Sir David Attenborough is a member of the β€œOrder of Merit,” in 2015. It recognizes distinguished service in the armed forces, science, art, literature, or for the promotion of culture. Only 24 (living) people can be a member at a given time wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_…
A man once purchased nearly 100lbs of bananas at a Tescos so that he could make a Β£25.12 profit on them due to a promotion the grocer had going at the time theguardian.com/business/…
In 1997, the American medical drama Chicago Hope featured a character named "Lisa Catera", which served as a promotion by Cadillac to promote their then-new Catera sedan ("Lease a Catera") eonline.com/news/35419/ne…
, Jean Thurel 1698-1807 was a fusilier in the French Army with a stunning career that spanned 75 years. Enlisted in 1716, he would continuously serve with his comrades without support, retiring at age 93 in 1792. Thurel never accepted any offers of promotion and stayed a private his whole career. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
Producer Jeffrey Katzenberg revived Walt Disney Studios by many of their biggest hits: The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. After these he requested a promotion, and was then abruptly fired by them. He then swore revenge against Disney and founded Dreamworks. hollywoodreporter.com/fea…
Coca-Cola once held a promotion in Canada. They randomly printed an English word and a French Word inside bottle caps to one of their products. They wound up apologizing to a family because their bottle cap said, "YOU RETARD" on it. In French, the word 'retard' means 'late'. ctvnews.ca/mobile/canada/…
Kix cereal ran a promotion where they intentionally included the highly radioactive element polonium inside an enclosed toy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kix…
Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream sold a flavor called "Can't Stop the Nuts" as part of the promotion of 1980 Village People film Can't Stop the Music en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
[] The promotion for Mission Impossible 3 had the theme playing from selected newspaper dispensers on the streets in LA. However some of the music playing devices fell out leading the public to think they were bombs. The bomb squad detonated a news dispenser before learning of the promotion latimes.com/archives/la-x…
In 2018, the town of Mayo, Florida temporarily changed its name to "Miracle Whip" as an advertising promotion with Kraft. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May…
Today I learned about Windows 7 Whopper. It was sold at Burger King in Japan for the promotion of Microsoft's Windows 7. The hamburger contained 7 stacked beef patties, weighed almost 1 kg, and had more than 1,000 cal. The promotion period was extended from 7 days to 16 days due to unexpected popularity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who…
Phoebe Cates' first film was Paradise which called for many nude shots that she and costar Willie Aames opted to not perform. When the released film included nudity provided by body doubles, Cates refused to participate in any promotion of the film en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
In 2000, an Atlanta area sheriff ordered a hit on a rival that defeated him in an election. The hit was carried out by two deputies who were promised promotions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Der…
A man named David Phillips took advantage of a loophole in a 1999 Healthy Choice/American Airlines promotion where he purchased $3,000 worth of pudding in exchange for over one million American Airlines air miles gizmodo.com/how-an-engine…
The restaurant chain Red Lobster once lost over $3 million during an "endless crab" promotion because an executive underestimated how much people could eat. nypost.com/2003/09/26/end…
Don Steele ran a radio promotion awarding prizes to drivers who found him on the road. He was held responsible by the court for encouraging two drivers to speed and race with each other, which ultimately caused a fatal accident. Steele went on to star in Death Race 2000 five years later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
I learned the source of the internet myth that Mr. Rogers was a sniper: The screenwriters of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood say they discovered in their research that there was another Fred Rogers who was a sharpshooter for the Marines, and his self-promotion confused a lot of people online moviemaker.com/mister-rog…
Honeybees sleep between five and eight hours a day, some bees hold each other's legs as they sleep. Colonies are divided into different sectors of work. There are cleaners, nurses, security guards, also collection bees whose sole job is to cache nectar in comb. Promotions happen as well. bbc.com/earth/story/20160…
In 1987 Glad-Lock Bags financed a theatrically released movie called "Million Dollar Mystery", where the audience was handed a coupon outside the theater, and the movie had a tie in with their promotion, even having the character directly talk to the audience at the end about the promotion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
Coca Cola had to warn people not to drink the foul smelling liquid in their β€œMagiCan” promotion en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mag…
In 1927, a 12-year-old boy rode along with stunt pilot Doug Davis, throwing Baby Ruth candy bars down over a racetrack as part of a promotion. The boy loved the experience, and would grow up to be a pilot… of the Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eno…
Today I learned about E.D. Morel, the shipping clerk who revealed Belgium's atrocities in the Congo. He noticed shipments of ammunition going to the Congo, and coming back with ivory and rubber. His superiors offered him a promotion in exchange for his silence. He refused, quit his job, and became a journalist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._…
Today I learned about β€œsheep dipping,” a practice known in intelligence circles where a member of the Army is β€œofficially discharged from service” as a part of their covert cover, while in secret, are still eligible for rank promotions and military benefits. the-wanderling.com/checo.…
In 2018 the Domino’s in Russia offered up to 100 free pizzas every year for 100 years if a customer got the Domino’s logo tattooed visibly on their body. Initially intended to last a month the promotion proved to be so popular Domino’s ended it after a week with 350 accepted winners. time.com/5388976/dominos-…
That at 310,296 words, the constitution of Alabama is the longest constitution in the world, governing everything from bingo rules to catfish promotion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Today I learned of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, a prominent american female labour activist, known for her promotion of women's rights, birth control, and suffrage. She died during a visit to the Soviet Union in 1964, and was awarded a state funeral and procession on the Red Square. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
Today I learned about Ten Cent Beer Night, a MLB promotion on June, 4, 1974, between the Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers, at Cleveland Stadium, leading to a riot between the teams and fans. Cleveland’s manager sent his team on to the field, with bats, in order to protect the Texas team from drunken fans. mlb.nbcsports.com/2019/06…
During the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, McDonalds ran a nationwide promotion offering free products every time a US athlete won a medal. It turned into their most costly promotion ever when the Soviet Union, the powerhouse team of the time, boycotted the event, letting the USA win big. latimes.com/sports/olympi…
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…
In 1955, Burma-Shave ran a promotion for a free trip to Mars if someone sent in 900 empty bottles of their product. It was intended to be a joke, but when a man from Wisconsin duly sent in 900 bottles, they scrambled to honour the promotion; sending him to Moers, Germany. snopes.com/fact-check/the…
In 2013, Coca-Cola cancelled a promotion that paired randomly generated English and French words inside their caps until a lady received one that said "You Retard" huffingtonpost.ca/2013/09…
In 2008, Electronic Arts caused a traffic jam in London, England, when their marketing team attempted to give away $40,000 of free fuel from a gas station. The promotion ended early and only $22,000 of fuel was given away. geek.com/games/ea-causes-…
Despite being a massive success in Japan, Dragon Quest I sold so poorly in America, it was given away free with subscriptions of Nintendo Power. The promotion was so successful, Nintendo employees who sent out the game received a shirt saying, "I survived the 1990 Dragon Warrior mailing." usgamer.net/articles/why-…
20 years ago, DotComGuy (Mitch Maddox) in a promotion for Internet companies, changed his name to DotComGuy and was paid to live the entire year of 2000 in his house in Dallas, Texas, buying all food and necessities online. Video from the house was streamed 24 hours a day on the DotComGuy.com urgo.org/dotcomguy/
Today I learned of Steve Rothstein, who took advantage of American Airlines' AAirpass (a promotion that offered lifetime unlimited flights for $250k). He accumulated more than 30M miles, costing them $1M per year. He would often book a "companion" just for elbow room, putting the ticket under "Bag Rothstein" articles.latimes.com/2012…
In 1987 Steve Rothstein took advantage of the AAirpass (a promotion by American Airlines that let people pay a one time $250,000 and have a lifetime of unlimited flights) and quit his job so he could fly continuously. This ended up costing the airline more than 21 million. nypost.com/2012/05/13/fre…
Antonio Inoki, founder of New Japan Pro Wrestling also created a governing body to oversee all aspects of the promotions championships and help sell the companies realistic style. It was that governing body that became the International Wrestling Grand Prix (IWGP). prowrestlingpost.com/the-…
There was once an academic club called the Askesian Society. It's existence was dedicated promotion of scientific thinking and the use of nitrous oxide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ask…
Johnnie Walker ran a promotion in 2007 where every bottle of Johnnie Walker Black Label whiskey came with a USB retractable mouse. gizmodo.com/weird-combo-o…
The U.S. Navy tried to remove a whale carcass with dynamite. A veteran with explosives training warned the amount of dynamite was far too much – advice that went unheeded. His brand-new car, purchased during a "Get a Whale of a Deal" promotion, was then flattened by a chunk of falling blubber. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exp…
Adam Reed (Sealab, Archer) was tasked with watching all 166 Flintstones episodes to find those without (or the fewest) dinosaur references for a potential mail-in promotion with Little Debbie snacks, at the time owned by Seventh Day Adventists who were skeptical of dinosaurs. It fell through. dailyhive.com/vancouver/i…
Knott's Berry Farm did a Cinco de Mayo promotion where guests would enter the park for only 5 cents. The park closed its gates at 10 a.m. after reaching capacity, turning away 4,000 people from the park, and getting so hectic that over 200 officers in riot gear were called in to restore order. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
The WKRP in Cincinnati episode "Turkeys Away" was based on an actual radio station promotion in which live turkeys were thrown out of the back of a moving truck with similar results. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
The Guinness book of world records was created as a promotion for the Guinness Brewery in the 50’s by the managing director at the time Sir Hugh Beaver. fatherly.com/play/why-gui…
In 1974 the Cleveland Indians held 10 cent beer night with the only rule being you could only buy 6 at a time. The promotion resulted in the fans rioting and both teams using bats to protect themselves from the rioting fans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten…
Prior to the invasion plans of Japan, General MacArthur was being considered for a promotion to "General of the Armies". A six star General which only two other people had acquired. John Pershing (active duty), and George Washington (posthumously). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Billionaire businessman, David Tepper, paid $43.5 million for the beachfront mansion of a former Goldman Sachs supervisor who had passed him over for promotion. Then he had the house demolished. He then built a house nearly twice as big on the same property. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
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…
Data science is increasingly seen as critical to bank strategies and a growing number of providers in Europe are making it compulsory for employees to be fluent in analytics if they are to be considered for promotion to senior management or leadership roles rbcits.com/en/insights/20…
Today I learned about The Peter Principle, which states a person who is competent at their job will earn promotion to a more senior position which requires different skills. If said person lacks the skills needed for their new role they will be incompetent at their new level, and will not be promoted again. investopedia.com/terms/p/…

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