When filming the original Borat film, Sacha Baron Cohen never washed Borat's suit or wore deodorant when in character. He said it gave Borat a "kind of dreadful Soviet-bloc smell the moment I walk in". npr.org/templates/story/s…
The actor playing Hedorah the Smog Monster in a 1971 Godzilla film came down with appendicitis. Doctors were forced to perform surgery while he was still wearing the monster suit due to the length of time it took to take off. During the operation he learned that painkillers had no effect on him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God…
The secret formula for WD-40 is stored in a bank vault and has only left it twice; once was on its 50th birthday when the CEO of WD-40 rode through Times Square on a horse with a suit of armor on and the formula in hand cnbc.com/2012/08/23/7-Sou…
For the first Superman movie producers wanted Christopher Reeve to wear fake muscles under the suit but he refused. He instead started an intense two-month training program which added 14kg to his 86kg frame. He got so big they had to reshoot earlier scenes as they didn’t match the later shots. aruma.com.au/about-us/blo…
Harry Melling (Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter films) lost so much weight in the three year gap between the fifth and seventh films that he was nearly recast due to being "unrecognizable". He had to wear a fat suit for his final appearance as the character. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
In 2016, a Utah woman sued herself for the wrongful death of her own husband. The woman was driving with her husband when she flipped her car, killing him. Because she was his named heir, the woman sued herself on behalf of her husband's estate and ultimately inherited the money from the suit. claimsjournal.com/news/we…
Victor Prather, a surgeon involved in developing space suits, ascended in a balloon to an altitude of 21 miles in 1961. He survived the freezing journey of 10 hours. He fell into the sea when rescued by a helicopter in the Gulf of Mexico. His suit filled with water, and he drowned. stratocat.com.ar/stratope…
Rolling Stones Drummer Charlie Watts collects classic cars, but doesn't have a driving license. He has a tailored suit to match each car, which he wears while sitting in the driving seat in the garage. hotcars.com/cars-owned-by…
Robocop's suit was so cumbersome, it would not fit into his police car. Every time you see Robocop driving, he doesn’t have his Robo pants on. thewrap.com/robocop-30th-…
Sir Muhammad Mahabat Khan III, the Maharaja of Junagadh (1900-1959), owned 800 dogs, each with its own room, a telephone, and a servant. He had his liveried staff dress his dogs in formal evening suits, mount them on rickshaws, and drive them. When a dog died, state mourning was declared tribuneindia.com/2003/200…
They make and sell blue Santa suits in Liverpool as they are the colours of Everton FC and fans refuse to wear Red and White as they are the colours of their rivals, Liverpool FC. evertonfc.com/news/189954…
Today I learned about a case report on a 19 year old wrestler who died after losing 9 pounds in 8.5 hours by exercising vigorously in a hot environment wearing a vapour-impermeable suit under a cotton warm-up suit. He resumed exercising 2 hours after the weight loss and died from cardiac arrest an hour later. cmaj.ca/content/158/9/117…
That you could buy a diamond armor level 2 bullet-proof custom made three piece suit for a mere US$3.2 million. newatlas.com/diamond-armo…
Napoleon did not like to eat set meals, intead choosing to eat when he was hungry. Napoleon's preference forced his palace chefs to constantly have chickens roasting on spits to suit his erratic hunger. Additionally Napoleon preferred eating with hands rather than use utensils. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
In pre-Norman England, Father Christmas, originally wore a green suit with a long green hooded cloak, as well as a wreath made of holly, mistletoe or ivy which represented the coming spring. history.co.uk/article/8-f…
The robot suit in the 60's TV series Lost In Space had a built-in ashtray. The suit was so difficult and painful to get in and out of that the actor Bob May would just stay inside and have his smoke breaks in the suit so needed a place for his ashes and butts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
In 2013, an astronaut nearly drowned on a spacewalk; a suit malfunction caused the helmet to fill up with water space.com/24835-spacesuit…
The band Rush stopped using guitar amps on stage, instead replacing them with useful appliances like washing machines. During their Snakes And Arrows tour, a roadie in a chicken suit basted rotisserie chickens behind them. youtu.be/QuL_euRslTc?t=60
In the late 1800s and early 1900s, women had to use β€œbathing machines” if they wanted to go into the water, to prevent men from seeing them in their bathing suits. amusingplanet.com/2016/06…
Santa's red suit was created by caricaturist Thomas Nast in the 1860s and popularized by the Coca-Cola company in the 1930s . Before that, he was depicted in suits of primarily blue or tan. halloweenexpress.com/hist…
A retired American heart and lung surgeon has patented a scuba suit that would allow a human to breathe β€œliquid air”, like in the movie The Abyss. He has simulated 1000 foot dives with mammals and has decompressed them in less than half a second with no decompression sickness. independent.co.uk/news/sc…
In 1936, the city of Spokane gave their last electric streetcar a Viking funeral: After its final trip, it was paraded through the city, then filled with hay bales and set ablaze, until finally "six pretty girls in bathing suits and firemen's red hats" put out the fire historylink.org/File/8088
Titanic Survivor Alfred Nourney gave a fake name and purchased an expensive suit in a scheme to get upgraded from second-class to first-class. It worked and he ultimately survived to tell the tale of "Baron von Drachstedt". geni.com/people/Alfred-No…
In an 1893 American football game between rival schools, the home team players showed up on the field with full-body, oiled leather suits, so the slick surface would make it extremely difficult for the opposing players to get a grip on them - but the oil-less squad still won 6-0 mentalfloss.com/article/8…
Today I learned about Shrek, a Merino sheep that escape his enclosure and evaded shearers for six years by hiding in caves. His fleece contained enough wool to make suits for 20 large men. amusingplanet.com/2014/07…
On April 23, 1951 Barbara Rose Johns, at 16 years old, led a student strike to protest the inequality of segregated schools in Virginia. A civil suit filed by the NAACP on her behalf was the only student led suit to join the landmark Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Erich Steidtmann a Nazi SS officer was only investigated for war crimes in 2007, when at age 92 he launched a libel suit in connection with an alleged affair, which brought his case to the attention of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eri…
There is a record for fastest mile run in Death Valley while wearing a Darth Vader suit. It is 6 minutes 13 seconds and was done by Jonathan Rice. insidehook.com/article/sp…
Today I learned of Lloyd Scott, a former footballer who, in 2002, completed the London Marathon while wearing a 130lb (59kg) deep sea diving suit. Finishing the entire race took him five days, eight hours, 29 minutes and 46 seconds. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england…
4 months after Florida man Ryan Lee Carroll won a Breaking Bad contest to meet the cast, he was charged with running a drug distribution operation when he was found with $1M in synthetic marijuana. Also seized was a souvenir Hazmat suit signed by the Breaking Bad cast. theguardian.com/world/201…
When astronauts are outside the ISS, space-borne compounds adhere to their suits causing a distinctive scent when they return to the station. The smell is so unusual that NASA reached out to a top fragrance maker to re-create the odor for its training simulations. popsci.com/science/articl…
The US planned and/or attempted an absurd number of assassinations on Fidel Castro over the course of 40 years. Plots included exploding cigars, lacing his diving suit with a toxic fungus, and dousing his broadcasting studio with an LSD-like chemical to make him hallucinate during a speech. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ass…
Doc McStuffins 1st VA sued Disney. According to the suit, the company only paid Kiara Muhammad $5000 for the 1st season, refused her the option to do multi day contracts, and failed to pay her the 2.5% net merchandising revenue. hollywoodreporter.com/thr…
Rube Goldberg made his sons Thomas and George change their lastname to protect them from backlash from his political cartoons. Thomas chose the lastname George as a tribute to his brother, and in the spirit of family, George followed suit, voluntarily spending entire life going by George George. nytimes.com/2007/11/15/th…
Johnny Cash performed dressed all in black, in contrast to most of the major country acts in his day – rhinestone suits and cowboy boots. Cash wrote the song "Man in Black" to explain that he wore black for the poor and hungry and those betrayed by age or drugs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Sovereign immunity means that as head of the state Queen Elizabeth 'cannot commit a legal wrong and is immune from civil suit or criminal prosecution'. As well as this, the Queen also benefits from diplomatic immunity. britishheritage.com/can-q…
The "Mensch of Malden Mills" could have retired when his textile factory burned down. Instead he paid employees for 60 days and rebuilt the factory in the same place. When asked about his decision, he replied: "And what would I do with it? Eat more? Buy another suit? Retire and die?" cbsnews.com/news/the-mens…
The Pinkerton Detective Agency still exists and filed a law suit against the makers of Red Dead Redemption 2 for the use of their name and logo in the game. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
An Australian news anchor wore the same suit every day for a year and no one noticed theguardian.com/lifeandst…
One of the primary reasons Bob Burns got the role as Tracy the Gorilla in the 1975 "The Ghost Busters" series by Filmation was because he already owned a gorilla suit. bobburns.mycottage.com/al…
Surrealist artist Salvador Dali had a pet anteater, delivered an art lecture wearing a full diving suit with two Russian wolfhounds at his side, and had a lifelong disgust for female genitalia after stumbling upon a picture book of venereal diseases as a child en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
Buzz Aldrin peed in his pants (space suit) on the moon, saying it was β€œlonely as hell” up there. businessinsider.com/bathr…
Charles Dickens once jumped in through the window of his wife-to-be's home dressed in a sailor suit, did a jig whilst playing the hornpipe, jumped back out the window again and re-entered the room as if nothing had happened. nytimes.com/2011/11/06/bo…
The pockets in suits can actually be opened alterationsneeded.com/201…
A full NASA space suit costs $12,000,000. While the entire suit costs a cool $12m, 70% of that cost is for the backpack and control module. theplanets.org/space-fact…
About β€œemergency backup goalies” (EBUGs) in the NHL. If a team’s primary and backup goalie are both injured during a game, anyone in the arena can be called on to suit up and play goal. The home team is always expected to have an amateur goalie in the arena. sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/w…
Colonel Sanders of KFC fame wore only his trademark white suit in public for the last 20 years of his life en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
Mars Attacks originally had trouble attracting A list actors because most of the characters either die in some cartoonish manner or end up disfigured. That was until Jack Nicholson enthusiastically joined the film. Glenn Close, Pierce Brosnan, Danny DeVito, Michael J Fox and others followed suit mentalfloss.com/article/9…
In 2002, a class action lawsuit was filed against the Association of American Medical Colleges for colluding to overwork and underpay residents (trainee doctors). The suit was dismissed in 2004 when Congress snuck a clause into a Pension bill exempting the AAMC match program from antitrust laws. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jun…
90% of the profits of the O.J. Simpson book 'If I did it" went to Fred Goldman, Ron Goldman's father. Goldman had sued Simpson in a wrongful death civil suit and was awarded $33.5 million, which had gone unpaid. In 2007, a judge awarded the rights to the book to the Goldman family as payment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/If_…

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