Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has disdain for money and large wealth accumulation. In 2017 he said he didn’t want to be near money, because it could corrupt your values. When Apple went public, Wozniak offered $10 million of his stock to early Apple employees, something Jobs refused to do. wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_…
When game designer Tim Schafer was interviewed to work at LucasArts, he said he was a fan of their game "Ballblaster." The interviewer told him their game was titled "Ballblazer" and only pirated copies were named "Ballblaster." He eventually got the job, and co-created Secret of Monkey Island. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
According to Paul McCartney there is no mystery to who broke up the Beatles. John Lennon did. He called a meeting and said he was leaving the band. noise11.com/news/paul-mcc…
Astronomer Harlow Shapley firmly believed that there was only one galaxy in the universe but when he was presented with an evidence that disproved his view, he said "it destroyed his universe." Then he completely changed his view and devoted his subsequent career in mapping 76,000 galaxies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Composer Franz Liszt's hotness is a matter of historical record. Such was his beauty, talent and benevolence, the Hungarian pianist was said to bring about states of 'mystical ecstasy' and 'asphyxiating hysteria' in his fans. Many doctors felt he posed a public health risk. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The former World Chess Champion G. Kasparov described Hungarian female chess player PolgΓ‘r as a "circus puppet" and said that women chess players should stick to having children. Later in September 2002, in the Russia versus the Rest of the World Match, PolgΓ‘r defeated Garry Kasparov. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jud…
Mark Hamill auditioned for the role of Mozart in the movie adaptation of 'Amadeus' after playing the role on broadway, but was rejected after a studio executive said, "I don't want Luke Skywalker in this film". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The Make-a-Wish Foundation granted a child to visit the set of Thor: Ragnarok. When Thor sees Hulk enter the arena on Sakaar, the child said Thor should say "He's a friend from work!" comicbook.com/marvel/news…
Mr. Rogers loved to fart in public to amuse his wife when they attended boring parties or gatherings. According to Joanne Rogers, "He would just raise one cheek and he would look at me and smile." She also said Rogers enjoyed listening to her tell dirty jokes mentalfloss.com/article/6…
When the Seinfeld finale originally aired on NBC, TV Land paid tribute by not programming any shows opposite it, instead showing an image of a closed office door with hand written notes that said, "We're TV Fans so... we're watching the last episode of Seinfeld. Will return at 10pm et, 7pm pt". screenrant.com/seinfeld-b…
Howard Stern mocked Selena's murder and burial, poked fun at her mourners, criticized her music and said that Spanish people had the worse taste in music. Stern then played Selena's songs with gunshots in the background on his show. wikipedia.org/wiki/Selena
When Wizards of the Coast bought TSR and D&D, they hired most of TSR's staff and moved them all to Seattle. They helped find new homes, hired movers, and helped those still paying rent in WI and WA. One said Wizards was doing everything but putting them on their backs and carrying them. geekandsundry.com/the-sto…
When filming the original Borat film, Sacha Baron Cohen never washed Borat's suit or wore deodorant when in character. He said it gave Borat a "kind of dreadful Soviet-bloc smell the moment I walk in". npr.org/templates/story/s…
Prince’s β€œBreakfast Can Wait” album cover features Dave Chappelle impersonating Prince. Chappelle said he had to appreciate the way his joke was co-opted. "That's a Prince judo move right there.” diffuser.fm/prince-breakf…
There is a demon found in Catholic lore that collects all the mispronounced words said by priests and puts them in a sack. That sack is later carried by the offending priests in hell. gallimaufry.typepad.com/b…
The actress who played the girl in the red jacket in Schindler's List was 3 at the time of filming. Spielberg asked her not to watch the film until she was 18, but she watched it when she was 11 and said she was "horrified" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
Ringo Starr refused involvement with a documentary about the life of singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson. This was odd considering the two had been very close friends. Starr said he turned it down because there are 3 people he finds it difficult to talk about: Lennon, Harrison, and Nilsson. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who…
Costco's hot dog has remained $1.50 since it was first introduced in 1984. After the company president complained they were losing money on it, CEO Jim Sinegal put his foot down. "If you raise [the price of] the effing hot dog, I will kill you," Sinegal said. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Professional basketball player Marvin Barnes, once refused to board a plane from Louisville to St. Louis. Because the flight was scheduled to arrive (Central Time) before its departure time (Eastern Time), Barnes famously said, "I ain't getting in no damn time machine." He rented a car instead en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
When the Eagles broke up in 1980, Don Henley said in an interview that they would play again together β€œwhen Hell freezes over.” 14 years later, the Eagles released their comeback album, Hell Freezes Over. wikipedia.org/wiki/Hell_F…
"All Along the Watchtower" was a Bob Dylan Song. Dylan said he was so "overwhelmed" by the more famous Jimi Hendrix version, that he started playing it that way. After Hendrix died, Dylan said playing the song felt like a tribute to Hendrix. dailyreview.com.au/hendri…
Today I learned of Tanzanian man Saniniu Laizer: a small-scale miner who found 3 rare Tanzanite gemstones which he sold to the government for 12.44 billion Tanzanian shillings. ($5.35 million USD). Laizer, who has 30 children, said it won't change his lifestyle of caring for his 2,000 cows. usatoday.com/story/news/w…
In 2014, Pope Francis said he would baptise Aliens if they asked. He did not want to close doors to green Martians with "long noses and big ears". In 2010, a papal astronomer also said he would baptise Aliens if they asked, he said "Any entity – no matter how many tentacles it has – has a soul.” independent.co.uk/news/wo…
The world record for longest stare (40 minutes, 59 seconds) was set in 2011 at an Australian staring competition. At 17 minutes, the crowd became angry. At 30 minutes, contestants said they were bored. medicaldaily.com/man-who-…
Louis Armstrong, an influential jazz figure, didn't receive formal musical training until he was arrested for firing a pistol at age 11. In there, the music teacher, Peter Davis, taught him how to play the bugle and cornet. In retrospect, Louis said that was when "me and music got married." history.com/news/9-things…
As a kid, Ice-T had his bike stolen. He told his father about it; he simply shrugged and said: "Well, then, you ain't got no bike." Ice-T then stole parts from various bicycles and assembled "three or four weird-looking, brightly-painted bikes" from the parts. His father never even noticed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
Merle Haggard was a 20 year old prisoner at San Quentin when he saw Johnny Cash play his first concert for inmates in 1958. Haggard said it helped turn his life around and inspired him to be a country artist. Cash always told Haggard, β€œYou’re everything that people think I am.” history.com/.amp/this-day…
Today I learned about Jimmy the Crow who appeared in over 1,000 features from the β€˜30s through the β€˜50s. He was trained in an assortment of tricks, such as typing, opening letters, and even riding a tiny motorcycle. Jimmy Stewart said he was the β€œsmartest actor” on the set of It’s A Wonderful Life. wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_…
H.R. Giger (the designer of the alien in Alien), once got stopped by Dutch customs because of his disturbing drawings, which they thought were photographs. Giger later said: "Where on Earth did they think I could have photographed my subjects? In hell, perhaps?" theguardian.com/artanddes…
As a child, Jane Goodall's father gave her a stuffed chimpanzee named Jubilee as an alternative to a teddy bear. Goodall has said her fondness for this figure started her early love of animals. Today, Jubilee still sits on Goodall's dresser in London. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan…
The Leeroy Jenkins video was scripted satire. "We didn’t think anyone would believe it was real" said the creator in 2017 kotaku.com/the-makers-of-…
Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter, said the only animal he was uncomfortable working around were parrots scientificamerican.com/ar…
ATM PIN numbers were originally supposed to be 6 digits, but the creator reduced them to 4 as his wife said she wouldn't be able to remember that many cnbc.com/2017/06/29/a-wif…
Stalin had a son who he hated and who was later captured by the nazis. The nazis thought they could use him as a bargaining chip to trade to his father Joseph in return for Nazi generals. In response, Stalin said, "I do not trade generals for soldiers" Stalin's son would later kill himself. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
In 2016 the writer of Dragonball Evolution formally apologized to fans of the franchise. He said that he approached the project with no passion and only wanted the money. He accepted full responsibility for the quality of the film and viewed it as a learning experience. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
The first public call made from an iPhone was made by Steve Jobs. He called a Starbucks and ordered 4,000 lattes; then said 'just kidding' and hung up. fastcompany.com/3006147/b…
There's no historical evidence that Marie-Antoinette ever said the phrase "Let them eat cake". britannica.com/story/did-…
Michael Jordan said the biggest benefit of playing on the Olympic 1992 Dream Team was that he learned more about his teammates' weaknesses. He later defeated Barkley, Malone, and Stockton in three NBA finals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/199…
Einstein once gave a note in lieu of a tip to a Japanese courier. The note said, β€œa quiet and modest life brings more joy than a pursuit of success bound with constant unrest”. It sold in 2017 for $1.56m. theguardian.com/science/2…
Trey Parker admitted to his own prejudice of Gingers. He said on the DVD Commentary to the South Park episode "Ginger Kids" he once ended a relationship with a girl whose mother had red hair. This was to avoid having any red-headed children of his own. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gin…
Benjamin Harrison before signing the statehood papers for North Dakota and South Dakota shuffled the papers so that no one could tell which became a state first. "They were born together," he reportedly said. "They are one and I will make them twins." grandforksherald.com/comm…
When Picasso died at the age of 91, he left more than 45,000 works. In 1980 the Picasso estate was appraised at $250 million, but experts have said the true value was actually in the billions. Picasso did not leave a will, the division of his holdings took six years among seven heirs vanityfair.com/culture/20…
Navajo Code Talkers were commended for the skill, speed and accuracy they demonstrated throughout WWII. One officer said, "Were it not for the Navajos the Marines would never have taken Iwo Jima". They were also assigned bodyguards to protect them from fellow Americans: or kill them if captured. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cod…
The 7-minute long shot in the Charlie Work episode of "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" was entirely filmed by camera operator Adam Sklena, without dolly tracks or a rig. "This is a man holding a camera who had to walk backwardsβ€”and we got it without screwing up on take 1," said Charlie Day. collider.com/charlie-day-…
Marilyn Monroe was once roommate with actress Shelley Winters, and they made a list of men they wanted to sleep with. "There was no one under 50 on hers," Winters later said. "I never got to ask her before she died how much of her list she had achieved, but on her list was Albert Ein-stein" mentalfloss.com/article/1…
Today I learned about the battle of bamber bridge 1943 an out break of racial violence between black and white american military personnel due to the white MPs trying to enforce jim crow laws the 3 pubs in the town responded by putting up signs that said black troops only blackpast.org/global-afri…
Jean-Claude Van Damme took up ballet when he was young, and has said "If you can survive a ballet workout, you can survive a workout in any other sport." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
Atari programmers met with Atari CEO Ray Kassar in May 1979 to demand that the company treat developers as record labels treated musicians, with royalties and their names on game boxes. Kassar said no and that "anyone can do a cartridge." So the programmers left Atari and founded Activision en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Act…
Queen Elizabeth II specifically asked to be in a James Bond skit with Daniel Craig for the Olympics, breaking royal protocol. When asked if she would like to say something she said, "Of course I must say something. After all, he is coming to rescue me." olympics.nbcsports.com/20…

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