columbusmonthly.com/artic…
"Made in Germany" was used in the UK as a warning of allegedly inferior German products. Over time, they turned out to be of excellent quality, establishing the brand as a seal of quality. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad…
Bears at Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center in MT have jobs: try to open coolers/dumpsters/containers of treats. If bears can't make more than a tiny hole, the item is certified bear-proof. The GWDC is the only place where products can earn a certificate from the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee. outsideonline.com/2417218…
There was a product sold in the 80's and 90's called the "Electric Worm Getter". It was sold to fishermen for the collection of earthworms for bait. It sent an electric shock through the top layer of soil forcing the worms to surface. It had to be recalled in 1993 after 30 people died using it. cpsc.gov/Recalls/1993/ele…
Today I learned about Crypto AG, a Swiss company that produced encryption devices and sold them to 120 countries for 50 years. In 2020, their products were revealed to have contained backdoors that allowed them to be compromised by Crypto AG's real secret owners - BND and CIA. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cry…
Today I learned of the Utah teapot, a computer rendered 3D model created in 1975 at Uni. of Utah, based on a Melitta teapot, and since used as a standard reference object in computer graphics community. The teapot maker only learnt of the product's fame in 2017, whereupon they officially renamed it Utah Teapot en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uta…
Last year, Scotland became the first country in the world to make period products free. The bill was passed unanimously and requires schools, colleges and public buildings to ensure free access to products. npr.org/2020/11/25/938893…
The Hoover Company had a free flights promotion in the 90s: customers were offered free return tickets to the USA if they purchased at least $120 worth of products; it ended in disaster and the company is said to have cancelled the promotion and reneged on its offers, leading to litigation. thehustle.co/the-worst-sa…
Pall Mall cigarettes were the first product to be sold as king-sized. mashedradish.com/2017/10/…
Today I learned about the Antikamnia Chemical Company, an American pharmaceutical company that used skeletons to advertise their pain-relieving products, which contained toxic ingredients. The company existed from 1890 to 1930 and made huge profits by finding loopholes around the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Colonel Sanders (which is a the highest honorary title in the State of Kentucky) of KFC fame sold his company in 1964 for only $2 million dollars ($17 million today). He remained as brand ambassador but complained the company had cut costs and made an inferior product than the early days. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
"Moon Trees" exist. They are the product of around 500 different seed types that were flown up to the moon and back aboard the Apollo 14 mission, then planted at various locations in the US and abroad. nasa.gov/centers/marshall…
An early script for the film Gladiator included the gladiators endorsing products in the arena. While historically accurate, it was removed for being unbelievable to audiences. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gla…
There are β€œharbinger zip codes”, these contain people who tend to buy unpopular products that fail and tend to choose losing political candidates. Their home values also rise slower than surrounding zip codes. A yet to be explained phenomena where people are "out of sync" with the rest. kottke.org/19/12/the-harb…
The first-ever product recall of a food because of its genetically engineered ingredients was when Taco Bell brand taco shells were pulled from stores after tests confirmed the presence of an ingredient not approved for human consumption. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Louis Vuitton burns surplus bags and products at the end of each year. This maintains exclusivity of the brand and ensures that their products are never sold at a discounted rate. marketingmind.in/reason-l…
Pez is short for "Pfefferminz", the German word for peppermint, because the original product was a round peppermint. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pez
Today I learned about NIKE model: don’t own any factories, produce your products through an intricate web of contractors and subcontractors, and pour resources into design and marketing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nik…
Judit Polgar was the only female chess player to reach the top 50. She was the product of an educational experiment by her father, who wanted to prove that "geniuses are made, not born". As such, he decided to vigarously train his daughters for chess from a young age en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jud…
95 percent of Mongols are lactose intolerant yet eat a diet that consists heavily of dairy products sciencemag.org/news/2018/…
Coleco, the maker of the ColecoVision video game console was founded as the Connecticut Leather Company selling leather products to shoe repair shops. They went on to make above-ground pools before moving into video games. They also created the iconic Cabbage Patch Kid. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
In 1988 "This Note's For You", a song by Neil Young which criticized artists who did advertising campaigns for major brands, was banned by MTV due to "violation of product placement rules". After public outcry, it was reinstated and received Video of the Year 1989 award. classicsdujour.com/throwb…
The Windows 95 product key algorithm was entirely based on the key just being divisible by 7. youtu.be/cwyH59nACzQ
Today I learned about the Holy Foreskin, the by-product of the circumcision of Jesus. Venerated as a magical relic, 31 churches throughout Medieval Europe claimed to possess it. medievalists.net/2013/12/…
Edible Bird's Nests Are Among The Most Expensive Animal Products Consumed By Humans, With Some Nests Going for More Than $3,000 Per Pound en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edi…
Coca-Cola tried to market β€œOK” soda so they would have products named with the two most recognizable words in the world. While β€œOK” and β€œCoke” are still number one and two, β€œOK” soda never caught on and was discontinued shortly after launch. urbo.com/content/ok-soda-…
The Clorox Company, yes the one that makes cleaning products and bleach, owns Hidden Valley ranch dressing. thecloroxcompany.com/blog…
Composer DvoΕ™Γ‘k was inspired by African-American spirituals while in America and became convinced they were the future of American music. He told a student, "these beautiful and varied themes are the product of the soil. They are the folk songs of America and your composers must turn to them." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sym…
The documentary "POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold" was financed entirely by product placements en.wikipedia.org/wiki/POM…
99 percent of vanilla-flavored products on the market, from vanilla-flavored vodka to vanilla wafers and vanilla pudding, don’t actually contain vanilla, since it is the world's second most expensive spice. nationalgeographic.com/cu…
IKEA has complete ownership over their supply chain of products, even growing theor own wood (forest ownership), and uses approximately 1 percent of all lumber usage globally. lovemoney.com/gallerylist…
In May 2019, North Face Brazil's ad agency replaced WikiP photos of popular outdoor destinations with photos featuring people wearing North Face products. This was only discovered after they posted a video bragging about it. wikimediafoundation.org/n…
Today I learned of "Barcode Battler", a handheld game released in 1991. The β€œbarcode gaming system” came with a variety of cards containing barcodes; each representing a player, enemy or powerup. Players could also experiment to find barcode monsters from everyday products like food and cleaning supplies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Corn is used in not only the vast majority of food products, but also in other household products such as windex, envelopes, and batteries. Batteries contain corn because corn starch can conduct electricity. kscorn.com/wp-content/upl…

Please note that this site uses cookies to personalise content and adverts, to provide social media features, and to analyse web traffic. Click here for more information.