Police are called to Walmart stores 3-4 times as often as they are to other big-box retailers like Target. 25% of all arrests in St. Petersburg, FL and 92% of larceny calls in Granite Falls, NC are attributed to single Walmart locations in each city. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
All modern penicillin can be traced back to a single moldy cantaloupe from a small grocery store in Peoria, Illinois discovermagazine.com/heal…
The British Library must store one copy of every single book published in the UK and Ireland. It houses over 200,000,000 publications, adds 6 miles (9.65 km) of new shelf space a year, and receives over 8000 new publications each day en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
A Marine sniper unit in Iraq became huge fans of Gilmore Girls. Near Christmas in 2005 one of them wrote to the show's creator about the lack of male clothing options in the show's gift store. Weeks later they received five boxes of Gilmore Girls jackets. thisamericanlife.org/606/…
Today I learned of the primordial pouch: a skin flap on the stomach area of some cat breeds which appears regardless of weight; it helps to store energy when a cat goes a long period in between meals, and to protect vital organs when involved in fights. sepicat.com/primordial-po…
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…
There are more payday loan stores in the US than there are Starbucks or McDonald’s research.stlouisfed.org/p…
After WWII, a small electronics shop was built in a bomb-damaged department store in Tokyo. The company, Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corporation, had only $530 and 8 employees. The company invented Japan's first tape recorder and, in 1958, changed its name to Sony. museumofmagneticsoundreco…
The band Genesis' debut psychedelic rock album "From Genesis to Revelation" was a huge flop, selling only 650 copies, mainly because record stores incorrectly placed the album in their "religious" section en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fro…
The actor who played Crabbe in the Harry Potter series was arrested for looting a drug store with a Molotov cocktail during the 2011 London riots and spent 2 years in prison en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
The CIA headquarters has its own Starbucks. It is one of the busiest Starbucks in the country, and the lines can stretch down the hallway. Its receipts say β€œStore Number 1” instead of β€œStarbucks,” and baristas don’t write names on the cups because the undercover agents felt uncomfortable. denverpost.com/2014/09/27…
Many plant stores hot glue fake flowers onto cactus succulentplantcare.com/do…
Today I learned of the Chelsea Drugstore, in London. Aside from having a bar, chemist, newsstand, record store and other amenities, there was a service called the "flying squad". People would have their purchases hand-delivered by women in purple cat suits riding motorcycles en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
In 1987 a group in Mumbai, India pretending to be CBI officers (Indian FBI) advertised and conducted interviews claiming to be hiring "Intelligence and Security Officers". 26 people were hired, and then they were used to "raid" (rob) a jewelry store. The group was never caught. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198…
Today I learned of the Felony Murder Doctrine, where any killing that occurs in the course of a dangerous felony can be charged against the felon as first-degree murder. This can lead to strange results. If you rob a store with your brother and he is shot by the clerk, you can be charged with his murder. law.cornell.edu/wex/felon…
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…
While the Tokyo Disneyland was a success, as Disney aligned to Japanese values of "cuteness", politeness, and gift giving, Disneyland Paris was initially a failure as the retelling of European folk-tales was seen as elitist and insulting, and it's stores were only selling "cheap trinkets" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sem…
The paper used in store receipts contains high levels of BPA, a toxic, cancer-causing chemical that can be absorbed through the skin. plasticpollutioncoalition…
Once a Queen ant has mated she nips off her wings and uses the energy from the flight muscles and fat reserves to lay her first batch of eggs before eating weeks later. She stores the sperm acquired during her nuptial flight for decades continuing to lay fertilised eggs for her entire life. theconversation.com/six-a…
In 1990 rap group 2 Live Crew’s album β€œAs Nasty As They Wanna Be” was ruled obscene by a Florida judge and was subsequently banned. Record store owners and employees were arrested for selling the album. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
Einstein’s theory of special relativity explains why a star can burn for billions of years without running out of fuel. If you can measure potential energy by multiplying mass by the speed of light squared, that means an average adult stores 30 large hydrogen bomb explosions worth of energy. iperceptive.com/works/sho…
The founder of Toys-R-Us, Charles Lazarus, died a week after Toys-R-Us announced it would be forced to close its retail stores. cnet.com/news/toys-r-us-f…
Jcpenney attempted to end its store coupons in 2012 choosing to instead offer its products at highly reduced prices, making coupons unnecessary. It failed miserably and coupons were reinstated because customers needed to feel like they're getting a good deal even if prices are artificially high reuters.com/article/us-jc…
There is a store in Alabama where you can buy items found in unclaimed airport baggage insider.com/unclaimed-bag…
Family Video still operates over 500 stores in the US and Canada. They own the real estate where their stores are located and they own all of the media they rent out so they keep all of the profits. This is why they were able to outlast other video rental businesses like Blockbuster. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fam…
Not only is there a Global Seed Vault at Svalbard, GitHub also has an Arctic Code Vault there where they plan to store all public repositories on GitHub for future generations in an archive built to last a thousand years youtu.be/fzI9FNjXQ0o
Ladybugs eat gnats! It's easy to buy ladybugs in stores, online, etc. maximumyield.com/free-you…
A recent development in Hoarding Disorder is the hoarding of data. This is where someone stores huge amounts of electronic data and emails that they're extremely reluctant to delete. nhs.uk/conditions/hoardin…
China is the first and only country that's currently constructing a national forensic DNA database. They aim to collect and store genetic profiles of 10% of the country's male population, which can be used to construct genetic links to China’s entire male population, roughly 700 million people. aspi.org.au/report/genomi…
In 2004 Singapore Airlines started flying between Singapore and Newark, the longest commercial route in the world at the time. After concerns from medical experts about the 18-hour flight time, the airline had special lockers installed to store the corpses of any passengers that died en route. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
A Kentucky man escaped from jail after a friend of his faxed the prison a false demand for his release from a grocery store. It took two weeks for the authorities to realize their mistake and start looking for him. He was found at his mother’s house. theguardian.com/world/200…
In 1995, the Blockbuster video rental chain had more than 4,500 stores. The company made $785 million in profits on $2.4 billion in revenues: a profit margin of over 30 percent. Much of this profit came from "late fees" on overdue rentals smallbusiness.chron.com/m…
A small Apple store in Delaware sells more Iphones than any other store in the US because of its proximity to neighboring metropolises and tax-free shopping. appleinsider.com/articles…
In 1986 a Dallas Kroger store hosted a singles night, literally a β€œmeet market” dallasnews.com/news/2018/…
The largest distributor of toys is not some toy company or store but rather McDonald's. 20% of all sales (Happy Meals) include a toy. It's 1.5 billion toys each year worldwide. huffpost.com/entry/mcdona…
In 1996, as a loss-leading tactic, British supermarkets competed so heavily on the price of baked beans that one store decided to sell them for MINUS 2p. This period is referred to by economists as The Bean Wars. youtube.com/watch?v=JGI4R…
The Monster Energy company was founded by Hansens Soda, the people who make the natural cane soda sold in many health stores en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
The Soup Nazi from Seinfeld is a real person, Ali Yeganeh. Yeganeh hates the eponymous episode and blames Jerry Seinfeld for β€œruining his business,” going so far as to throw Seinfeld out of his store. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
β€œNatural" Boner Pills (Male Enhancements) such as you find at gas stations are completely unregulated. The β€œbrands” are just generic packaging with pills filled with random Chinese bulk powders by anonymous local people β€œdistributing” to the stores. youtu.be/3WooOIPcRI0
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…
Over 3,800 Ancient artifacts, including cuneiform tablets and cylinder seals, were smuggled into the United States and shipped to Hobby Lobby Stores before being discovered by ICE and returned to the Republic of Iraq. ice.gov/news/releases/ice…
An optical disc called Holographic Versatile Disc was developed that can store up to 6TB of data but never appeared in the market. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hol…
Boris Yeltsin's (First president of the Russian Federation) faith in communism was shattered after a trip to a grocery store in a Houston Suburb in 1989. chron.com/neighborhood/ba…
The infamous Heaven's Gate cult supported themselves by doubling as a moderately successful web design firm. Their clients included the San Diego Polo club and a Christian music store. vice.com/en_us/article/pg…
Today I learned about the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a secure seed bank in Norway designed to store duplicates (backups) of seed samples from the world's crop collections in case of natural or human-made disaster en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sva…
Trader Joe's hides a stuffed animal in a majority of their stores and if your child finds it they get a prize thekitchn.com/trader-joes…
Both America and Australia have major store chains called Target, despite them being completely unrelated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
The secret to the Cinnabon smell is their proprietary cinnamon blend, called Makara. You can buy it at most Cinnabon stores. bonappetit.com/story/cinn…
The world's largest retail store (by square footage) is Shinsegae Centum City Department Store in Busan, South Korea, with 3.163 million square feet. thebalancesmb.com/largest…
Today I learned about Bodega Cats, which are the traditional pets kept by several convenience stores in New York City. They act as a form of pest control in stores that are especially prone to rodent infestations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bod…
A gang of brilliant French thieves used a vacuum cleaner to steal $800K from a bunch of grocery stores. The stores used a pneumatic tube system to convey their cash payments to their safes. They broke in and used the vacuum cleaner to suck the money out of the store vaults. historycollection.co/grou…
Despite having a PHD in statistics, Carl Gugasian, the most prolific bank robber in American history AKA the Friday Bank Robber, chose a life of crime because he feared that he would never find a job due to spending 2 years in prison as a teenager for robbing a candy store. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Scientists believe that younger Sand Dollars sift through sand and ingest small grains Magnetite, an iron-rich deposit found in the ocean. These Sand Dollars will then take these grains and store them in chambers inside their body to help weigh them down and keep them from floating away. kqed.org/science/1932072/…
Abraham Lincoln's interest in law starts at the bottom of a barrel. Lincoln was running a store when he bought a barrel full of rubbish from a traveler. Upon emptying the barrel Lincoln found a complete set of 'Blackstone's Commentaries' which he spent more time reading than manning the store. gutenberg.org/files/22925…
The extravagant 80's & 90's Queen of Color Lisa Frank had an official club with mail-out catalog, store in the Tucson mall, and even an amusement park planned! tucsonweekly.com/TheRange…
There is a "World’s Smallest Target Store" in Marathon, Texas. An unknown person painted a bullseye and the word Target on the side of a former railroad structure and turned it into an art installation. texashillcountry.com/smal…
Boris Yeltsin made a unplanned stop at a grocery store in Texas after visiting the Johnson Space Center. He was so amazed by what they had in the store compared to the USSR, it lead him to leave the Communist party and tried make massive economic reform in Russia nhregister.com/neighborho…
Hamley's flagship store in Regent Street, London, is the largest toy shop in the world (7 floors covering 54,000 square feet) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ham…
There are 44 Kmart stores still in operation, with 6 in Puerto Rico, 4 in the US Virgin Islands, and 1 in Guam en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kma…
Medicine cabinets are one of the worst places to store medicine because of the high temperatures and humidities of bathrooms abcnews.go.com/Health/Hea…
In 2018, a man plotted to plant small bombs in Target stores disguised in food packages. His goal was to create bad publicity for Target, which would lower stock prices and allow him to buy cheap shares before they rebounded. He was caught after paying someone else to plant the bombs. nbcnews.com/news/us-news/…
In 2011, Criminals in France stole over 6000 copies of Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 from trucks delivering them to game stores. They later did it again on the same day. engadget.com/2011-11-06-r…
The International Space Station can store up to 2,205 lbs. of garbage before it is sent back to Earth or burned up on commercial transport during re-entry. space.com/41131-nasa-tack…
IKEA allowed a giant hide-and-seek game in a store for the 30th birthday of a woman who planned the meet-up on FB; over 1K people signed up to play. More hide-and-seek parties popped up on FB including 19K signing up in Amsterdam. IKEA no longer allows hide-and-seek in their stores. fastcompany.com/90399077/…
Intermarche supermarkets in France offered a 70% discount on Nutella, bringing the price down from €4.50 to €1.40. This led to riots & violence in stores. One customer claimed 'They are like animals. A woman had her hair pulled, an elderly lady took a box on her head, another had a bloody hand.' bbc.co.uk/news/world-euro…
In 2004 actor Paul Walker secretly purchased a $10,000 engagement ring for a U.S. military veteran. Paul was at a jewelry store & overheard a couple talking about a ring they loved but that was too expensive. Paul quietly put the ring on his tab and walked out of the door. nydailynews.com/entertain…
An undercover investigation found that Apple charges $1200 for a computer repair that a local repair store was able to fix in 1 minute and charged $0 for. youtube.com/watch?v=_XneT…
Today I learned of king penguin, Lala who was injured and nursed back to health in Japan. He didn't leave so the family adopted him and lived in a air-conditioned room. He walked around the neighborhood and got himself fishes from the store. He lived with the family for 10 years before dying of old age in 1996. youtu.be/11xs9mFKObs
Teri Horton, the woman who purchased a painting by Jackson Pollock worth $50 million in a thrift store for five dollars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who…
I learned about the Delft Thunderclap, an explosion in Delft, Netherlands where a gunpowder store exploded, destroying much of the city and killed Rembrandt's most promising student, Carel Fabritius and destroyed almost all of his works. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Del…
Samsung used to be a grocery store at first , and became the giant of electronics after 1969. britannica.com/topic/Sams…
In 1978 a punk rock band called The Rotters released a song called "Sit On My Face Stevie Nix". The band Fleetwood Mac was pissed off about it, and tried to get radio stations, record stores and clubs to boycott them. forums.stevehoffman.tv/th…
A cat's tongue is a high tech comb. The spikey things on their tongues are hollow so it can store saliva and transfer it to the skin through its fur. nationalgeographic.com/an…
Today I learned of the 2003 Monkeypox Outbreak, in which there were no documented human-to-human transmissions. Instead, all 71 afflicted parties got infected from prairie dogs. The prairie dogs were likely infected by Gambian pouched rats while they were housed at the same Illinois exotic pet store. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
Today I learned of a town in the state of Arizona named "Nothing", which, fittingly, has a population of zero, although it once had a gas station, a small convenience store and at its height, 4 people living there onlyinyourstate.com/arizo…
Today I learned about Vinnytsia, a town in Ukraine that was built as a fake American small town to train Russian spies during the Cold War. It Even included a population of retired deep cover agents to pretend to be American policeman and grocery store clerks. youtube.com/watch?v=Obzqv…
Some bacteria can be visible to the naked eye! Thiomargarita namibiensis can grow up to 3/4 of a millimeter (750 ΞΌm) due to a cavity that is used to store, and later convert, nitrate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thi…
Alan Turing proposed gin (the alcohol) as a medium in which to store data in a computer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Del…
Microfilm, a way to store documents by photographing them and reducing the size of the photograph up to 99% of the original. Is surprisingly robust, being difficult to destroy and can apparently last up to 900 years. cultureandcommunication.o…
After receiving a bad review on his book The World Rose, author Richard Brittain tracked down the reviewer's name and place of work from Facebook, took a train from England to Scotland, went to the store where she was working, and attacked her with a wine bottle. bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-…
Today I Learned about Pirate Joe's, a popular specialty grocery store in Vancouver Canada that exclusively resold Trader Joe's products the owner bought in the US (Canada does not have TJs) which he did via weekly trips in an unmarked van to various locations that he became banned from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pir…
Those strip of bumps that shake your cart as you leave a store are there to tell blind people they're walking into an area with vehicle traffic (parking lots, streets, etc). They're called Tactile paving en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tac…
The music video of the song "The Reason" by Hoobastank, is actually supposed to simulate the band members robbing a store. The car crash shown at the start is a diversion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Camels can drink up too 40 gallons of water in one sitting and they do not in fact store water in thier humps, They store fat, which is used for energy when travelling long distances without food and water, they also have 3 eyelids and 2 sets of eyelashes to combat the sandy desert conditions. softschools.com/facts/ani…
Dominos Pizza awards all store managers who achieve $25,000 in sales a week for four consecutive weeks with a customized Rolex watch, in a contest called "The Rolex Challenge". nypost.com/2016/11/18/yes…
Fireworks are totally illegal in Florida, but are sold to ordinary people in huge quantities via hundreds of stores across the state to anyone who signs a waiver saying they're for agricultural use to scare birds away from crops. tampabay.com/features/con…
On four separate occasions, British retailer B&Q has had to recall sonic mole repellers in its Northern Ireland stores after being informed there are no moles in Ireland. randall.ie/b-q-moles-irel…
In 1687, the Parthenon in Athens exploded when it was hit by a Venetian mortar round in a war between Venice and the Turks. The building was being used by the Turks to store gunpowder. One account says the Turks did not expect the Venetians to target such a historic monument. 300 people died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
In Japan, establishments like banks & convenience stores visibly keep baseball-sized orange orbs behind the counter. These β€œanticrime color balls” are filled with bright pigment that burst on impact & are for employees to lob at robbers (or getaway vehicles) to improve the chance of arrest. japantimes.co.jp/news/200…
In 1955 Henry Winokur worked with brother-in-law William Rosenberg to found Dunkin’ Donuts (now Dunkin’). In 1956 he broke his partnership with Rosenberg and founded Mister Donut with his son-in-law. Today Mister Donut is the largest donut chain in Japan with over 1,300 stores. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
Costco purposefully designed their store without signs to force people to wander through all the aisles and find things to buy. npr.org/sections/money/20…
Before the advent of refrigeration "ice houses" were used to store ice, sometimes from nearby freshwater sources during winter, and sometimes from the "ice trade" where ice was imported from colder countries. Often locally sourced ice would stay frozen until the following winter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
Today I learned about the Bombadier Beetle. The beetle stores two chemicals (hydroquinone and hydrogen peroxide) in its abdomen and, when threatened, mixes them and ejects them from their abdomen in a chemical spray (with a popping sound!) that can reach boiling temperatures. nwf.org/Educational-Resou…
In the northernmost Canadian territory of Nunavut grocery store prices are so expensive that a 3.5L container of orange juice costs $26.29. Prices soar even higher in the winter when all food must be flown in and ferries are unable to operate. huffingtonpost.ca/entry/f…
Richard Dominick, the man responsible for much of the success of the Jerry Springer Show, Hardcore Pawn, Bait Car, etc. was also a reporter for "The Sun" grocery store tabloid and swore on David Letterman's show that all the stories reported are 100% true. youtube.com/watch?v=ed3Ly…
Tiffany & Co, a luxury jewelry and specialty retailer, started out as a stationery and fancy goods store truefacet.com/guide/histo…
In high concentrations Glycerol sweetener is used to store skin grafts because it kills even extremely resilient viruses such as Herpes. At high concentrations it kills off viruses within a week. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7…
I learned that an art historian watching the movie Stuart Little in 2009 recognized a prop in the background as a lost painting by the Hungarian artist RΓ³bert BerΓ©ny. The film's set designer had found the work at a California antiques store for $500; it eventually sold at auction for €229,500. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R%C…

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