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…
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…
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/
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 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 south-asian kingdom of Bhutan uses GNH (Gross National Happiness) to measure its growth and success, instead of GDP (Gross Domestic Product). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gro…
Pepperidge Farm (cookie brand) was founded by a woman named Margaret Rudkin. She got into baking due to her son's severe asthma and his allergies to most processed foods. After her success selling her baked goods, she sold the company to Campbell's and became their first female board member. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pep…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
By far the most successful predator with a 90-95% success rate when hunting, is the dragonfly. This is in large part due to a combination of very high speed and their ambush strategy, allowing them to rush down insects before they know what to do. naturallynorthidaho.com/2…
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…
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 financial industry is rushing to embrace artificial intelligence to help in areas including trading, investing and automating interactions with customers. Most banks are at least piloting AI in equity research, but with varying degrees of commercial success at this point business.financialpost.co…
Gardeners have attempted to breed blue roses for centuries - without success. Researchers managed to give white roses a tint of blue but still cannot produce natural blue roses. phys.org/news/2018-10-blu…
Up to 1,500 raccoons were imported to Japan as pets each year after the success of the anime series Rascal the Raccoon (1977). In 2004, the descendants of discarded or escaped animals lived in 42 of 47 prefectures. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rac…
Sega sold their own line of rear-projection TV’s in the 70’s. It was called the SEGA Vision and came in 3 different models with two size choices, 44 and 50 inch. While it never reached commercial success it did end up as a prize on an episode of The Price Is Right segaretro.org/Sega-Vision
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 Deer Hunter" in 1978 was the first film to use Oscars as a marketing tool. Being too depressing for the box office, it did screenings for film critics and Academy members. It gained nine nominations and won Best Picture, and then that was used to make it a commercial success. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osc…
Paul Newman, while attending a small college in central Ohio, began a laundry service out of his dorm room. Newman’s Laundry and Dry Cleaning Service was a success, earning the young entrepreneur the nickname β€œThe Laundry Man of T-Barracks” in 1949. kenyon.edu/middle-path/st…
The sale of condoms in the colours of the Australian Aboriginal flag won a public health award in 2005 for the initiative's success in improving safe sex practices among young Indigenous people. abc.net.au/news/2005-11-1…
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…
Gunnison Colorado was one of the few success stories during the Spanish Flu. Not a single person had died in that town while other towns around it were ravaged. gunnisontimes.com/content…
In 2017 Glastonbury Festival had to add pineapples to their list of contraband following the success of Glass Animals and their song Pork Soda, which contained the lyric "Pineapples are in my head" and caused fans to bring the fruit to live performances en masse bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-eng…
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…
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…
Researchers are able to predict the long-term success of professional Wall Street investors by analyzing their genomes. stockpigs.com/2019/03/13/…
Following the success of the show Money Heist, several real-life robbers wore the show's red costumes and DalΓ¬ masks during their heists or copied the fictional characters' ideas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Today I learned of the ancient Greek stoic philosopher Chrysippus of Soli, who initiated the success of Stoicism. He died of laughter at the age of 73 after witnessing a donkey eating his figs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
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/…
Despite being a massive success in Japan, Dragon Quest I sold so poorly in America, it was given away free with subscriptions of Nintendo Power. The promotion was so successful, Nintendo employees who sent out the game received a shirt saying, "I survived the 1990 Dragon Warrior mailing." usgamer.net/articles/why-…
The Beatles' success contributed to the development of the CT imaging technique. The revenue from their record sales enabled EMI to invest further in research, leading to the creation of the first CT scanner. radiologic.theclinics.com…
Today I learned about Juan Pujol GarcΓ­a, a double agent who tricked German leaders about the date and location of the invasion of Normandy which lead to its success. He was notable for having received distinction from both sides; the Iron Cross from the Nazis and membership of the Order of the British Empire en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jua…
80s band Flock of Seagulls was not a one-hit-wonder. The success of "I Ran" was concentrated in the US and Australia. A later song, "Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)", was a bigger hit in most other markets and did quite well in the US too. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wis…
At the height of Van Halen’s success with Diamond David Lee Roth, Roth had his penis insured with Loyd’s of London. Since others in the group were getting vital body parts insured, he insisted that β€˜Little Elvis’ ought to be insured as well because he too would be used heavily on tour. huffpost.com/entry/david-…
Today I learned that Activision is the first 3rd party video game developer and brought about the Video game crash in the 80s largely because of too many developers wanting to follow in the company's success en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Act…
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…
After the Success of Atari 2600 games. Quaker Oats released 13 games for Atari 2600. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S…
Martin Couney set up infant incubator shows at Coney Island, Atlantic City and World's Fairs, charging 25c to view premature babies. He offered free care for 'weakling babies', proving the success of incubators. He saved over 6,500 babies from ~1900-43. daily.jstor.org/coney-isl…
The snow bunting is the most northerly passerine in the world. Unlike most passerines, the snow bunting has feathered tarsi, an adaptation to its cold harsh environment. Males that sing more frequently are preferred by females since it indicates greater foraging success and overall health. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sno…
The kid in the "success kid" meme is sometimes embarrassed by his fame, and he also raised over 100K for a kidney transplant for his dad, made easier when people realized who he was. youtube.com/watch?v=_odcU…
Although being a giant box office success, movie theater business was less enthused about the movie "A Quiet Place" because the ambiance of the movie was such that any type of loud eating was shamed leading to people not buying any food. Cinemas normally earn more from food than tickets. theguardian.com/film/2018…
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles initially started off as a single-issue self-published parody by its two creators, parodying Daredevil and similar comics. It slowly but surely achieved mainstream recognition after it was noticed by a licensing agent, and became a major bestselling success. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tee…
Today I learned of Ludwig Gertsch, one of Australia's most high-profile unsolved homicides. In 1990, after inheriting the multi-million estate of his deceased lover - a gay businessman key in establishing Sydney's scene - Gertsch's body was found by the Blue Mountains. The case reopened in 2006 without success. news.com.au/national/a-ki…
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…
Universal Studios, United Artists, and Disney rejected to get involved with "Star Wars" due to budget concerns or believing it wouldn't succeed due to being too strange. Only 20th Century Fox agreed because they wanted to form relations with George Lucas after his success of "American Graffiti". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
The success rate for CPR is nowhere near as high as it is portrayed on TV. In some cities it can be as low as 5%. bbc.com/future/story/2014…
Jackie Coogan, the silent film child actor who was famously exploited by his parents for his earnings, found renewed screen success later in life playing Uncle Fester on the Addams Family en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unc…
"the American Dream is a set of ideals (democracy, rights, liberty, opportunity & equality) in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity & success, as well as an upward social mobility for the family & children, achieved through hard work in a society with few barriers." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
The kid who appeared on Placebo's debut album cover attempted to sue the band in 2012 for 'ruining his life' due to bullying following the records success theguardian.com/music/201…
The author of The Witcher sold the rights to his works to CD Projekt Red for a lump sum of $9,350, as he didn’t think the franchise would be successful. After the video game series became a success, he sued for $16.1 million. winteriscoming.net/2019/0…
'Big in Japan' a punk band from 1970's Liverpool are an example of a 'Reverse Supergroup' where various members went on to find fame and success only after leaving the band en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
The Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, established in 2007, is the first university in Asia to be solely dedicated to the study and research of Outer space. Students created a Sounding Rocket in 2012 and the mission was a total success en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…
Tom and Jerry producer Fred Quimby, though not involved in the creative process, took all credit for the cartoon's success. Each time the cartoon won the Academy Award for Animated Short Film, he accepted the awards without inviting the animators, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, onstage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
Personality has a larger effect on success than IQ. bloomberg.com/view/articl…
The success rate of usable DNA extraction is relatively high in paleofeces, making it more reliable than skeletal DNA retrieval en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal…
There was a study where men and women asked people on campus whether they would like to sleep with them. The women had a 75% success rate, the men had 0% www2.hawaii.edu/~elaineh/…
Today I learned about Lonelygirl15, one of the earliest successes on Youtube less than 2 years after launch: what seemed like an authentic teenage girl's vlog was actually a scripted series that kept its fictional status hidden for several months, and stayed a success even when people learned it was scripted en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
Jeopardy was canceled twice before the current incarnation of the show. It ran for 11 years before it was canceled & the reboot only lasted 3 months. Alex Trebek was a producer who made the show "his own" leading to it's current & longtime success. goodhousekeeping.com/life…
The first "junk playground" opened in Copenhagen in 1943 under German occupation. It had three components: a vacant lot; donated scraps; and a single adult supervisor, who β€œwas available only for guidance and was key to the success of the playground.” theatlantic.com/health/ar…
Isaac Newton poked around the back of one of his eyes with a large sewing needle and recorded how it changed his vision, as part of a self experimentation. He deemed it a success and wrote it up with a detailed diagram. psmag.com/social-justice/…
After the massive success of his #1 hit "Somebody That I Used to Know", singer Gotye stopped recording solo music, went back to his old band and hasn't released another song under the Gotye name ever since. iheartradio.ca/news/gotye…
The Revenue generated from the success of Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" helped fund the production of Monty Python and the Holy Grail rollingstone.com/music/mu…
The venom from the Brazilian Wandering Spider contains a protein (PnTx2-6) that has been found to induce priapism (a persistent, long lasting erection). In 2011, a research study was conducted using this protein to treat erectile dysfunction with success found in treating mice. medicalxpress.com/news/20…
New Kids On The Block was created out of spite. New Edition separated with their producer/promoter over a legal dispute and that producer/promoter was convinced he can achieve greater success if he can find boys that can sing, rap, and dance as good as New Edition except white. biography.com/news/new-ki…
In the longest-running study of gifted children ever, scientists followed 5,000 kids who tested in the top one percent of intelligence for over four decades. It suggests that early cognitive intelligence has more effect on success than deliberate practice or outside factors cnbc.com/2017/11/10/longe…
New Line Cinema gambled their entire company on the success of the Lord of The Rings franchise, by committing to all three films for > $270M up front. nytimes.com/2001/12/12/mo…
Between 1982 and 1995, Robert Goldman asked athletes in power and combat sports if they would take a performance-enhancing pill that would grant them overwhelming success in their sport, but kill them in 5 years. More than half said yes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol…
The Bald Eagle (the national bird of the United States) is one of the greatest conservation success stories ever. Populations dwindled in the 1900's due to the insecticide DDT which caused eggs to break. After the banning of DDT, eagles can now be found in 49 out of 50 US states. abcbirds.org/bald-eagle-t…
When Jeff Hilger first started marketing the Koala Bear Kare Baby Changing Station in the 80's most businesses saw no need for it. It wasnt until after he started passing out fliers of a woman changing her baby's diaper on a dirty bathroom floor that his idea became a huge success. fortune.com/2014/08/13/ko…
Despite the widespread success of his song "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," Solomon Linda never received a cent of its royalties and died poor in 1962. He didn't even get a gravestone until 18 years after his death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol…
Today I learned of "inner drama" - a worry...that we are in danger of failing to conform to the ideals of success laid down by our society...that we are currently occupying too modest a rung, or that we are about to fall to a lower one edbatista.com/2009/03/sta…
Windows 7 was released less than 3 years after Windows Vista due to Vista's poor reception. Windows 7 was a major success for Microsoft - in just 6 months, over 100 million copies had been sold. By July 2012, over 630 million copies had been sold. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…
There was a sequel to "Forrest Gump." "Gump & Co." was published after the film the success of the film based on the original book. In the sequel, which is narrated by Gump, he goes broke, becomes a janitor, plays in the NFL and meets Tom Hanks, who will eventually play Gump in a movie. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gum…
A girl who was abducted at 3 saw her own face on a milk carton. It is one of very few success stories of the missing children milk carton campaign. 99percentinvisible.org/ep…
In the late 1980s, Willis enjoyed moderate success as a recording artist, recording an album of pop-blues titled The Return of Bruno, which included the hit single "Respect Yourself" featuring The Pointer Sisters.[24] youtu.be/qrxMujmXneM
Mickey Rooney was the first choice to play Archie Bunker in the show All In The Family. He declined because he felt the part was too controversial and didn't think the show would be a success. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All…
Rock star success was once highly regional. In June 1976 Bob Seger played to 78,000 fans in Detroit, only to play to less than 1,000 in Chicago the very next day sierrastar.com/opinion/co…
South American Inca civilization was better at Skull Surgery than Western Civil War doctors 400 years later. Patient success rates reaching a shocking height of 91% | Science sciencemag.org/news/2018/…
After the success of his Lethal Weapon script, Shane Black was asked to write the sequel. His sequel script killed off Martin Riggs and was so dark and violent, the studio never used it, but Black considers it his best. It has never been published. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
Ervin NyiregyhΓ‘zi (1903-1987) was a Hungarian piano prodigy who tried singing before his 1st birthday, and started composing aged 4, however after some success fell into obscurity in the '20s. He was married 10 times, and was noted for his distinctly sonorous playing style. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erv…
Duct tape is a recognized & effective treatment for common warts like verrucas. In blind clinical trials duct tape removed warts completely 85% of the time. The success rate for cryogenic treatments was 60%. webmd.com/men/news/200210…
A beaver "named β€˜Geronimo,' was dropped again and again" by parachute to test a radical beaver relocation plan. Geronimo's success led to the relocation of 76 beavers via parachute. Geronimo had priority reservation on the first ship into the hinterland, and three young females went with him. blogs.scientificamerican.…
Nashville's entertainment district on Broadway is renowned for honky tonks and live country music. Jimmie Rodgers started performing in bars along Broadway near the river in the 1930s. His success eventually attracted other performers, and a thriving music scene developed on Lower Broadway en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
Esperanto was considered a "dangerous language" and speakers were harassed and persecuted, especially in Germany and the Soviet Union. Its early success was limited, mostly because of the Czarist regime's suspicion of direct communication with foreigners waterstones.com/book/dang…
Bikini islanders left to deal with fallout of US nuclear tests without compensation. They now fight for nuclear disarmament worldwide, despite slim chance of success, hoping to at least shame nuclear armed nations in the court of public opinion. theconversation.com/bikin…
Dragonflies have one of the highest hunting success rates in the animal kingdom at 97% (compared to a lion's mere 20%). youtube.com/watch?v=Y0vRu…
With its cross-dressing and homosexual pairings, Some Like It Hot was released without a "Hays Code" certificate of approval. The Tony Curtis-Jack Lemmon comedy was an overwhelming success, helping put a final nail into the authority of code. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Som…
Looks are so important in elections that children have a great success rate of picking victors just from photos of the candidate's faces. bigthink.com/neurobonkers…
Rocket mail - the delivery of mail by rocket or missile. The rocket lands by deploying an internal parachute upon arrival. It has been attempted by various organizations in many different countries, with varying levels of success. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
While penniless and dying, Ulysses S Grant wrote a book of memoirs so his wife could live off of the royalties. Mark Twain heard the best royalty offer was 10% and immediately offered Grant 75%. Grant's book, was a critical and commercial success giving his wife about $450,000 in royalties. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uly…
Paul McCartney wrote the song "Let it be" during a period when the Beatles weren't sure how long would their success last. McCartney's mother, who had passed away from cancer when he was 14, came to him in a dream and reassured him saying: "It will be all right, just let it be" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let…
Jeffrey Dahmer performed crude lobotomies in attempts to create "sex zombies" and that he believed he could create a "power center" (shrine of bones and body parts) where he would derive powers such as "success in the real-estate market". He was declared sane and accountable for trial. chicagoreader.com/chicago…
New York's metropolitan transit authority dumped over 2,500 subway cars into the ocean to create reefs for fish to live in. The project was a success and has been shown off by photographer Stephen Mallon. cnn.com/2015/02/26/world/…
The central spire on the Notre Dame was built almost 600 years later in the 19th century amid a broad restoration effort, partly buoyed by the success of Victor Hugo's novel "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame" in 1831. britannica.com/topic/Notr…
A study in 1978 tested the success of asking to cut in line to use a copy machine. When no reason was given, 60% of those asked agreed. When adding, "because I’m in a rush" 94% agreed. Though the reason mattered little, as even with, "because I have to make copies,” 93% of those asked agreed. researchgate.net/publicat…
The second Pink Panther film (A Shot in the Dark) is an adaptation of a French play that had nothing to do with the Pink Panther movie. The main character was replaced by Inspector Clouseau after the success of The Pink Panther. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%2…
Looting of DJ equipment during a 1977 power outage in New York played a large role in the success of Hip Hop nytimes.com/2006/02/12/ar…

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