An unnamed 9-yr-old Girl Scout sold over 300 boxes of Girl Scout cookies in 6 hrs from her wagon in front of a San Diego marijuana dispensary in 2018. She followed in the footsteps of 13-yr-old Danielle Lei, who in 2014 sold 117 boxes of Girl Scout cookies in 2 hrs outside a San Fran pot shop. today.com/parents/girl-sc…
In March 2006 a man purchased an authentic official copy of the Declaration of Independence, one of 200 β€œofficial copies” commissioned by John Quincy Adams in 1820, for $2.48 at a Nashville, TN thrift shop. It later sold for $477,650 at auction. deseret.com/2007/6/22/200…
In 1998 a burglar stole a priceless diamond ornament originally belonging to empress Elisabeth of Austria, replacing it with a gift shop replica. Newspapers covered up the theft by claiming it had been speedily recovered and the fake remained on display for 10 years. secretvienna.org/sisi-los…
The deep-dish pizza was invented in 1943 when someone at the small pizza shop Pizzeria Uno in Illinois decided to make a pizza using a cake mold. tuscaneats.com/the-histor…
Ted Jorgenson abandoned his son shortly after his birth. A reporter managed to find Ted, who owns a bike shop, and asked about his son. He had no clue who his son was, and upon refreshing his memory Ted asked if he's still alive. His son ended up being the richest man on earth, Jeff Bezos. businessinsider.com/jeff-…
Employees are more likely to steal from their workplace than the customers who shop there are. losspreventionmedia.com/t…
A woman told an auto shop she had to cancel her service appt. as her car was stolen. One of the 3 Tulsa men who own the auto shop called her back the next day to tell her he & his buddies are chasing her stolen car. With TPD dispatch, they got her car back after after a 15 min chase. newson6.com/story/3033136…
Today I learned about the Berkeley Pit, a 270-metre deep US "lake" filled with liquid toxins and acid. Thousands of geese died upon landing in it one night; today, birds are scared off the site with gunshots. The state of Montana charges every visitor to the lake 2 dollars. It has its own gift shop. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
At age 113, Bernando LaPallo continued to shop for himself, cook, bathe, shave without any assistance from anyone to help him in and out of the shower. He generally slept by 9:30 and got up at 3:30 or 4 am blog.nationalgeographic.o…
Danny DeVito used worked as a hair dresser in his sister's beauty shop for six months when he was just 19. The salon was at a central place in New Jersey and he loved the female attention, though eventually decided he is better off moving to Manhattan and trying to find an acting gig. theguardian.com/film/2012…
Denny's began in 1953 as "Danny's Donuts," then was renamed"Danny's Coffee Shops." After learning there was a local chain called "Coffee Dan's," the founders, neither named Danny or Denny, changed the name to "Denny's Coffee Shops," and later just "Denny's." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Den…
Today I learned of Steve Leech, a milkman who was doing his rounds when he saw a shop on fire. He used 320 pints of milk to put out the fire, saving 7 other stores. He received the award for "Hero Milkman of the Millennium" telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne…
Thanks to Robert Trujillo (Suicidal Tendencies, Ozzy, and current Metallica's bass player), the family of legendary bass player Jaco Pastorius regained ownership of the bassist's "Bass of Doom" after having it stolen from a park bench in 1986, and resurfaced in a guitar shop in 2006. blabbermouth.net/news/met…
The actor who played the lead guitarist, Zack, in the movie β€œSchool of Rock” was arrested multiple times 15 years later for stealing guitars and amplifiers from music shops. variety.com/2019/film/new…
One of the oldest aquarium fish in the world was a black pacu named Buttkiss. Black Pacus are related to piranhas and generally live 20 years. Buttkiss lived at Cameo Pet Shop in NYC for over 40 years. npr.org/templates/story/s…
In the 80s a British Harrier pilot got disoriented and, with less than a minute of fuel remaining, successfully landed on top of a flower shop van on the deck of a Spanish cargo ship. The ship's crew were awarded over 500,000 pounds for the safe delivery of the Harrier to the Royal Navy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alr…
Venice banned Kebab Shops to preserve the decorum and traditions of the city. Measures were made to stop fast-food restaurants that were incompatible with the city's heritage. theguardian.com/world/201…
In 1995 McDonald's sued a topless sandwich shop in Melbourne, Australia called "McTits" to get them to change their name. chicagoreader.com/chicago…
In late 1970s Italy coins have become scarce so shops used candy, bus tickets, and telephone tokens as change until banks started issuing a kind of non-money replacement en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Min…
Today I learned about the 2005 IKEA riots in Edmonton, London. The new shop was open for only 30 minutes before a literal riot had broken out resulting in 5 hospitalisations and one stabbing. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/engla…
In Australia, burger king restaurants are called 'Hungry Jacks' as a small chip shop had claimed that name landlopers.com/2011/10/02…
Today I learned about Sgt. Siwash, the beer drinking duck who fought with the Marines in WWII, and received citations for battling a Japanese rooster. Siwash passed away in 1954 due to liver disease and their wake was held in a Chicago taxidermists shop. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
The town of Larkhall, Scotland has such a deep hatred for the color green that a Subway had to paint the outside of its shop black, green traffic lights are frequently vandalized and broken, green phone boxes were painted blue, and green railings were repainted red, white, and blue. independent.co.uk/news/uk…
Michael Myers terrifying mask in "Halloween" is based on William Shatner's face and was purchased for $1.98 from a costume shop. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal…
Slap Braclets were discovered by a substitute shop teacher, Stuart Anders, who was fidgeting with a self-rolling tape measure mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Between 1989 to 1992, Los Angeles watch merchant Lance Thomas was involved in 4 shootouts with armed robbers, killing 5 in exchange of being wounded 5 times but not severely. He eventually closed his shop to avoid further bloodshed two days before the 1992 L.A. riots broke out. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
Ozzy Osbourne spent six weeks in Winson Green Prison when he was unable to pay a fine after being found guilty of burgling a clothes shop; to teach his son a lesson, his father refused to pay the fine wikipedia.org/wiki/Ozzy_O…
In 1906, a Moroccan serial killer was sentenced to be walled up alive after he was found guilty of murdering 36 women (the bodies were found buried beneath his shop and garden). His cries for help were heard for two days before he went silent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imm…
Canada has bagel shops that run 24/7. nytimes.com/2019/11/26/wo…
The Keep Calm and Carry On posters were rarely used in WW2. The phrase only came to popular attention after a poster was found in a book shop in 2000 and put on display. london.ac.uk/about-us/his…
Today I learned of the Minneapolis Skyway System, a system of footbridges that connects shops, restaurants, and residential buildings over an area of 80 full city blocks. It allows residents to live, work, and shop without ever leaving the Skyway system. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Min…
David Cook, the founder of Blockbuster, started out supplying software to the oil and gas industries, but his wife made him enter the video business. He began by operating a franchise of Video Works, but when they refused to let him decorate his shop in blue and yellow, he went independent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blo…
Beate Uhse, before opening the 1st sex shop world wide, was a pilot in a German aircraft ferrying unit during WW2, flying, while occasionally being under attack, Stuka, Me 109 and even Me 262. April '45 she flew her son and his nanny on her own out of Soviet encircled Berlin to the west. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
Today I learned about Susan Sweney; a British pro-Nazi broadcaster in WWII, born in India. She was a Fascist, rumored Lesbian, and severe alcoholic. She survived two shipwrecks during WWII and was imprisoned by both Germany and Britain. Years later, she worked on a farm, and a pet shop in England. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sus…
If you're in a car accident, tow truck drivers will show up and attempt to tow your car to a shop that is paying the truck driver a "finders fee" for bringing them business. New or uninformed drivers, take heed. It could save you several thousands of dollars in tow and body shop fees. youtu.be/sOboCgIhcfk
Jimmy Carter still lives in the same $167,000 house he built in Georgia in 1961 and shops at Dollar General cnbc.com/amp/2018/08/22/j…
During World War II, at the urging of the US government, actress Veronica Lake changed her signature hairstyle because women working in war time machine shops were often injured when their long hair became tangled in machinery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ver…
A man once sued a dry cleaner’s for $67M over a late return of a pair of pants. He reduced it to $45 million in court. The case was thrown out multiple times, the man lost his job as he was a judge himself, and the dry cleaners was forced to close their shop due to court costs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pea…
A supermarket was closed down so that Michael Jackson could fulfill his dream to go to a supermarket and shop like everybody else and experience what it was like to β€œput things in a basket.” It was populated with his friends and family pretending to be fellow shoppers and employees. boingboing.net/2018/07/02…
In 2010 there were over 15,000 kebab shops in Germany, amounting to 2.5 billion euros in sales annually. independent.co.uk/life-st…
Today I learned of Australian serial killer William MacDonald. When he left a victim under his shop and fled to another city police failed to link it to the other murders and assumed the rotting corpse was MacDonald, who was declared dead en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Stalin's Granddaughter is a Buddhist that runs an antique shop in Portland, Oregon nypost.com/2016/03/17/sta…
Today I learned about Project Iceworm, a proposed 52,000 square mile large nuclear missile complex. By the time of its evacuation, it’s total length was 1.9 miles, and contained a hospital, a shop, a theater and a church. outrider.org/nuclear-weap…
Charles Dickens' stories were often published in a series with cliffhanger endings. When a ship arrived in New York Harbor carrying the next installment of "The Old Curiosity Shop", Dickens fans crowded on the dock screaming, β€œIs little Nell dead?" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cli…
Today I learned Willie Nelson has played the same guitar,β€œTrigger” for 50 years. It has been signed by friends, family, lawyers, and Johnny Cash. It was his last remaining possession twice. Willie has played it at over 10,000 shows and he gets it repaired every year at the same shop in Austin,TX youtu.be/b6IB0trJoJU
A man killed himself in public while at an open mic night at an Oregon coffee shop. Shortly before he stabbed himself, he played a song called "Sorry for all the mess." abcnews.go.com/Health/pub…
The first virus to hit computers running Microsoft's operating system came in 1986, when two brothers in Pakistan wrote a boot sector program now dubbed "Brain" - purportedly to punish people who spread pirated software. It displayed the phone number of the brothers' computer shop for repairs. smh.com.au/technology/fir…
Winnipeg has a Skywalk System, a network of pedestrian skyways and tunnels connecting a significant portion of downtown. It provides year-round climate-controlled access to over 200 shops, 700 apartment units, 2 hotels, and 11 financial centres en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…
There are "cuddle cafes"/ "co-sleeping shops" in Japan that let you sleep with a stranger for Y6,000 an hour: Soineya, Japan’s first β€œco-sleeping specialty shop,” started in 2012 - where customers can pay to sleep in the arms of a beautiful girlβ€”with no strings attached. japantoday.com/category/f…
The FBI has an entire fake town for training agents. Hogan's Alley has a bank, post office, hotel, laundromat, barber shop, pool hall, shops, and homes. The town is populated by actors who roleplay parts like bystanders, terrorists, bank robbers, and drug dealers so scenarios always change en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hog…
Long-distance telephone calling is called "STD" in the UK and that's why some shops advertise having STD in tourist destinations en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dir…
The shop of a village on the tiny island of Canna, with a population of just 26 people, was robbed. Thieves emptied the shelves and took 6 hand knitted woollen hats. The shop ran on an "honesty basis"- people would take stuff and leave money. independent.co.uk/news/uk…
Barbra Streisand has a shopping mall in her basement where she displays different categories of her things in different shops. harpersbazaar.com/culture…
The Taft-Hartley Act prohibits jurisdictional strikes, wildcat strikes, solidarity or political strikes, secondary boycotts, secondary and mass picketing, closed shops, and monetary donations by unions to federal political campaigns en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taf…
Paul Rudd and Jeffery Dean Morgan own Samuel's Sweet Shop, a candy store in Rhinebeck NY, which they saved from closing after the passing of its previous owner, a friend of theirs eonline.com/news/804252/f…
Today I learned of Lala the King Penguin trained to go to the fish shop alone youtu.be/LcpcMxmLtCQ
The original designer and performer of the Audrey II puppet in the β€˜Little Shop of Horrors’ stage musical is the guy who plays Snuffleupagus and Telly Monster on β€˜Sesame Street’ littleshop.fandom.com/wik…
In the 1950's, donut shops were some of the first food businesses commonly open late at night. They became hot spots for police working the night shift since it gave them a place to grab a snack, fill out paper work, or even just take a break. This is why donuts became associated with cops. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
There are more doughnut shops per capita in Canada than anywhere else on the planet. cbc.ca/archives/entry/the…
Tortoise jelly is available in some tea shops in China with big gold or silver pots. Called gwei ling go in Cantonese, the genuine stuff is made from powdered tortoise shell and can be as expensive as 300 HK dollars for a rice bowl's worth appetiteforchina.com/reci…
Ole Kirk Christiansen, a Danish carpenter, suffered huge losses after a fire broke out in his woodworking shop that made furniture. He descended into bankruptcy & decided to start making small wood items, including toys. He even renamed his company to 'leg godt' ('play well') or Lego. history.com/news/the-disa…
The mask worn by Michael Myers in the Halloween movie franchise was originally a mask of William Shatner’s face bought at a costume shop. It was modified during film production to the mask we know today. screenrant.com/halloween-…
Nashville's adult entertainment business β€” which peaked in the 1980s with a wide array of downtown pornography shops, peep shows and massage parlors β€” has been on a slow decline. In 2016, only four licensed strip clubs operated in Music City tennessean.com/story/mone…
Today I learned about Michael Gillespie, a computer repair shop employee who decrypts ransomware in his downtime and helps victims for free. The FBI honored him with a Community Leadership Award in 2017. chicago.suntimes.com/crim…
When Harry Winston was 12 years old, he bought a 2 carat emerald for 25 cents in a pawn shop after the owner had mistaken it for coloured glass. He sold it two days later for $800. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
In 2017, a famed green jacket from the Augusta National Golf Club was purchased for $5 at a Toronto thrift shop, then sold at auction for $139k thestar.com/sports/golf/2…
Danny Trejo was addicted to Heroin by age 12 and served time in San Quentin prison until he was 25. He's now been over 70 films and has a brand of restaurants, bars, and donuts shops valued around $100 million. All his businesses hire what he calls "second chancers" like he was. foxnews.com/food-drink/20…
There’s a theme park which offers children the experience of adulthood called KidZania. Instead of going on rides, kids can work in a variety of jobs, like fireman or pilot planes, and use their β€œsalary” in the gift shop or rent electric versions of luxury cars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kid…
Lucy's Law bans pet shops and dealers in England from selling puppies and kittens. It was named after Lucy, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who developed fused hips, a curved spine, bald patches and epilepsy after years of mistreatment in the puppy farming system. bbc.com/news/newsbeat-452…
Radio Shack still exists in the US, not only as an online store, but also having hundreds of physical retail locations, including Radio Shack Express shops inside HobbyTown stores. radioshack.com/pages/stor…
Capcom opened a butcher shop in London that sold mock human meat, including severed penises, to promote Resident Evil 6 pickyglutton.com/2012/09/…
The budget for the original 1978 film Halloween was so small that the actor playing Michael Myers was paid $20 per day and the original Michael Myers mask was purchased at a local costume shop for $1.29. The film grossed $47 million. looper.com/92497/untold-t…
Black travellers in the 1950s had their own guidebook to the US telling them where it was safe to stop, shop, eat and even stay the night. splinternews.com/this-195…
Today I learned about the early history of American souvenir shops. Prior to specialized gift shops, visitors often removed random aritifacts as mementos leading to decay. In an effort to combat this activity, George Washington's MT Vernon estate began making items for sale from select trees on site. pgavdestinations.com/2016…
The lazy cops-donuts stereotype was the exact opposite of its origin: cops used to frequent donut shops in the past because they need to have work done and donut shops were the only ones that are open really early in the morning (to prepare for the breakfast rush). time.com/4800386/donuts-d…
In the early days of drugstore ice cream counters and soda shops, medicine such as cocaine and heroin were added to drinks at the customers discretion. The sweet flavors helped cover up the bitter taste of the medicine. benfranklinrx.com/blog/ta…
There's a popcorn shop in Illinois that's 4 feet wide. littlepopcornstore.com/pa…
In June 2017, a tire shop in Fort Worth, Texas, was robbed so often that the owner bought a guard dog. The next time the shop was robbed, the intruders stole the dog. dallasnews.com/news/fort-…
While filming Mrs. Doubtfire, Robin Williams would walk through the streets of San Francisco in his full Mrs. Doubtfire makeup and costume, and on one occasion he visited a sex shop to buy a large dildo and other toys. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mrs…
Bubble tea shops are so profitable, even the japanese mob is getting in on it asiatimes.com/2019/06/art…
Singapore's crime rate is so low that many shops do not even bother to close the door when they close at night. cnbc.com/2018/01/16/singa…
There was a chain of 228 customers who paid for the person behind them in a Tim Hortons coffee shop thestar.com/news/canada/2…
Soft serve ice cream became popular after Tom Carvel's ice cream truck got a flat tire. He started serving the melting ice cream to vacationers. Two years later he opened his first soft serve ice cream shop at the same site where his truck broke down. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sof…
During the Blitz people tried to carry on working as usual and shops which had their windows blown out often put up humorous signs such as "We are still open - more open than usual". bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peop…
Frankfurt has a skyscraper designed in a traditional Japanese style. Its wide roof reminisces the shape of a Japanese stone lantern, while the ground floor is an arcade with shops and a Japanese restaurant en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jap…
The actor John Candy, famous for appearing/starring in such films as Stripes, Blues Brothers, Vacation, Splash, Little Shop of Horrors, Spaceballs, Planes Trains and Automobiles, Uncle Buck, Home Alone, Cool Runnings, etc, died at the age of only 43 (in 1994 within 1 month of Kurt Cobain). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The family of one of the jurors who acquitted Emmett Till's killers, owns the shop where Till was accused of whistling, and they refuse to sell the building to be fixed up, in a attempt to get people to forget what their family did. clarionledger.com/story/n…
Today I learned about Garlic Fingers, garlic bread w/cheese made on pizza dough, that every single pizza shop in Atlantic Canada has as a main menu item. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gar…
A man named Ted Jorgensen had abandoned his son at birth. Years later, he got a visit from a biographer walking in his bike shop. The biographer asked him about his son who he had never heard of up until that moment, Jeff Bezos. insideedition.com/headlin…
The Beatles in 1968 (the height of their career) they owned a clothing shop and if you called Paul McCartney would answer and respond to customer complaints youtube.com/watch?v=u97_i…
In Switzerland many farmers use self-service Honesty Shops to sell their products (and it works) businessfondue.com/2018/0…
Just inside the Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City is a tiny shop that is the world’s only surviving tattoo shop for medieval pilgrims. This is Razzouk Ink, a shop run by a family who have been involved in the cultural practice of inking marks of faith on pilgrims as far back as 1300. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Walt Disney created multiple fake companies (like M.T. Lott Real Estate) to buy Florida land in the 1960s. This let him acquire what is now Disney World while avoiding suspicion and keeping prices low. The stores on Main Street shop windows are the names of those original companies. themeparkinsider.com/flum…
Today I learned of Rafael; the co-founder of the Fix-It Shop on Sesame Street (along with Luis), who only appeared for one season. Rafael was played by Raul Julia. muppet.fandom.com/wiki/Ra…
Most runners/shoes fail the basic stability tests. Told by Podiatrist and tested a wall of shoes at a sports shop. youtu.be/GSguR12Tink
The large toy shop 'The Entertainer' is the only British retailer to not open on Sundays or sell toys the founder considers from the occult like Harry Potter en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Commemorative UK coins (such as Β£5 or Β£20) are legal tender, and can be spent as their listed value. However when purchasing these coins you will be spending more than the coins themselves would be worth in a shop. blog.royalmint.com/are-uk…
Today I learned of Chijon family, a South Korean gang who kill wealthy victims. They pick their targets by purchasing an exclusive department store's mailing list which contained names of the shop's 1,200 best customers who paid with credit cards. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
The Wright brothers may not have done what they did if not for a hockey accident that sent Wilbur Wright into a depression, causing him to cancel his plans of going to Yale, and eventually open the bicycle shop with his brother. biography.com/people/wilb…
Today I learned about Robert Antley, a bike shop owner who was waiting for burglars in his store. When they broke in, he was waiting with a gun where he made the men strip naked and brutally beat them for hours. wftv.com/news/local/burgl…

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