Jonny Quest, which first aired from September 18, 1964, was an almost instant success, both critically and ratings-wise but it was canceled after one season due to the animated show's high production costs. hollywoodreporter.com/hea…
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…
In 1966 after failing for 3 years to extinguish a gas well fire Soviet authorities decided to use a 30kt atomic bomb. It was detonated at a depth of 1,500m, crushing the well and extinguishing the flames in seconds. Following this success the same technique was use on 4 other well fires. energyglobalnews.com/1966…
Canadian singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards worked for years at being a successful musician. Although she saw plenty of success over the course of four records, she eventually burned out and retreated from the music industry and opened a coffee shop. The shop is called Quitters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kat…
Ricky Gervais was the singer in an angsty New Wave group in the early 80s. They released two singles but, excepting success in the Philippines, didn't quite take off, so it disbanded. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seo…
Today I learned about Liverpool band Big in Japan whose members, contrary to a normal supergroup, had relatively no success when together but later went on to found Frankie Goes to Hollywood, the Lightning Seeds, the KLF and Teardrop Explodes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
Animals are smarter and more aware than we think. Certain animals have passed the mirror test, thus proving they can identify themselves. Note that babies under the age of 18 months are unable to do this consistently (50% success) however as they age, they improve progressively. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mir…
, in 1990 Australian radio station Triple J, played N.W.A's 'Express Yourself' 82 times in a row in protest over its acting news editor Nick Franklin, getting suspended for playing N.W.A's 'Fuck The Police' on air. The protest was a success and Franklin had his suspension revoked. smh.com.au/entertainment/…
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…
In 1896, Bill Crush orchestrated the spectacle of smashing two trains into each other completely on purpose. Although no one was within 200 yards of the impact, the explosion from the steam engines killed two spectators and injured more. The event was considered a big PR and financial success. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Thanks to his Internet popularity, the child from the "Success Kid" meme made enough money to fund his dad's kidney transplant. globalnews.ca/news/287087…
After the success of Snow White, Walt Disney bought his parents a new home in Burbank. His mother frequently complained about the furnace, so Disney studio workers were sent to fix the broken furnace and failed resulting in Flora Call Disney dying in her sleep due to asphyxiation in 1938. disneydreamer.com/walt-di…
Childhood trauma is actually relatively common. 60% of the population experiences trauma by the age of 16. Research suggests childhood trauma has life-long impacts in the form of diminished health, financial and academic success, and social life. bbrfoundation.org/content…
Floyd D. Rose, the inventor of the Floyd Rose tune-locking tremolo used by artists like Van Halen, used the money from his success to go back to school for biotechnology and genetic engineering. youtu.be/DmCLWitfWx8
Rudolph Hass, the man who grew and patented the original Hass avocado tree, didn't make very much money despite its success as most people bought one single tree and then grew vast orchards from cuttings. He only made $5000 from his patent, and remained a postman his entire life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Has…
Claw machines are rigged,and the owner can program them to drop a toy after it gets picked up, giving you the illusion of near-success. vox.com/2015/4/3/8339999/…
In the 18th century, the King of Denmark-Norway ordered clergy to walk the lands as "potato priests" to promote the cultivation of potatoes by the peasants. The campaign was a success and the potato became "more important than the constitution". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pot…
Today I learned of the "Cyrano de Bergerac" play which was premiered in 1897 in Paris. Success was such that one full hour after the curtain was down, the audience was still applauding. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyr…
The Learned Pig was an attraction that debuted sometime around 1760 in London. It was trained to do math, tell the time, play cards and more. The pig was a huge success and inspired a number of imitations, including one pig in the States that was eventually accused of witchcraft. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lea…
The Energizer Bunny was introduced in 1988, 15 years after Duracell's bunny mascot, as a parody. The mascot's success led to a 1992 lawsuit which led to the energizer bunny being shown in the US and Canada, and the Duracell bunny in all other countries en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dur…
Because of the success of Disney’s film Ratatouille, pet rat sales surged in many countries. reuters.com/article/us-ra…
The reason it's difficult to break a dry piece of spaghetti in two pieces is due to a "snap back" effect. To have better success you must twist and bend the spaghetti at the same time. news.mit.edu/2018/mit-mat…
Huy Fong Foods (maker of Sriracha) has never advertised its products and doesn't employ a single salesperson β€” all their success is based on word of mouth. huyfong.com/history/
Today I learned about Kermit Roosevelt (grandson to Theodore). Roosevelt’s leadership was the single most significant factor in the success of the August 19 1953 coup in Iran, the first coup ever backed by the CIA, that the saw a democratic government overthrown and replaced with a dictatorship. mepc.org/review-essay-all…
When in the 80s cheaper brands were lowering Intel's market share, the brand didn't know how to convince users to buy Intel-based PCs. But one retailer told them it would be enough to just tell people computers had Intel chips - and their idea, "Intel Inside" campaign, was a big sales success. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
The success of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and its companion cartoon series led to the release of a breakfast cereal called Bill & Ted's Excellent Cereal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
4000 British troops sacrificed themselves and distract the German advance long enough for the evacuation of Dunkirk to be a success. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sie…
While the Wings single "Mull of Kintyre/Girls' School" broke the UK's single sales record and stayed at #1 for 9 weeks, it wasn't a success in the US - "Girls' School" only charted at #33, and "Mull of Kintyre" completely missed the Hot 100 chart. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mul…
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…
After Disneyland's success, NBC invited Walt Disney to build his 2nd theme park near Secaucus, New Jersey not far from NYC. Walt found out the NJ climate would not allow a year-round park, and Roy Disney suggested putting "some method of controlling the weather – a vast dome or some such thing." themeparktourist.com/feat…
The phrase "I have a bridge to sell you" comes from the exploits of George C. Parker, a comically skilled con man who was infamous for "selling" the Brooklyn Bridge and other scams with great success. theirishmob.com/george-c-…
During the first crusade, ~700 crusader knights routed an army of ~12000 with a head on charge. The Seljuq army, not expecting such an attack, tried to deploy with moderate success. But mass panic eventually led to a route. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
The due to internet popularity, Sammy Griner, the child from the 'Success Kid' meme raised enough money to fund his father's kidney transplant. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suc…
The bowler hat was the most popular in the American West, prompting Lucius Beebe to call the bowler, "the hat that won the West". The cowboy hat derives from the "Boss of the Plains" hat which was manufactured by J.B. Stetson in 1865 and was marketed to cowboys as a durable success symbol. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cow…
The robot in Rocky IV was originally built to help kids with autism and its success with Stallone’s own autistic son is how it ended up in the movie inquirer.com/philly/blogs…
High self-esteem has no impact or very little impact on a person's success. bbc.com/news/magazine-207…
The RAZR's success was actually detrimental to Motorola, as it led to them relying upon the RAZR and neglecting the need for technological innovation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mot…
A new study about Marshmellow Experiment which suggests that social and economic background, and not the ability to delay gratification, is what’s behind long-term success to the kids involved theatlantic.com/family/ar…
The father of the baby in the 'Success Kid' meme (the baby with a scowl with his fist balled up) needed a kidney transplant, and the family used the meme to raise over $100,000 to pay for the operation. abcnews.go.com/Health/dad…
Home Alone was originally financed/produced by Warner Bros. When the budget grew from $13 million to $18 million and no confidence of success, WB dropped the film, which was then picked up by 20th Century Fox. The film grossed $476.7 million worldwide (of which $285.8 million were from America). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hom…
The success World War II fighter ace Douglas Bader was put down to him having lost his legs in an aerobatics accident before the war, which allowed him to pull higher g-forces in combat turns without blacking out. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dou…
During the 2018 World Cup, Burger King released an advertisement promising to give a cash prize of $47,000 and a lifetime supply of whoppers to any Russian woman that got pregnant by a World Cup player to ensure Russia's success. usatoday.com/story/sports…
The pink panther cartoon show was created due to the success of the character in the opening credits of The pink Panther films en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
The epic historical film, Quo Vadis (1951), grossed $21 million at the box office in 1951, which is $210,000,000 today. It used 32,000 costumes and over 30,000 extras appeared. Its success is credited with saving "MGM" from bankruptcy. It was filmed at Benito Mussolini's film studio in Rome. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quo…
The dubstep violinist and dancer Lindsey Stirling was a competitor on America's Got Talent, where she was told by the judges that she wasn't good enough to both dance and play at the same time, and that she'd have more success as part of a group en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
Kate Bush, global art rock icon (e.g., 1978 hit "Wuthering Heights"), is pretty much unknown in the United States, despite her incredible success in the rest of the world (everyone of her albums having gone platinum in the UK) . npr.org/2011/08/16/139579…
While Alcoholics Anonymous claims the program, based on self-reported data, worked for 75 percent of people, a psychiatry professor from Harvard Medical School found the success rate to be actually only 5 to 8 percent. theatlantic.com/magazine/…
After his success in Terminator 2, Edward Furlong, 15 and his former stand-in and tutor, 28 year old Jacqueline Domac, began a relationship that lasted for a few years. His guardian, Sean Furlong filed a complaint against Domac, but was unsuccessful en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
It is estimated that approximately 70% of people at some point in their life will experience 'Imposter Syndrome', where they don't believe that they deserve their success and are worried about being found out as a 'fraud'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imp…
From 1983-85, there was a huge crash in the Video games industry. Market saturation was a factor, with too many competing consoles & games. Revenues went from $3.2 billion to $100 million, a 97% drop. Despite NES’s later success, the crash ended the 80’s generation of console gaming in the US. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vid…

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