Wayne Gretzky is the only Hockey player to have scored over 200 points in a season, and did so a total of four times. His stunning success as a Hockey player was immortalized in the fact that not only did is own team retire 99, Gretzky's Jersey number, but the league as whole did as well! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Way…
A 75-year Harvard study found close relationships are the key to a person's success. Having someone to lean on keeps brain function high and reduces emotional, and physical, pain. People who feel lonely are more likely to experience health declines earlier in life. cnbc.com/2016/12/15/75-ye…
Dave Thomas (the founder of Wendy's) was a high-school dropout. He was afraid his success would convince teens to drop out of school, so at age 60, he went back and got his GED. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
After writers described the character as "Tom Petty without the success," Mike Judge ventured to actually ask Tom Petty to voice Lucky in King of the Hill. Petty said yes and voiced the character for 28 episodes. ultimateclassicrock.com/r…
Despite the success of Power Rangers, the original actors were only paid $600/wk and did stunt work(pink ranger was almost electrocuted/set on fire) awwman.com/nps/main/2012/…
Various sequels to Space Jam were considered after its success, including Spy Jam (starring Jackie Chan), Race Jam (starring Jeff Gordon), and Skate Jam (starring Tony Hawk). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
George Michael wrote his hit single β€œCareless Whisper” at 17 years old out of sheer boredom while riding the bus to work. Despite its success, he was not happy with the song and in a 2009 interview with the Big Issue, he said he was β€œa bit puzzled why it made such an impression on people”. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
During the Great Depression Clifton’s Cafeteria eateries boasted the slogan β€œDine free unless delighted.” In the original restaurant’s first three months of business, ten thousand customers took him up on the offer. Enough customers paid their bills to make them a success. atlasobscura.com/articles…
The charity Citymeals on wheels was founded by mid 1900s American food icons, Gael Greene and James Beard. They started by spending $35,000 to provide 6,000 needy elders with Christmas dinners and the project's success inspired them. As of 2016 Citymeals had an annual budget of $20 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cit…
Walgreens found early major success during Prohibition, by filling whiskey prescriptions. wikipedia.org/wiki/Walgre…
Swedish band Roxette's success in the US is directly attributed to a Minnesotan who studied abroad in Sweden. He passed off their CD to a Minneapolis DJ and 'The Look' quickly became a fan favorite. Other stations followed suit and record label decided to take the act international. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rox…
Mike Judge was offered the American adaption of The Office by NBC after the unexpected success of his film Office Space. One review of the show stated "The Office succeeds where movies like Office Space fails" -- so he turned it down ew.com/movies/2019/01/11/…
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…
On December 9th 1944, the Nazi party held a celebration at Castle Varlar to display the power of the new V-2 rocket. In between launches, key figures were awarded medals for their success. All the while, the launched V-2 rockets were raining down horror on Belgium. guernicamag.com/v-2-and-s…
Many 80's and 90's era PC games with "Sid Meier's" in the title are not actually designed by Meier, but were instead part of an ongoing marketing campaign by MicroProse to promote their non-flight sim titles after the success of Sid's game "Pirates!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sid…
When John Landis wanted to cast Don Ameche as one of the Duke brothers in Trading Places, everyone thought he was dead. He hadn't been in a film in over a decade but Landis eventually found him. After the success of Trading Places Ameche filmed Cocoon and won an Oscar. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
When Stan Lee first introduced Spider-Man the publisher turned him down. Stan Lee didn't give up and snuck Spider-Man in to the last issue of the shuttered series Amazing Fantasy which went on to become a success. time.com/4117869/stan-lee…
Saskatchewan was a hotbed of LSD research in the 1950s with a 50% success rate in treating alcoholism and and architect using LSD used the infamous hospitals to make future institutions more comfortable for the mentally ill. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
Today I learned about Styles Hutchins, the first African American man to argue a case in a Georgia court. After his success in court, his client, Ed Johnson, was lynched, and Hutchins' law firm was burned down. Hutchins fled to Illinois, where he ceased practicing law and opened a barber shop. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sty…
Erno Rubik, inventor of the Rubik's cube, was an architect professor in the Budapest College of Applied Arts and created the cube to help his students understand 3D. Patented in 1975, it went on to become an international success. The cube was so hard that it took him a month to solve it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ern…
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…
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…
, the director of the Soviet atom bomb program, Igor Kurchatov swore he wouldn't cut his beard until the program succeeded. After the program's success, he continued to wear a large beard (often cut into eccentric styles) for the rest of his life, earning him the nickname 'Boroda' (β€œThe Beard”). atomicarchive.com/resourc…
Kanye West fell asleep at the wheel in 2002, causing a head on collision and shattering his jaw. Kanye then rapped Through The Wire with his jaw still wired shut, and its subsequent success kickstarted his career as a rapper. yahoo.com/lifestyle/kanye…
Today I learned about Junius Groves, a former slave who walked 500 miles from Kentucky to Kansas City, Kansas and became very wealthy after finding great success growing potatoes. zocalopublicsquare.org/20…
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…
In 2011, a 61 year old British taxi driver donated his body to science in order to be mummifiedβ€”to help scientists learn more about the process. It was a great success and Alan the mummy now lies in the Gordon Museum of Pathology at King’s College London. chemistryworld.com/career…
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…
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…
Businesses have their own version of β€˜frenemies’ called β€˜coopetition’. They rely on the success of their coopetitors for their own profits yet also hope the other company lowers prices allowing them to raise prices and appropriate that extra value. investopedia.com/terms/c/…
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/…
Today I learned of Adrienne Shelly an American actress, film director and screenwriter. She performed these roles on Waitress (2007) but was murdered before the film's release and subsequent success en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adr…
Today I learned about Lucas Radebe. He was transferred to Leeds United together with Philemon Masinga. He was only included in the deal to keep Masinga happy. The move wasn't a success but after a manager switch, Radebes career boosted. Big clubs wanted him and the fans/local brewery even named a beer after him en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luc…
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…
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…
, 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/…
, Michigan's famous Great Lakes Crossing mall's opening and success would draw people away from Summit Place Mall in nearby Waterford Township in the Pontiac area. The success of Great Lakes Crossing would be part of the reason for Summit Place Mall's demise, and eventual closure. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
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/
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…
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…
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
Because of the success of Disney’s film Ratatouille, pet rat sales surged in many countries. reuters.com/article/us-ra…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…

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