Zach Galifianakis had a two-week trial run as a writer on β€œSNL” before being let go. He wrote a sketch with Will Ferrell being the bodyguard of Britney Spears’s belly button that bombed so bad in the writer’s room that Tina Fey put her hand on his shoulder to comfort him. phillyvoice.com/zach-gali…
One reason Lyndon B. Johnson did not run for re-election was because a study he commissioned had predicted he would die at 64 and thus may not make it through a 2nd term. True enough, he would die on 22 January 1973 at 64, 2 days after what would have been the end of his 2nd term. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyn…
The National Park Service has officially advised against sacrificing slower friends in a bear attack, β€˜even if the friendship has run its course’ theguardian.com/environme…
In 1981 a group of scientists met to discuss ways of making future humans aware of nuclear waste disposal sites. One idea was genetically engineering cats to change color in the presence of radiation and introducing a cultural idea to run away when you see a cat change color. theguardian.com/environme…
There is a Sikh Temple in Punjab India that feeds tens of thousands of people per day for free regardless of your age, race, religion, or nationality that is solely run by volunteers. youtube.com/watch?v=qdoJr…
The voice of Tigger from Winnie the Pooh, Paul Winchell was one of the original inventors of an artificial heart, an automobile that runs on battery power, a method for breeding tilapia, and many other inventions that are still around today. paulwinchell.com/bio.html
"Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer", "Run Run, Rudolph", "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree", and "A Holly Jolly Christmas" were all written by the same guy - Johnny Marks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
In 1997 a series of Ponzi schemes run by the Albanian government collapsed. 2/3rds of the citizenry were invested. This lead to mass protests. And the formation of gangs, who took control of entire cities. These gangs siezed weapons from military bases, and started a full blown civil war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
The lyrics for Sheryl Crow's "All I Wanna Do" were adapted from a poem from a poetry book her producer found in a used bookstore. The book only had an initial print run of 500 copies, but the song paved the way for multiple reprints and earned its author Wyn Cooper substantial royalties. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All…
In the 1997 UK general election the Liberal Democrats won the Winchester constituency by 2 votes. The Conservative incumbent legally challenged the result and secured a re-run of the election. The second time he lost by 21,556 votes! wikipedia.org/wiki/1997_W…
β€œDo You Hear What I Hear” was written in 1962 by a songwriting couple as a call for peace amidst the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was in the French Resistance & she grew up next to JFK. It sold out its initial run & has appeared on more than 120 albums. naturegeezer.com/2016/09/…
In 2011, a Japanese company released a motorcycle that runs on "biogas" - human faeces - with the seat featuring a built-in toilet, and a giant roll of toilet paper mounted at the rear end. The motorcycle can also play music, write messages in the air using residual light imagery, and talk cnet.com/news/toilet-moto…
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…
The Church of Scientology tried to take over the city of Clearwater, Florida, in the 1970s. When mayor Gabriel Cazares criticized this, the Church tried to concoct a sex scandal and stage a false hit-and-run accident involving Cazares, calling the operation "Speedy Gonzalez." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gab…
Through the first 12 years of his career, Baseball Hall Of Famer Joe DiMaggio had more home runs (349) than strikeouts (333). pinstripealley.com/platfo…
Johnny Marx not only wrote the song Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, he also wrote Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," "A Holly Jolly Christmas," "Silver and Gold," "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day," and "Run Rudolph Run." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Today I learned about 46 million dollars’ worth of Australian $50 bill went into circulation in 10/2018 had a typo error. It went unnoticed for mos. until it was spotted by radio listener.The central bank misspelled the word β€œresponsibility” as β€œRESPONSIBILTY" & said the error will be fixed in future print runs reuters.com/article/us-au…
Chrysler made a car with a turbine engine that could run on everything from perfume to peanut oil. The President of Mexico fueled one with Tequila. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
After WW2, british Ivan Hirsch was appointed to run Volkswagen. The defeated German staff were initially unresponsive having been conditioned by many years of Nazism and were sometimes unresponsive to orders. After he started using his officer uniform, his orders were followed to the T. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vol…
The 1978 Dodge Sportsman van disguised as an ambulance driven by Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise in the movie 1981 "The Cannonball Run" was actually the real vehicle used by Brock Yates and Hal Needham in what was the final Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash held in 1979. arnesantics.com/the-canno…
Ronald Reagan was so indelibly type-cast as the 'great loser' in films that when Jack Warner, movie magnate and his longtime employer, was first apprised of the actor's ambition to run for Governor of California, he protested: "No, Jimmy Stewart for Governor. Ronald Reagan for Best Friend." content.time.com/time/mag…
Land O' Lakes was the first company to successfully complete the first cross-country, commercial freight run by a self-driving truck en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
In 1991, Democrats had controlled the House of Representatives for 36 consecutive years, and 56 of the previous 60; they had run the Senate for 50 of the past 60 years ashbrook.org/publications…
When legendary Australian cricketer Sir Donald Bradman broke the world record for first-class runs (452 not out in a single innings), his opponents chaired him off the ground. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
The Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation who run the Crazy Horse statue in South Dakota is worth $77 million, is not operated by the local Lakota people, and is considered a disgrace by many Lakota. Crazy Horse was known for his humility and never allowed his picture to be taken. newyorker.com/magazine/20…
Martin Couney ran infant incubator exhibits, in which premature babies were displayed to the public for 40 years. He didn’t charge the parents a penny, instead visitors paid 25 Cents to get in. This covered all the costs to run the facility. Many babies with no chances to survive were saved. bbc.com/news/amp/magazine…
Today I learned of Sidney Lewis who joined the British Army at age 12, fought in the Battle of the Somme at age 13 but was sent home when his mother complained. He reenlisted without her knowledge, fought in Austria in 1918, and went on to fight in WWII, too, before retiring to run a pub. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You…
Tom Hanks personally paid to shoot some 'Forrest Gump' scenes, including the famous run across America foxbusiness.com/media/tom…
The Chehalis (Sts'Ailes) people of southwest Canada begin their count of months from the arrival of spawning chinook salmon (in Gregorian calendar October), and count 10 lunar months, leaving an uncounted period of around 70 days until the next chinook salmon run en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lun…
TV series re-runs can be an absolute cash cow for the principal actors, earning them even more than their original salaries. In this way, Jerry Seinfeld has earned over $800M since Seinfeld ended. Ed O’Neil earns $19M per year from MWC, which ended in 1997. collider.com/galleries/wh…
A potential cold open for 'Fun Run - Part 1,' (S4 E01) of The Office actually had Michael hit Meredith with his car and then back over her again to make sure she was dead. In this case there would not have been a camera in the car with him but a spy cam that he wasn't aware of. screenrant.com/office-mic…
In Taiwan, every receipt for every store in the country is also a ticket to a government-run lottery with top prizes worth up to US$300,000 guidetotaipei.com/article…
Today I learned of Mary Anne Holmes' 1995 cold case. Her 4 yr old daughter had run to her neighbors' house naked and bound, screaming that her mother was killed. Mary had been assaulted and murdered while her 2 girls were forced to watch. The girl made a drawing of the crime and described the killer as a lion. gilavalleycentral.net/mar…
Because the UK Royal Navy's Astute class nuclear powered submarines can purify their own air and water and run on nuclear fuel, that the endurance is only limited to 90 days due to breakfast storage capacity for 18,000 sausages and 4200 Weetabix en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ast…
The Berlin Wall came down by mistake. When the East Germans planned to slowly open the border they announced it at a press conference without including a plan. When a reporter asked when it would be opened, the party official mistakenly said "Immediately, without delay" causing a run on the wall en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
According to the C-BARQ program run through the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School, the most aggressive breed of dog - showing heightened aggression towards dogs, strangers, and even their owners - is...the Daschund. pri.org/stories/2015-02-2…
Today I learned about the real Iron Mike - aka Mike the Durable. He was targeted for a life insurancy scam and endured a variety of different murder attempts: copious amounts of alcohol, wood alchohol and antifreeze, sardines mixed with shrapnel and poison - and he was run over twice. He survived it all. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
In 1999, Disney recalled 3.4 million copies of videotapes of β€œThe Rescuers”, since a hidden image of a nude woman was in the film, and had been reportedly included since its theatrical run in 1977. independent.co.uk/news/di…
Psychologist B.F. Skinner tried to train pigeons to serve as guides for bombing runs in WWII. After canceling the project, he successfully taught the pigeons to play ping pong instead. biography.com/scientist/b…
Adelaide has purpose built, concrete tracks for road buses that run for a 12KM section of a bus route, on which the buses are physically guided and the drivers don't need to steer, called the O-Bahn Busway. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O-B…
Today I learned of Tomatan, the Japanese robot made to sit on your shoulders and feed you tomatoes while you run. nbcnews.com/news/weird-ne…
Steve Jobs was frequently switching iPhones during its first presentation because they would quickly run out of RAM and crash techspot.com/news/54246-f…
Today I learned of the Remote Encoding Center (REC) for the US Post Office in Utah which employs over 1000 employees to decipher the addresses of some 4+ million pieces of mail each day that are so poorly written that USPS computers cannot read them. It runs 24 hours a day. postal-reporter.com/blog/…
There is a record for fastest mile run in Death Valley while wearing a Darth Vader suit. It is 6 minutes 13 seconds and was done by Jonathan Rice. insidehook.com/article/sp…
In Japanese Manga, panels flows right-to-left, top-to-bottom and dialogue is written top-to-bottom, right-to-left. This runs counter to modern Japanese writing, which is left-to-right, top-to-bottom. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
The Wolf of Wall Street movie was funded by a fraudulent bond scheme run by Goldman Sachs employees and a Malaysian PM. bbc.com/news/business-535…
There are 21 names chosen every year for Atlantic hurricanes. If they run out of names for the year, they will name the remaining storms using the Greek alphabet. obxtoday.com/top-stories/…
The actor Rex Everhart was the understudy for the role of Ben Franklin in the Broadway Musical "1776" both during its initial run in 1969 and then again during its revival in 1997 (by which time he was 76 years old). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rex…
While the 1968 sitcom Julia is remembered as being groundbreaking for being the first weekly sitcom to have an African-American woman in a non-stereotypical leading role, during its run it was derided by critics for being apolitical, cartoonish, and unrealistic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jul…
The only female Pakistani Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto, was a Harvard graduate and served as PM from 1988 to 1990 and again from 1993 to 1996. After losing the election in 1997 she went into self-exile in Dubai. She returned to Pakistan in 2007 to run again but was assassinated during a rally. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ass…

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