Macy's Department Store declined to be featured in the movie "Elf" because they didn't like the idea that there was a fake Santa working there and felt it would blow the illusion for kids. abcnews.go.com/Entertainm…
During the Prohibition era, the U.S. Government allowed Whiskey to be sold through pharmacies. As a result, Walgreens grew from 20 retail stores to almost 400. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Tesla requires buyers to purchase cars online to circumvent state laws that require car sales to be done through franchise dealerships. "Tesla Stores" exist only to educate potential customers and to deliver vehicles purchased online. thenewswheel.com/tesla-st…
Since 2014, Paul Rudd and Jeffrey Dean Morgan have been co-owners of Samuel's Sweet Shop, a candy store in the town of Rhinebeck, New York. They saved it from being closed after the previous owner, a friend of theirs, died suddenly. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
Fruit isn't always vegan. Many stores spray their fruit with shellac wax to preserve it, & shellac is derived from insects, making it non-vegan. independent.co.uk/life-st…
Credit Card Information can be stolen wirelessly from an arms length while you still have them in your purse. Thieves wirelessly scanned a credit card in a woman's purse while she exited her vehicle outside a Walmart store and then used it while she was still inside the store. abc11.com/mandy-lopez-hol…
Major Pentagon officials once called Five Guys and requested them to break their no delivery rule. Not only did they refuse, the restaurant's founder ordered a 22-foot banner saying "ABSOLUTELY NO DELIVERY" and hung it in front of the store. Business from Pentagon employees increased. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
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
During the US prohibition era, medicinal liquor was fraudulently exploited in many scams, one doctor cited for writing 475 prescriptions for whiskey in one day. Charles R. Walgreen, the founder of Walgreen's pharmacies expanded from 20 stores to a staggering 525 during the 1920s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Because the original Pac-Man game stores the level counter as an 8-bit integer, an overflow error occurs when reaching level 256. This causes the level map to only half load, rendering it unbeatable. Making it to level 256 was used as a mark of prestige amongst players. simple.wikipedia.org/wiki…
There are no such thing as kangaroo farms, all kangaroo meat served in grocery stores and restaurants around the world is sourced from wild populations choice.com.au/food-and-dr…
A fan drove three hours to deliver rapper, Boozie Badazz, a much needed dosage of insulin. She refused to accept payment and instead asked for just a photo. On her way home she stopped at a store, bought a scratch off ticket, and won $10,000. revolt.tv/platform/amp/ne…
A small NZ town worked together on a month-long search for local icon Rodney (a cat) who was unceremoniously dumped after a ten year stint at the local hardware store as greeter and mascot. nzherald.co.nz/whanganui-…
North Korea has its own smartphones for use in the nation, and users have to download apps at physical store locations where they can get only get government approved apps. businessinsider.com/north…
Research shows that mirrors in public places like retails stores will improve customer behavior by increasing self awareness. You won't act like a jerk if you had to watch yourself doing so. behaviouraldesign.com/201…
The supermarket Lidl released a 21-track compilation album in 2019 featuring common noises found in their stores. dummymag.com/news/swedish…
Today I learned about The Whole Shabang, a brand of chips initially only sold at prison commissary stores. The chips were so popular amongst ex inmates that it became a grey market commodity and finally was sold to the general public. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Of Rotary Jails, huge rotating carosel like jails that would "store" inmates in a large machine that would rotate to let them in and out. They were phased out partially due to inmates limbs being sheared off by the rotation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rot…
An Arkansas Christmas light display caused so much congestion, neighbors to the home filed a lawsuit to prevent two hour trips to the corner store. The owner of the display responded to the lawsuit by adding three million more lights. baltimoresun.com/news/bs-…
One Blockbuster store is still open registerguard.com/news/20…
Today I learned of Larry Ely Murillo-Moncada, a grocery store employee who went missing for 10 years, only to be found deceased behind the store's cooler. edition.cnn.com/2019/07/2…
Just 5% of salt is added at the table and only 10% of all salt comes from food freshly prepared at home. Restaurant meals and store bought foods - including crackers, breads and soups - account for over 70% percent of salt intake. webmd.com/food-recipes/ne…
The StarCourt Mall set from 'Stranger Things' was built inside Gwinnett Place Mall, a dying shopping mall in metro Atlanta. Set designers installed authentic signage and storefronts of 1980s stores. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwi…
Rotisserie chickens are often cheaper than whole raw chickens because grocery stores use them to bring more people into the store and also they are often made with poultry that is about to reach its best by date en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rot…
The first hard drive that could store 1 GB was made in 1980 by IBM and weighed the same as an average adult anaconda. It cost $40,000. pcworld.com/article/12710…
A Scottish shoplifter was arrΠ΅sted after pinching a bottle of vodka from a liquor store. He had left his name and phone number with the clerk, after asking her out on a date rd.com/list/dumbest-crimi…
There are more companies making pianos in China than there are piano stores in the USA. The largest piano manufacturer in China (Pearl River) has three factories in China, any one of which produces more pianos than all the new pianos sold in the USA each year livingpianos.com/where-ar…
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…
The plague doctor masks are not a crow face. They have that shape to store a container with herbs, the smell of it was supposed to fend off evil spirits nationalgeographic.com/hi…
In 1955, a local Sears store in Colorado Springs, CO, had an ad stating children can call Santa on Christmas Eve. The phone number listed was misprinted, and calls were directed to NORAD; thus starting a yearly tradition 9news.com/mobile/article/…
In 2017, Apple announced plans to demolish a historic Aboriginal art gallery to make way for one of their stores in Melbourne. After intense backlash from Australians, authorities rejected the plan. macdailynews.com/2019/04/…
Yams and sweet potatoes are entirely different vegetables. If you're American, you've likely never eaten a real yam in your life--most of the so-called yams you see in American grocery stores are actually orange-fleshed sweet potatoes bonappetit.com/story/diff…
A study showed that plants have the potential to store memory; a plant species that would close up when touched was repeatedly dropped. At first the plants closed on every drop but over time remained open because the drops did not harm them. They retained this memory even a month later. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Banana Republic started as a Safari & Adventure store youtube.com/watch?v=1GC-i…
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…
IBM introduced the first hard disk drive to break the 1GB barrier in 1980. It was called the IBM 3380 and could store 2.52GB (β€œ2.52 billion characters of information,” according to IBM). Its cabinet was about the size of a refrigerator and the whole thing weighed in at 550 pounds (250 kg). pingdom.com/blog/amazing-…
KFC only became a success in Japan after a junior store manager lied about whether Kentucky Fried Chicken was a staple of American Christmas atlasobscura.com/articles…
Abercrombie & Fitch store staff used to be required to buy and wear A&F clothing. However, a California labor regulator settlement led to the store staff being allowed to wear any no-logo clothing, as long as it corresponds with the season and style of the brand. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abe…
Harrison Ford got his ear pierced at the popular preteen store, Claire’s Accessories. After the piercing he signed a notepad to the woman who pierced his ear: "To Tavora. You made a hole in me. Harrison Ford." yahoo.com/entertainment/b…
All modern penicillin can be traced back to a single moldy cantaloupe from a small grocery store in Peoria, Illinois discovermagazine.com/heal…
Sand tiger sharks gulp mouthfuls of air to store in their stomachs to keep a neutral buoyancy level while swimming. nationalgeographic.com/an…
The Stasi would store collected sweat samples from interrogations and use dogs to match suspects with odors from crime scenes. deutsches-spionagemuseum.…
Unlike Santa's other reindeer, Rudolph is not in the public domain. The character was created for a U.S. department store in 1939. The original story remains under copyright, meaning the character can't be used without permission. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rud…
Spirit Halloween stores are owned by Spencer's since 1999. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
There are more payday loan stores in the US than there are Starbucks or McDonald’s research.stlouisfed.org/p…
Today I learned about James Edgar, a businessman who has been credited with being the one who first came up with the idea of dressing up as Santa Claus for Christmas. He started the tradition in 1890 in his Brockton, Massachusetts, department store. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
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…
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/…
In the early 90's offered a service called "Kidprint" where parents could take their children and a video cassette to a Blockbuster store and get a video recording of their children done for free. Police could later use this recording if the children were kidnapped or went missing sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-…
Some electrical producers store extra energy in giant rotating flywheels. energystorage.org/why-ene…

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