The inventor of Velcro took 20 years to take his idea from concept to production and even then the apparel industry wasn't sold on it. It wasn't until NASA came along asking about it for use in space that the fashion industry then went wild due to it now being space aged. velcro.com/blog/2016/11/a…
Native Americans used controlled fires to manage the land. These prescribed burns decreased the impact/frequency of damaging wildfires, boosted agricultural production, helped with hunting, and reduced tick populations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
In 1888, Richard Mansfield played Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in a stage production at a time when Jack the Ripper was murdering women. A theatre-goer wrote to the police accusing him of the murders because his stage transformation from a gentleman to mad killer was so convincing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
Killer bees or Africanized bees were created by humans cross breeding bees in the search for more efficient honey production en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afr…
Billions of wooden pallets are circulating through the world (2 billion in the United States alone). Some 80 percent of all U.S. commerce is carried on pallets. They’re so widespread they account for more than 46 percent of total U.S. hardwood lumber production. slate.com/business/2012/0…
Just 3 countries, the United States, Canada, and Chile, account for 98% of the world production of cranberries en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
Jonny Quest, which first aired from September 18, 1964, was an almost instant success, both critically and ratings-wise but it was canceled after one season due to the animated show's high production costs. hollywoodreporter.com/hea…
Since 1994, possession of 1 gram of cocaine has been legal for personal use in Colombia. Sale remains illegal, but personal production or gifts of cocaine are permitted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leg…
Production of alarm clocks in the US stopped in 1942, to direct resources towards the war effort. In 1944 production was restarted due to the number of workers arriving late because broken alarm clocks, and being unable to buy new ones. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ala…
In 1938 nazi Germany began an expedition to challenge Norwegian claims in Antarctica, primarily for control of whale oil; a hotly desired commodity for the production of margarine. The story has since developed into a conspiracy theory about secret nazi ice bases supported by alien technology youtube.com/watch?v=Rs0Za…
A permit was denied for the production crew of "The Sopranos" to film the episode "Pine Barrens" at South Mountain Reservation by Essex County, New Jersey Executive James Treffinger, due to the show depicting Italians as corrupt, Treffinger was later convicted and imprisoned for corruption en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
Laurence Fishburne was only 14 years old when he got the part to play in Apocalypse Now having lied about his age. Production took so long that he was 17 at release of the movie. youtu.be/mA6Lr70kxlk
Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt started a production company while they were married, and Pitt is the current owner and CEO. The company has produced over 30 movies, including The Departed, 12 Years a Slave, Moonlight, The Big Short, MoneyBall, Vice, Selma, Okja, Eat Pray Love, Troy, and The King en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
At the end of the last episode of Cheers(TV show), Sam walks over to a picture of Geronimo and straightens it. That picture was in Nicholas Colasanto's(Coach) dressing room until his death 8 years prior. It was placed on the wall of the bar of Cheers production set in his memory. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
On β€œWin Ben Stein's Money,” money won by contestants was paid by the producers. Money left over at the end of a season was given to Stein. If the total amount paid out exceeded that budget, the production company paid the excess so Stein was never in any danger of losing his own money. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…
American Samoa has a population of less than 60k but has the highest rate of military enlistment of any U.S. state or territory. The local Army recruitment station in Pago Pago ranked #1 in 2014 and 2015 in production out of the 885 Army recruiting stations at the time. pireport.org/articles/201…
Volkswagen was sued by the Czechoslovakian car maker Tatra before WWII because the KdF-Wagen (the original Beetle) was so similar to the Tatra 97. Porsche was willing to settle but Hitler said he would "would settle the matter." After Germany invaded Czechoslovakia, T97 production was stopped. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tat…
The rights to the film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory was bought from author Roald Dahl and financed by the Quaker Oats Company as a vehicle to introduce it’s new "Wonka Bars" but the candy didn’t arrive on shelves until years after the film's release due to factory production problems. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nes…
Magician Uri Geller sued over the Pokemon Kadabra, claiming unauthorized identity appropriation due to Kadabra's Japanese name being similar to Geller's and the Pokemon being a psychic type with bent spoons. He banned production of the pokemon on cards in 2002, which he lifted recently. wikipedia.org/wiki/Uri_Ge…
The production budget of the first season of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" was so low, the cast shot the opening credits sequence using a digital camera themselves while driving around Philadelphia one night. Charlie Day called it the "cheapest credits ever." indigoprod.com/nyc-video-…
A few months into the Flint Water Crisis, GM's truck assembly plant stopped using municipal tap water for production because it was corroding engine components en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fli…
The Los Angeles Unified School District collected $10 million over 5 years from production companies using its campuses for film shoots. A local NBC affiliate investigation studied the downsides of the scheme, including an adult film shoot on a high school campus. It was briefly suspended. nbclosangeles.com/news/la…
Over 150 bison live on an island off the coast of California. Originally 14 of them were transported to the island in 1924 for a silent film and were then left there by the production crew where they flourished. catalinaconservancy.org/i…
In Top Gun, Maverick goes into a flat spin which he cannot recover and crashes into the ocean, killing Goose. During production the stunt pilot hired to perform and film the scene went into the flat spin but couldn't recover, crashed into the ocean and died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top…
English actor David Bradley, famous for playing Argus Filch in the Harry Potter movies and Sir Walder Frey in Game of Thrones, is also an accomplished stage actor who won a Laurence Olivier Award for his role in a production of King Lear. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
For the first 6 years of the production of the Ford Model T (1908-1913), it was only available in green, blue, gray (only for the town cars), and red (only for the touring cars). "Any colour so long as it is black" only started in 1914, due to the low cost, durability, and faster drying time en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Towards the end of filming the first Harry Potter film, Daniel Radcliffe's voice broke. For the final filmed scenes, a "soundalike" child actor, Joe Sowerbutts, was recruited to overdub his lines in post-production. theguardian.com/film/2001…
During production the second transformers movie, the increased resolution of the characters for new IMAX footage nearly exhausted ILM's render farms: After one hard night of rendering computer-generated footage, some of the hardware actually exploded. syfy.com/syfywire/how-gia…
The chips (fries) British tourists eat in the Canary Islands are grown in the UK and exported there because Canary Islands' production can't cope with demand. potatopro.com/news/2015/r…
John Mayer's production team couldn't decide a budget for the music video of his song "New Light", so he went downtown and shot one with a company that makes birthday and bar mitzvah videos. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
Today I learned of the "Fleming myth" that although Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928 and published findings in 1929, penicillin was largely ignored by the medical community for over a decade until a group at Oxford successfully purified it in 1940 and enabled mass production in 1945 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
One of South Park co-creator Trey Parker's first productions was a sketch for his 6th grade school variety show called "The Dentist." There was so much fake blood involved that the sketch upset kindergarten students in the audience and Parker's parents were called. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
Almost all of Adam Sandler's Happy Madison Productions have negative critics' reviews. The lone outlier is 100% Fresh, which incidentally has a 90% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hap…
There is currently a worldwide shortage of aluminum cans. People are consuming more soft drinks and alcohol than ever before leaving many beverage companies to cut back on the production of their less popular flavors to spare the cans. mashed.com/227519/the-rea…
During WW2, the United States Air Force conducted strategic bombing on German ball bearing factories. This was believed to reduce the production of machine guns, tanks, planes, artillery, and submarines since they relied heavily on these parts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sec…
Voicing Homer Simpson was Dan Castellaneta's second role in any professional production. He has portrayed the character continuously for 33 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
When Clark Gable discovered the studio facilities for filming Gone With The Wind were segregated, he threatened to walk out of production until the segregation signs were taken down. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cla…
During the filming of 1917, the production staff had to install signs warning walkers in the area, not to be alarmed at the artificial bodies and body parts strewn around the site. (Near Low Force, on the River Tees, Teesdale, England in June 2019) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/191…
Scientists estimate that 50-80% of the oxygen production on Earth comes from the ocean. The majority of this production is from oceanic plankton β€” drifting plants, algae, and some bacteria. oceanservice.noaa.gov/fac…
When the original director of mega-flop The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996) was fired and replaced, he secretly returned to set disguised as a mutant dog and worked for the rest of production as an extra. vice.com/en_uk/article/mv…
AK-47 stands for Avtomat Kalashnikova 1947; Avtomat meaning Automatic when translated from Russian to English, Kalashnikova being the last name of Mikhail Kalashnikov: the inventor of the AK production line, and 1947 being the year it was made. britannica.com/technology…
Dwayne Johnson’s β€˜Seven Bucks Production’ Is Named After How Much Money He Had After Being Cut From The CFL In 1995 goals.com/from-seven-buck…
Higher testosterone means lower sperm production ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Colby Cheese production is nearly identical to Monterey Jack, the difference is that Colby is seasoned with annatto. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
The Peruvian anchovy fishery was the greatest one in the world, until the El NiΓ±o event of 1972 caused its collapse. Production didn't return to its pre-1972 yield until 1994. In 2008–2012, the annual catches varied between 4.2 and 8.3 million tonnes, more than for any other fish in the wild. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
The zipper brand, YKK, makes everything they use in their production processes, in-house. From the machines they use to make their zippers, to smelting their own brass - they even make the boxes they ship their zippers in. slate.com/business/2012/0…
A 12-minute Hobbit "movie" was made in 1967 because the production company was about to lose the film rights unless a movie was released. It was produced quickly and cheaply, released on the very last day the rights would expire. Tolkien had to pay $100,000 to get the rights back. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
According to Matt Groening, FOX was never supportive of Futurama, as they moved the show around from time slot to time slot unpredictably for four years, which resulted in poor ratings and its cancellation in 2003. This move left many Futurama fans and production crew shocked and angry. looper.com/164575/the-rea…
The digital effects pioneered in the 1992 film "Death Becomes Her" would be incorporated into Industrial Light and Magic's next project, "Jurassic Park," released only a year later. Both films shared cinematographer Dean Cundey and production designer Rick Carter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
In WW1, the German military ramped up zeppelin production to the point that Germany ceased production of sausages because the intestinal linings of cows that were used in sausages were required to make the skins of the zeppelins’ hydrogen chambers. history.com/news/londons-…

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