The drummer for R.E.M., Bill Berry, suffered an aneurysm on stage in 1995, then decided to quit the band along with the whole music industry and took up farming en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
The Seinfeld episode β€œThe Pen”, in which Jerry and Elaine visit his parents in Florida, is the only episode that doesn’t feature Jason Alexander. After the table read, he threatened to quit the show if they ever wrote another episode without George in it again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned of two-time Oscar-winner Glenda Jackson, who quit acting in 1992 to join the British parliament. She became a junior minister in the Blair government, and had aspirations to be Mayor of London. In 2015, at the age of 78, she quit politics, reverted to acting, and since won a Tony Award en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gle…
The episode of Seinfeld titled "The Revenge" when George quits his job and then shows back up to work as if nothing happened in hopes of keeping it was inspired by Larry David's real-life story of quitting his job as a writer at SNL and doing the same thing vanityfair.com/news/2017/…
While making the movie The Incredibles, director Brad Bird intentionally used the artists who were likely to quit or get fired from Pixar. He believed that only they could create what he wanted in the movie. cartoonresearch.com/index…
Today I learned about Raven Wilkinson, the first African-American ballet dancer of a major ballet company. In 1957, Raven was once barred from staying with her troupe when an Atlanta hotel owner asked her outright if she was black. Raven quit dancing for a time, only to return to a 27 year career at NYC Opera. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rav…
In 1999, Maude Flanders was killed-off on The Simpsons because of a pay raise dispute with the voice actress, Maggie Roswell. She was flying back-and-forth from Denver to Los Angeles and wanted a raise to cover the costs. Fox offered her a $150 per episode raise, so she quit. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
The most common group of people who switch majors in American universities are people in STEM field majors who decided to quit and do a non-STEM major instead thecollegesolution.com/ch…
TGI Fridays dropped the 'button flairs' from the waiting staffs' uniforms due to popularity of the movie Office Space in which Jennifer Aniston's character quits her job due to frustration with the flairs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Off…
Kate Bush has only toured once, the Tour of Life, which ran for six weeks in 1979. The BBC suggested that she may have quit touring due to a fear of flying, or because of the death of a lighting engineer, Bill Duffield, who was killed in an accident during a warmup concert. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kat…
A Texas professor failed his entire class and quit, because he thought that all of his students were disruptive or dishonest and therefore didn’t deserve to pass the course. He said the class was his worst in his 20 years of teaching. insidehighered.com/news/2…
-An undergraduate architecture student in '78 found a flaw in the Design of Citicorp Center '77: that Citicorp Center could blow over in the wind. Repair work was done throughout the night and quit at daybreak, just as the building occupants returned to work. The story remained a secret until '95 slate.com/blogs/the_eye/2…
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._…
After seeing the 1989 Tony Danza comedy "She's out of Control" film critic Gene Siskel felt so distraught & depressed he nearly quit his career as a film critic. youtube.com/watch?v=--r_V…
On Fleetwood Mac's 1971 tour, one of their guitarists left to "get a magazine" and never came back. When he was found a few days later, he had joined a cult and quit the band. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fle…
Allen Carr, author of 'Easy Way To Quit Smoking', has helped over 30 million people successfully quit smoking. He died in 2006 due to Lung Cancer. allencarr.com/free-inform…
A Belarusian television company associated with the government of Belarus, created a show featuring four nerdy scientists living next to an attractive waitress named The Theorists. When the actors found out their show was an unlicensed rip of The Big Bang Theory, they quit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The judge in the Terri Schiavo case had to be flown to a secret location to make a final decision to take her off life support, he wore a bullet-proof vest after her death and had cops on land and water guarding his home, and had to quit his church. He also was Jim Morrison's college roommate. tampabay.com/florida/2019…
Angus Maclise, the original drummer of The Velvet Undeground, quit because he thought that the band had sold out by taking a paying gig. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moe…
Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard chose his son Quentin to succeed him after his eldest son quit the church. Quentin, who wanted to be a pilot and was gay (against doctrine), committed suicide. When his father discovered this, he shouted "That stupid fucking kid! Look what he's done to me!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
In one 2003 estimate, a 68-year-old man who had smoked two packs per day for 50 years (100 pack-years) had a 15 percent risk of developing lung cancer in the next 10 years if he continued to smoke. This risk would drop to 10.8 percent if he quit smoking. verywellhealth.com/what-p…
In 2018 Philip Morris, the maker of Marlboro, created a campaign and paid a full-page ad saying its New Year resolution was to give up cigarettes and help those who can't quit smoking to change to better alternatives. businessinsider.com/phili…
80 percent of people who joined a gym in January 2012 quit within five months. 4 percent of new gym goers don’t even make it past the end of January and 14 percent drop out in February creditdonkey.com/gym-memb…
Bud Abbott, of Abbott and Costello, quit school at the age of ten. One of his first jobs was shilling for a house of mirrors on Coney Island, when people inevitably got lost in the maze of mirrors he would charge 10 cents to guide them out. youtu.be/P8SPtlpKmcY?t=23…
In one of Charles XII's (King of Sweden) drunken escapades he forced a bear to drink so much wine that it fell out of the palace window and died. After this incident Charles vowed to quit drinking which he adhered to, with a few small exceptions, for the rest of his life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Got…
President Gerald Ford stood up for civil rights in 1934 by threatening to quit his college football team, unless they let Willis Ward (African American) play against the south’s Georgia Tech. He agreed to play only after Ward asked him to, because they couldn’t afford to lose that game. mlive.com/wolverines/2011…
A female Giant Pacific Octopus can lay 50,000 eggs. She quits eating and spends six months slowly dying as she tends to and protects them. On average, only 2 out of the 50,000 baby octopuses survive. npr.org/sections/krulwich…
Henry Rollins became the lead singer of Black Flag after jumping on stage to sing at a concert, but he had to quit his day job as a manager at a HΓ€agen-Dazs consequenceofsound.net/20…
UK Members of Parliament legally can't resign, so those that wish to "quit" are made unpaid stewards of a royal manor. This works because the position is considered an "office of profit" under the Crown, and those who are appointed to such offices legally cannot serve in Parliament. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Res…
Stephen King's 1974 novel, Carrie, was rejected by 30 publishers before Doubleday bought it and paid him a $2,500 advance. The hardcover sold only 13,000 copies, but Signet bought the paperback rights for $400,000, finally allowing King to quit teaching and become a full-time writer. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Dave Chappelle quit Chappelle’s Show during filming of a sketch about magic pixies that embody stereotypes about races. Chappelle thought the sketch funny, but a white spectator laughed loud and long during taping. He wondered if he’d gone from sending up stereotypes to reinforcing them. thefader.com/2016/07/29/s…
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…
Actor Paul Newman died from lung cancer despite having quit smoking three decades earlier fabiosa.com/ctlf-rsmkib-a…
Ronald Reagan continued going to work at his office for five years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's until he was finally forced to quit in 1999. Reagan did impressively well with Alzheimer’s much longer than most people saddled with the disease spectator.org/the-ronald-…
The drumming on the Beatles track "Back in the U.S.S.R." was a composite of Lennon, McCartney, and Harrison's playing, because Ringo had quit following repeated criticism of his playing by McCartney. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned of Jack Barsky, a former KGB spy who was sent to work undercover in the USA. He quit his profession by lying to his handlers that he had AIDS. They cut him off as they were afraid of STDs spreading in the Soviet Union. Barsky never returned to Russia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
The Iron Sheik planned to kill the man who murdered his daughter by slitting his throat with a razor he hid in his mouth in the courtroom court. His family surrounded him and talked him out of it. Instead, as a tribute to his daughter, he quit drugs and got his life back on track. onlineworldofwrestling.co…
In 1920 the New York Times wrote space flight was doomed because "after the rocket quits our air and really starts on its…journey, [it] would be neither accelerated nor maintained by the explosion of the charges it then might have left." They retracted in 1969, when Apollo 11 went to the moon. en.wikisource.org/wiki/Th…
The guy who wrote the dialogue for Portal was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis while working on it. He tried to quit Valve, and Gabe Newell gave him extended leave and told him that his only job was to get better. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eri…
George Harrison briefly quit the Beatles and John Lennon suggested replacing him with Eric Clapton, saying β€œhe's just as good and not such a headache." beatlesbible.com/1969/01/…
The most prolific mathematician of the 20th century (Paul Erdos) used amphetamines to fuel 20 hour number benders. When a friend bet him $500 that he couldn't quit for a month, he won, but complained "You've set mathematics back a month" bbc.com/future/story/2017…
Late actor Michael Clarke Duncan was assigned to protect Notorious B.I.G. on the night he was killed, but Duncan switched assignments at the last minute. The death caused Duncan to quit working as a bodyguard and pursue acting full-time. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
James Cameron decided to quit his job as a truck driver to enter the film industry after watching Star Wars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Jason Alexander threatened to quit "Seinfeld" in the third season. After the table read of "The Pen", which features only Jerry and Elaine, Alexander pulled Larry David aside and said "if you write me out again, do it permanently." In 9 seasons, that was the only episode he wasn't it. nypost.com/2016/07/10/the…
Casey Kasem was a devout vegan, supported animal rights and environmental causes, and was a critic of factory farming.He initially quit voicing Shaggy in the late 1990s,when asked to voice Shaggy in a Burger King commercial, returning in 2002 after negotiating to have Shaggy become a vegetarian. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
Every time an alcoholic relapses then quits again, the withdrawal symptoms get worse. It's called the kindling effect. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin…
Willie Nelson used to smoke 2-3 packs of cigarettes a day on top of smoking marijuana. After suffering pneumonia several times, he knew he had to quit one or the other. He chose to quit tobacco. npr.org/2012/11/18/165223…
Jordan Peele quit acting after he was asked to play the poop emoji in "The Emoji Movie". vulture.com/2018/02/jorda…
Research suggests playing Tetris can give a β€œquick and manageable" fix for people struggling to stick to diets, or quit smoking or drinking. independent.co.uk/life-st…
A Japanese company will quit your job . . . for you; for about $450. npr.org/2018/08/28/642597…
The voice of South Park's "Chef," Isaac Hayes, did not personally quit the show as Stone and Parker had thought. They later found out that his Scientologist assistants resigned on his behalf after Hayes had a stroke, possibly without his knowledge, according to Hayes' son. hollywoodreporter.com/fea…
George Lazenby quit being James Bond after only one movie, turning down a million-dollar contract for six more movies, because his agent thought that spy movies were finished and that hippy movies were the new big thing. theguardian.com/film/2017…
In 2004, corporate attorney Nathan Sawaya quit his lucrative job to build Lego professionally so he could "get away from the daily grind". His sculptures now command six figure prices each. cnbc.com/id/100935141
In 2001, Tony Kirwan quit his job as an electrician and founded Destiny Rescue, a nonprofit dedicated to getting children out of sex slavery. Since 2011, the organization has rescued almost 2,000 children. news.com.au/lifestyle/rea…
The crew of the HMCS Uganda successfully voted to quit World War 2 and sailed home to Canada en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS…
When smokers try to quit smoking they develop flu-like symptoms including headache, fatigue, irritability, sore throat, insomnia, and coughing. This is sometimes known as quitter’s flu or smoker’s flu. verywellmind.com/quitters…
After Sitting Bull was released from prison, he joined the Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show making $50 per week for riding once around the arena. Quickly getting annoyed with the audience, he quit and returned to his people saying "I would rather die an Indian than live a white man." biography.com/people/sitt…
The professional wrestler, Big Show, quit football after his freshman year in high school, because of disputes with the coach. He continued to support the team by joining the cheerleading squad, partly from spite. He later called it "the greatest experience of my life" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
Robert Hohman, CEO and cofounder of Glassdoor, quit his job to do nothing but play World of Warcraft for a year and only founded the company after hitting the maximum level in the game en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
A Thai prime minister was forced to quit from his post for hosting cookery show theguardian.com/world/200…
Construction of the Sydney Opera House was completed ten years late and 1,357 per cent over budget. Amid worsening relations with the government, the architect quit before its completion and his name was never mentioned at the opening ceremony. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syd…
Pez candies were originally invented to be a quit smoking aid. burlingamepezmuseum.com/p…
Rikidōzan,The Father of Puroresu (Japanese Pro Wrestling) ,was from Korea. Intially moving to Japan for sumo wrestling but called quits in 1950,he turned to Pro Wrestling and became a national hero by defeating American wrestlers, post-WW2. mandatory.com/wrestlezone…
A KKK Grand Dragon, confined to a wheelchair, had been threatening a local rabbi. The rabbi responded by offering the man compassion, friendship, and transportation around town. They became friends and the Grand Dragon eventually quit the KKK and converted to Judaism. nytimes.com/2009/01/05/ny…
Daniel Balsam is a US man who got so infuriated with constant email spam that he quit his job, got a law degree and has so far earned over 1 million USD in court judgements against the spammers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
In 1970, when she was the highest paid woman on television with 42% of the viewing audience, Debbie Reynolds quit her show because NBC was running cigarette commercials during its airtime en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deb…
Wisconsin was known as the "Traitor State" for voting against WW1 due to its large German population. Backlash caused hyper-patriots to change their German names and 199 of 200 German teachers in Milwaukee to quit. Double standards for German WW1 supporters caught German Sconnies in a catch-22. milwaukeeindependent.com/…
Before being offered the role of Hannibal Lecter, Anthony Hopkins had quit Hollywood to go back to England, feeling that the rest of his mediocre career would be spent on stage and "doing respectable BBC work." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
U2 has performed only one show without the full band; Adam Clayton got so drunk the night before a show in Sydney that he couldn't go on stage and was replaced by one of the band's technicians. Clayton felt so bad he missed the show that he quit drinking. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoo…
Today I learned of an old brand of cigarettes named "Death". Slogans on the packaging included phrases such as "Let Us Be The Nail In Your Coffin", "The Grim Reaper Don't Come Cheaper", and "Cigarettes are addicting and debilitating. If you don't smoke, don't start. If you do smoke, quit." torok.com/articles/market…
In a German study, half of those with a university degree were nearsighted compared with less than a quarter of folks who quit after high school or secondary school. The researchers found that individuals with 13 years of education were more myopic than those who didn’t get past primary school taipeitimes.com/News/lang…
For 'Wayne's World' Mike Myers demanded to use the song 'Bohemian Rhapsody' in the car scene instead of a Guns n' Roses song, even threatening to quit the production if they didn't use it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Way…
Sacha Baron Cohen was originally slated to star as Freddie Mercury in "Bohemian Rhapsody" but eventually quit the project because the band members wanted Mercury to die mid-film in order to show how the band carried on without him. theguardian.com/film/2016…
At the 1912 Olympics, a marathon runner quit and went home to Japan without telling officials and was considered a missing person in Sweden for 50 years. In 1966, he was invited to complete the marathon. His time: 54 years, 8 months, 6 days, 5 hours, 32 minutes and 20.379 seconds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
A disgruntled Jet Blue employee once quit his job by broadcasting an angry rant over the intercom, activating the plane's emergency inflatable ramp, and sliding away with two beers he'd stolen from the galley. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jet…
Today I learned about the short-lived TV sitcom "Beverly Hills Buntz", a comedic spinoff of gritty crime drama "Hill Street Blues" where Dennis Franz's morally-questionable character, Norman Buntz, quits being a cop, moves to Beverly Hills, and becomes a private investigator. Only 4 of 13 episodes aired. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bev…
Tom Delonge quit Blink-182 not because of artistic differences, but because he wanted to research the existence of aliens telegraph.co.uk/music/new…
Conan O'Brien credited "The Simpsons" with saving him. Prior to being hired on he was experiencing a personal and professional slump. He abruptly quit his SNL writing job with no plans other than aimlessly walking the streets of NYC for inspiration. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Famous mathematician Paul Erdos was once challenged to quit taking amphetamines for one month by a concerned friend. He succeeded, but complained "You've showed me I'm not an addict, but I didn't get any work done...you've set mathematics back a month". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Today I learned of Travis Mills a US 82nd Airborne Army Staff Sgt who was critically injured losing most of his arms and legs while on patrol in Afghanistan to a IED. He's one of only five quadruple amputees from the Iraq & Afghanistan wars to survive this type of injury. His motto: "Never Give Up, Never Quit" travismills.org/
In former US President Gerald Ford's senior year as a football player at the University of Michigan, when Georgia Tech refused to play if a black player named Willis Ward (and Ford's best friend on the team) took the field, Ford threatened to quit the team in response en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
A high schooler named Wilt Chamberlain played against NCAA champion and Most Outstanding Player B.H. Born 1-on-1, and beat him so badly he quit basketball. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Sigmund Freud was a chain-smoker whose habit caused him to require 34 surgeries and the loss of part of his mouth, yet he never quit smoking. history.com/news/10-thing…
In the 1960s, Nichelle Nichols, the black actress that played Uhura in Star Trek, wanted to quit the show. MLK himself talked her out of quitting the role because he believed presenting a black woman working alongside white men would help further the goal of racial equality. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cul…
The Seinfeld episode "The Revenge" was based on an experience by screenwriter Larry David, who once quit his job at Saturday Night Live, felt he made a mistake once he reached home, and returned the following morning as if nothing had happened. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Jason Brown, the highest paid center in NFL in 2009, quit after making $25M to become a farmer and donates his crops to food pantries. cbsnews.com/videos/ex-nfl…
When Prince first toured he was booed and heckled so badly over his effeminate look he quit, left the tour early and wouldn't have returned had Mick Jagger not called him personally and begged him to come back. youtube.com/watch?v=hZosc…
Steve Carell has worked as a mail carrier in Massachusetts. He quit 7 months later, because his boss told him he was not very good at being a mail carrier and needed to be faster. He has also performed with Chicago troupe The Second City where Stephen Colbert was his understudy for a time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Basketball Player Tim Duncan was almost an Olympic level swimmer but had to quit due to Hurricane Hugo destroying his practice pool forcing him to practice in the Ocean, he quit soon after due to his fear of sharks jockbio.com/Bios/Duncan/D…
Frankie Muniz (Malcom in the Middle) briefly quit acting to pursue a career in motorsports, competing in the Formula BMW USA and ChampCar Atlantics series frankiemunizracing.com
Florence Chadwick, the first woman to swim across the English Channel, attempted to cross the Catalina Channel. Unfortunately the fog was dense, limiting her vision, and after 16 hours of swimming she gave up. Later she found out she was one mile away from achieving her goal before she quit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flo…
Richard Dawson (original host of Family Feud) was asked by producers to quit kissing women. He asked the audience to mail in what they wanted, 704 were against the kissing, and 14,600 wanted him to continue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
Dave Grohl tried to quit Nirvana once, after he overheard Kurt Cobain calling him a 'shitty drummer', but was convinced to stay by the bands manager thestrut.com/2014/04/07/d…
William Kamkwamba, after being forced to quit school at 14 due to poverty, taught himself to build windmills out of trash, using books from a local library, transformed his village with electricity and became an international celebrity. Receiving a scholarship to Dartmouth and graduating in 2014 dartmouthalumnimagazine.c…
Robert Hohman quit his job to play World of Warcraft full-time for a year before going on to co-found and run Glassdoor. businessinsider.com/how-w…
Today I learned of Great Reality TV Swindle, in which a book shop employee auditioned people for a fake reality TV show and made 30 of them quit their jobs for the "show". Shortly after giving the challenge, he revealed that the show was fake, making the contestants capture him for press interviews. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
After watching Star Wars for the first time in 1977, James Cameron quit his job as a truck driver to enter the film industry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Ted Nugent shit his pants and quit bathing to avoid the draft newshounds.us/flashback_t…
Judith Durham (of Georgie Girl fame) quit the Seekers because she had body image issues. youtube.com/watch?v=MybGx…
The Iron Sheik planned to kill the man who murdered his daughter by slitting his throat with a razor he snuck into court in his cheek. His family surrounded him and talked him out of it. Instead, as a tribute to his daughter, he quit drugs and got his life back on track. onlineworldofwrestling.co…

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