Judge Judy earns $47 MILLION a year for taping 'Judge Judy.' In an interview she said that every 3 years she would present her salary request to the CBS TV Distribution President. Once, when he gave her a counter offer in an envelope, she refused to open it saying "This isn't a negotiation." goodhousekeeping.com/life…
The Eiffel tower has a reletively untouched apartment designed and put in by Gustav Eiffel which few people were ever allowed in and he turned down every request by wealthy Parisians who wanted to stay the night in it. cntraveler.com/stories/20…
A mother whose daughter was having brain surgery, called the Mister Rogers Neighborhood studio to ask for a signed photo. After hearing about this, Mr Rogers flew to the hospital to see her. His only request was that there was no press. wusa9.com/article/syndica…
The artificial sweetener Splenda was discovered accidentally when a lab assistant was asked to β€œtest” a new compound of sucrose and chlorine, and misheard the request it as β€œtaste”. He discovered that it had a sweet taste and it was then developed as a sugar substitute saveur.com/artificial-swe…
Jimi Hendrix was formally discharged from the military due to injury, however, Hendrix’s official discharge request reads: β€œBehavior problems, requires excessive supervision while on duty, little respect for regulations, apprehended masturbating in platoon area while supposed to be on detail.” taskandpurpose.com/histor…
Among the many bizarre requests received by Virgin Atlantic flight attendants were: "Could you turn the engines down because they are too noisy?"; "Please can the Captain stop the turbulence?"; "Can you take my children to the playroom?"; and "Is there a McDonald's onboard?" archive.indianexpress.com…
When Winston Churchill Sold Chartwell, the family home, to the National Trust, he required that there always be a marmalade cat named Jock in "comfortable residence." The Trust honored that request. The current occupant is Jock VII, a six month old rescue kitten. nationaltrust.org.uk/char…
Spartan Wife-sharing. In accordance with the Spartan belief that breeding should be between the most physically fit parents, many older men allowed younger, more fit men, to impregnate their wives. Other unmarried or childless men might even request another man's wife to bear his children. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Wisconsin residents can request any of their elected officials be recalled from their position after a year and have to run for office again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rec…
Ming emperor Hongwu had a secretary flogged for writing a 17,000-word request to the emperor. However, when the flogging was carried out, the emperor had only gotten to the 16,370th word, and when the emperor finished reading it he praised it as an example of a very well-written letter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mem…
Today I learned about the Washington Speakers Bureau, which facilitates speaking requests among famous, notable, or elected people, including Barbara Corcoran who charges β€œOver $70,000” for a speech or motivational talk. wsb.com
Flying Tiger Flight 66 - a 747 cargo flight - crashed into a hill after its crew mistook ATC request "descend two four zero zero [2400]" for "descend to four zero zero [400]" aviation-safety.net/datab…
Foreign nationals of just 15 countries have a right explicitly conferred in law for making requests based on the Freedom of Information act. 25 countries are explicitly banned. The status of the rest is ambiguous gijn.org/2019/09/28/where…
Today I learned about the 'Glomar response' that refers to a response to a request for information with 'can neither confirm nor deny', was created by the CIA in reaction to media inquiries about a covert agency program, which created a salvage vessel named the Glomar Explorer to recover a Soviet submarine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glo…
At the request of Vanessa Bryant, the Staples Center cataloged all the items at the makeshift memorial fans made for Kobe and Gianna. Among the items were 1,353 basketballs, 14 banners, 25,000 candles, 5,000 letters, 500 stuffed animals. All the flowers were reused as mulch. nbcnews.com/news/us-news/…
In 1962 then manager of Benfica (a Portuguese football/soccer team) BΓ©la Guttmann, had his pay rise request denied. He stormed out and said these final words... "Not in a hundred years from now will benfica ever be European champions." It's known as the BΓ©la Guttmann curse. footballtalk.org/stories/…
Today I learned about the door-in-the-face. An attempt is made to convince the respondent to comply by making a large request that the respondent will most likely turn down. The respondent is then more likely to agree to a second, more reasonable request, than if that same request is made in isolation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doo…
Today I learned about the documentary 'Batkid Begins' following Miles Scott, an American child and cancer survivor. His Make-A-Wish wish was to be "Batkid", a sidekick of the Batman. Once the request went out, volunteers, city officials and businesses rallied and turned San Francisco into Gotham City. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Robert Bork, the SCOTUS nominee the Democrats voted down, fired the special prosecutor looking at Watergate at Nixon's request after his two predecessors refused to and resigned. He also stated a desire to roll back the civil rights decisions of the Warren and Burger courts en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Dog Poop Girl (2005) is one of the first reported occurrences of doxing (publicly broadcasting private or identifying information). A young woman's dog pooped in a train. She refused to pick it up despite requests. Pictures were shared in Korea. She was publicly shamed and quit university. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog…
Between 2007 and 2015, the city of Chicago received over 6000 requests to remove shoes from telephone wires. wbez.org/stories/shoes-on…
Around the birth of Ted Kennedy his 14-year old brother John (JFK) asked their parents to be his godfather and to name him George Washington Kennedy since he was born on Washington’s 200th birthday. Their parents only granted the first request. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted…
"You're the best Around" by Joe Esposito which was the iconic theme song for the Karate Kid, was originally to be used in Rocky III, before favoring survivor's "Eye of the Tiger", After Queen rejected Stallone's request to use "Another one bites the dust" in the movie. geektyrant.com/news/10-fu…
Charlotte Corday's last request before death was to have her portrait painted. She even picked Jean-Jacques Hauer as the artist, and the painting was finished shortly before her execution en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Eleanor Roosevelt worked as a DJ in 1957 to raise money for the March of Dimes. She took requests from kids with polio, playing everything from Elvis to Harry Belafonte and Eddie Fisher. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Elizabeth Taylor's funeral was started 15 minutes late - at her request - so she could be "late to her own funeral." cbsnews.com/news/elizabet…
Near the end of the Beatles song "A Day In the Life", there is a 15-kilohertz sound that is at the upper limit of human hearing, but can be heard clearly by cats and dogs. This was done by the request of John Lennon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_D…
HTTP error code 451 = "Unavailable For Legal Reasons". Displayed when the user requests an resource which cannot be served a web page that is censored by a government. The number 451 is a reference to Ray Bradbury's 1953 dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451, in which books are outlawed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTT…
Today I learned of Jia Jiang, a startup founder who set out to overcome his fear of rejection in "100 Days of Rejection." He forced himself to ask strangers for favors with high risk of a "no" such as: Ask to borrow $100; ask for a free "burger refill" at a restaurant. His odd requests sometimes got a "yes." nextshark.com/chinese-ent…
While 1971 Kubrick classic 'A Clockwork Orange' was passed uncut for UK cinemas, the film was later withdrawn from British release in 1973 at the request of Kubrick, in response to allegations that the film was responsible for spawning a multitude of copycat violence throughout the UK. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_C…
A medical fetish company donated medical scrubs to a UK hospital after requests by UK National Health Service reps. The company bills itself as β€œthe only online store 100% dedicated to Medical Fetish, Kink and Roleplay” with β€œgenuine medical grade items.” nypost.com/2020/03/31/fet…
Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother was a big fan of The Golden Girls, and the cast performed several in-character skits for her and the Royal Family at her request. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Pope John Paul II forgave his would be assassin, Mehmet Ali Ağca. "He was pardoned by Italian president Carlo Azeglio Ciampi at the Pope's request and was deported to Turkey in June 2000." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Att…
Today I learned of Paniolos, Hawaiian cowboys trained in the late 1800s at the request of King Kamehameha III by vaqueros (Spanish-Mexican cowboys) in roping, herding, and other skills to manage the tens of thousands of wild cattle roaming the countryside. paniolopreservation.org/w…
Necrogamy (posthumous marriage) is legal in France. The living partner must send the President a request, have a serious reason, prove the couple were planning to marry, and get approval from the family of the deceased. At the ceremony, the living partner stands next to a picture of their fiancΓ© en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
King Sancho I of Leon (now Spain) was so fat that he got deposed by his people. His grandmother Queen Toda of Pamplona had to request for physicians to treat his obesity, from Abd-ar-Rahman III, the Caliph of CΓ³rdoba. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tod…
During World War Two, the British Home Guard was issued with 250,000 pikes. Due to a lack of guns in 1941, Churchill wrote to the War Office saying, "every man must have a weapon of some sort, be it only a mace or a pike." His request was taken seriously. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hom…
N June 2006, at the request of PETA, Ocean Spray agreed to end its support for animal experiments. Previously, Ocean Spray was funding tests involving infecting mice with H. pylori, bacteria that cause stomach ulcers, and then feeding them cranberry juice to see if it had any positive effect. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oce…
Today I learned of Mikhail Bulgakov, a Russian writer whose works were banned in 1929. In desperation, he wrote a letter to Stalin and asked to emigrate. To his surprise, Stalin telephoned him personally. Bulgakov said he didn't want to leave and asked to work at the theater. Stalin permitted his request. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mik…
Pope John Paul II was apparently a fan of Yoo-Hoo. Vatican spokesmen would request that his planes be stocked with "a couple of cases of that American chocolate drink he likes.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoo…
Today I learned of Robert Campbell, a World War One soldier who was a German prisoner, he learned that his mother was dying, and wrote to the Kaiser, asking to be released. His request was granted, with the condition that he had to return. Campbell spent a week with his mother, then returned. bbc.com/news/uk-23957605
Neil Gaiman is a huge fan of David Bowie and Lucifer from the comic book series The Sandman was made to resemble David Bowie at Neil Gaiman's request. bookriot.com/remembering-…
The cover of The Rolling Stones' album "Their Satanic Majesties Request" was originally going to feature an image of naked Mick Jagger on a cross, but the record company decided against it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
, at her request, Elizabeth Taylor's funeral was delayed 15 minutes. So people would be able to say about her, "She was even late for her own funeral". people.com/celebrity/eliz…
In the early years of Charles Schulz' "Peanuts", there was once a character called Charlotte Braun, who was quickly dropped by a fan request. Upon receiving the message from that fan, Schulz wrote back that they would be responsible for the character's death and drew her with an axe on her head. historybyzim.com/2014/04/…
The Beatles song, "Come Together" was inspired by a request from Timothy Leary to write a song for his campaign for governor of California against Ronald Reagan, which promptly ended when Leary was sent to prison for possession of marijuana en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Bob Barker stepped down as host of Miss USA/Universe pageants after 20 years after his request that fur prizes for the contestants be removed was refused. Following his wife's death Barker became a staunch advocate for animal rights. cnn.com/2013/06/24/us/bob…
Today I learned about Archbishop Damaskinos of Athens. During the Nazi Occupation, the Archbishop spoke out about the deportation of the Jewish population in Greece. When threatened by the Nazis to be executed by firing squad, he sarcastically responded with a request to hung instead as it was "tradition". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dam…
Don LaFontaine, the movie trailer voice guy, offered to record an answering machine message for anyone that contacted him, if he had the time. He received so many requests, he had to stop offering. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
The equestrian monument dedicated to Giuseppe Garibaldi and erected in Rome during 1895 was originally facing the Vatican, as Garibaldi had the ambition to conquer the Papal States. After the Lateran Treaty in 1929, the orientation of the statue was turned to face away by request of the Vatican. equestrianstatue.org/gari…

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