Michael Jackson went grocery shopping shopping in a closed down supermarket with all the other people being actors just to experience what's it like to be an ordinary person boingboing.net/2018/07/02…
In Dubai, a supermarket delivers mangoes in a Lamborghini to its customers. Not only does the owner of the supermarket deliver the mangoes himself but he also takes customers for a short joyride in the car. All of this for an order more than $30. gulfnews.com/amp/uae/vide…
In 1996, as a loss-leading tactic, British supermarkets competed so heavily on the price of baked beans that one store decided to sell them for MINUS 2p. This period is referred to by economists as The Bean Wars. youtube.com/watch?v=JGI4R…
[]Apples sold in supermarkets can be up to a year old when bought. today.com/food/apple-you-…
Intermarche supermarkets in France offered a 70% discount on Nutella, bringing the price down from €4.50 to €1.40. This led to riots & violence in stores. One customer claimed 'They are like animals. A woman had her hair pulled, an elderly lady took a box on her head, another had a bloody hand.' bbc.co.uk/news/world-euro…
A supermarket censored a mother's online order for her son's graduation cake; she wanted in frosting: "Congratulations Jacob. Summa Cum Laude class of 2018." Despite specially noting that it was not profanity but Latin, the $70.00 cake was delivered with the word "cum" replaced by "---". newsweek.com/publix-summa…
The Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy collects about $4000 worth of coins every day. Most of the money goes towards charities like a supermarket for the needy. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Today I learned about shrinkflation, the practice of stealthily reducing a product's size while maintaining its price so that consumers may unknowingly pay the same for less. According to the UK’s Office of National Statistics, 2,529 supermarket products decreased in size or weight between 2012 and 2017. bbc.com/capital/story/201…
When the CEO of discount supermarket chain ALDI was kidnapped, he haggled about his ransom money and claimed the sum as a tax-deductable business expense in court after his release telegraph.co.uk/news/obit…
The supermarket escalator where North Korean leader Kim Jong Il was last seen in public before death has been turned into a shrine youtube.com/watch?v=IrfZP…
In 1991 a supermarket gave away 10,000 tickets to a Texas Rangers game. It tuned out to be the night Nolan Ryan threw his 7th and final no-hitter. (Fast forward to 1:54:23 for proof) youtu.be/-XapAFdSsdU
The most common supermarket mushrooms (Button, Cremini, and Portabella) are all the same species. youtu.be/XLPLCmwBLBY?list…
Today I learned of slotting fee: a fee charged to produce companies or manufacturers by supermarket distributors (retailers) in order to have their product placed on their shelves en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slo…
A supermarket was closed down so that Michael Jackson could fulfill his dream to go to a supermarket and shop like everybody else and experience what it was like to β€œput things in a basket.” It was populated with his friends and family pretending to be fellow shoppers and employees. boingboing.net/2018/07/02…
UK supermarket chains source their bottled water in the same place gov.uk/guidance/food-stan…
Migros, Switzerland's largest retail company, gives a share to every Swiss adult for free, allowing them to vote in general assemblies. Furthermore, if the earnings before interest/taxes exceed 5%, the supermarkets are forced to lower their prices en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mig…
Nearly 3,000 euros are thrown into Rome's Trevi fountain every day, totalling over a million in the course of a year. There are regular attempts to steal the money but it is illegal to do so. The money has been used to fund a supermarket for the needy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
On average, supermarket apples are 9-12 months old when they reach the stores. Picked slightly unripe, apples are treated with 1-methylcyclopropene, waxed and boxed, then stacked and kept in cold storage. foodrenegade.com/your-app…
Today I learned of Larry Ely Murillo-Moncada, a supermarket worker who went missing for 10 years. After the supermarket closed down, contractors removed the coolers and found his body stuck in the 18-inch gap behind them. gorillacool.com/larry-ely…
There is a security alarm system which causes vertigo, nausea, and pain in the chest. The system has been purchased by the Russian government as well as certain supermarket chains. gizmodo.com/inferno-speak…
A drunken man in Russia rammed a stolen tank into a supermarket before climbing through the rubble to steal a bottle of wine. He took it from a motor sports facility and drove it through a forest. He also crushed a car. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
US law requires that eggs sold in supermarkets must be washed. And EU law requires that eggs sold in supermarkets must NOT be washed. Both do it to prevent salmonella. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
Lidl The German supermarket chain has been involved in over 20 controversies, such as putting additives in meat to avoid salmonella testing, unauthorized surveillance of its employees, as well as being awarded with The Big Brother award for acting almost like slave masters towards its employees. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lid…
Shoplifters were using self service checkouts to scan expensive fruit and veg as carrots at a major UK supermarket chain. They were only discovered when the supermarket noticed they had sold more carrots than they’d ever had in stock. independent.co.uk/news/uk…
Whole grain and wheat breads are not necessarily healthier than white breads. One problem with the current definition of β€œwhole grain” is that it doesn’t account for fiberβ€”and many whole grain products on supermarket shelves contain very little. scientificamerican.com/ar…
France restricts when consumer items can be legally sold at a loss, and has only two periods a year for such sales events; and investigated a supermarket chain for breaking that law when it put Nutella on sale and caused riots in stores theguardian.com/world/201…
Two czech cinematography students created a hoax about new supermarket Czech Dream and made a document about it. They hired the advertising agency to create TV spots, flyers etc. 3000 people arrived and there was only a huge wall with "Czech dream" written on it. youtube.com/watch?v=gWfKc…
Keanu Reeves was part of an alternative rock group called Dogstar. The genesis of the band was a chance encounter between Robert Mailhouse and Reeves at a supermarket when the 2 men started talking about hockey and Keanu asked Mailhouse if he needed a goalie. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog…
Chicken sold in supermarkets are "plumped" with water or brine before being sold, some breasts can be up to 40% water after plumping theguardian.com/world/201…
There was a trend in China where shoppers would relieve stress by crushing packets of cookies or instant noodles, causing losses for supermarket owners asiancorrespondent.com/20…
In 2012, British supermarket Sainsbury's discovered that reducing the size of a toilet paper tube from 123mm to 112mm would allow more rolls in each truck, taking 500 trucks off the road and reducing carbon emissions by 140 tonnes. theguardian.com/environme…
From 2000-2001 customers of the British supermarket chain Tesco fell victim to a mail bomber trying to extort the company en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tes…
Today I learned about "one of the biggest companies you've never heard of". Acxiom gathers information on some 700 m people, with up to 1,500 data points per person, for ultra targeted marketing. Down to the list of people who buy particular brands of cereal in your local supermarket. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acx…
The meat on Supermarket Sweep was real, but the set was fake so all of it was spoiled. realityblurred.com/realit…
The discount supermarket chain ALDI is actually two entirely separate but co-operating companies with two different logos. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ald…
There used to be a Kroger supermarket in Atlanta nicknamed "murder Kroger" due to many homicides at the location. atlanta.curbed.com/2014/8…
Botanists in Kew Gardens (UK) bought a Β£1.29 bag of supermarket porcini mushrooms sourced from China and found three species of mushroom previously unknown to science. kew.org/science/news/new-…
After discovering Jupiter's intense radiation belt , NASA needed a last minute fix to shield the exterior cables of the Voyager deep space probes. They sent a technician to the local supermarket, bought all of the kitchen grade aluminum foil, and wrapped it around the cables. amp.businessinsider.com/v…
Upward of 50 percent of what we buy in a supermarket we had no intention of buying as we walked in the door. Supermarkets aren’t faring too well these days, getting by on razor-thin margins. The average supermarket has 64,000 products. We experience the overwhelming amount of choices. bonappetit.com/test-kitch…
Cup Noodles were invented after Momofuku Ando, the inventor of instant ramen, watched as American supermarket executives broke up his ramen to fit into styrofoam coffee cups, added boiling water & then proceeded to eat the ramen with forks. cupnoodles-museum.jp/en/y…
British supermarket chain Iceland is involved in a long-running trade mark dispute with the country Iceland, which accuses it of abusive behaviour by trademarking the name of its country and harassing Icelandic companies and even the Icelandic tourism board. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
In the span of only 10 weeks Thornton's Budgens, a supermarket in the UK, was able to create "Plastic-Free Zones" offering over 1,700 products free of plastic packaging. independent.co.uk/life-st…
Boris Yeltsin’s first trip to a Texas grocery store in 1988 shattered his belief in communism. He told his fellow Russians in his entourage that if their people, who often must wait in line for most goods, saw the U.S. supermarkets, "there would be a revolution." nhregister.com/neighborho…
The Aldi supermarket chain split into two regions after the brothers that owned the company had a dispute over whether their stores would sell cigarettes thedailymeal.com/eat/thin…
France has become the first country in the world to ban supermarkets from throwing away or destroying unsold food, forcing them instead to donate it to charities and food banks. theguardian.com/world/201…
The beginnings of poke date back to pre-colonial times in Polynesia. Locals would take their fresh catch from fishing and season it with whatever was on hand to enjoy. Around the 1970s poke began to rise in popularity, first found in Hawaiian home kitchens then transitioning into supermarkets chowhound.com/food-news/2…
Cooking steak medium-rare from many supermarkets (for example Costco) is actually unsafe, due to how they tenderize the meat. consumerreports.org/cro/m…
Fresh apples sold at supermarkets might've been picked a year ago today.com/food/apple-you-…
Today I learned about the Tetris effect, in which people who play Tetris for extended periods of time start seeing falling tetris blocks in their sleep as well as regularly identifying tetromino shapes in their everyday life, such as the layout of boxes on supermarket shelves or patterns on certain buildings. healthguidance.org/entry/…
An old woman approached Stephen King in a supermarket and said "You are the horror writer. I don’t read anything that you do. I just like things more genuine, like that Shawshank Redemption." He said, "I wrote that". And she said, "No you didn’t". And she walked off and went on her way. journal.neilgaiman.com/20…
In 1999 a study showed that a supermarket sold more French wine when stereotypically French music was played instore. This also worked with German wine/music. Customers later claimed that they were β€˜unaware’ of the music’s influence. researchgate.net/publicat…
In Finland meat sold in supermarkets has been labeled with the info on which farm the animals grew on. atria.fi/en/exports/meat-…
Artificial grape-flavor is derived from a chemical in concord (purple) grapes β€” not the red or green grapes we're used to buying in supermarkets. This is why artificial grape-flavored things like candy and soft drinks are purple and why store-bought grapes taste nothing like this fake stuff businessinsider.com/facts…
In 2013 a genetic test of fish in restaurants and supermarkets showed 84% of Sushi restaurants in the US mislabeled and replaced tuna with Escolar, a fish known to cause prolonged, uncontrollable oily anal leakage theatlantic.com/business/…
Supermarkets often sell milk for cheaper than they paid for it, hoping you'll graze the aisles on the way to the store fridge. This causes beef with the dairy industry, which claims that the practice mooves milk towards being undervalued by the public. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los…
Over 1,000,000 Euros are thrown into the Trevi fountain every year. The money is used to subsidize a supermarket for the needy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
US eggs would be illegal in a British supermarket because they are washed. British eggs are illegal in US markets because they're unwashed. forbes.com/sites/nadiaaru…
The reason that Dippin' Dots ice cream -- made by flash freezing ice cream mix in liquid nitrogen -- is rarely sold in supermarkets is that it requires storage at temperatures below βˆ’40Β°F (βˆ’40Β°C), and supermarkets generally cannot provide such extreme cooling requirements. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dip…
More than 300 people died in a supermarket fire because the owners shut the doors in order to prevent people from fleeing with merchandise without paying for it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ycu…
In France the law on unused food was canceled. It is only a voluntary agreement between supermarkets and the government with no penalties in cases of non-compliance. resource.co/article/frenc…
More than 300 people died in a supermarket fire because the owners shut the doors in order to prevent people from fleeing with merchandise without paying for it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ycu…
A robot named Marty is being used in supermarkets along the East Coast (U.S.) to alert employees of hazards, such as food spills, when corrective action is needed. supermarketnews.com/retai…
North Korean spies stationed abroad have to receive training on how to shop in supermarkets, use credit cards and visit clubs, as these amenities are not commonplace in North Korea. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim…
Piggly Wiggly supermarkets are responsible for familiar supermarket features such as checkout stands, individual item price marking and shopping carts. wikipedia.org/wiki/Piggly…
Peanut butter in a plastic jar at the supermarket usually has a sell-by date of about 18 months after it hits the shelf. Past this date, if it’s unopened it’s still perfectly good. Opened, peanut butter will slowly develop off-flavors of rancid nuts over the next five or so years. foodrepublic.com/2013/02/…
Former Princess Sayako (daughter of the current emperor of Japan) practiced supermarket shopping to prepare for new lifestyle after marrying a commoner news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-…
Over 300 people died in a supermarket fire because the owners shut the doors so people wouldn't leave without paying. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ycu…
The coins thrown into Rome's Trevi Fountain every year amount to around 3,000 Euro and are used to subsidise a supermarket for Rome's needy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
Apples that you buy in a supermarket or grocery store probably sat in cold storage for a year before making its way to the supermarket. foodrenegade.com/your-app…
Some varieties of grapefruit that you can buy in supermarkets has been mutated via exposure to radiation to maintain their reddish pink hue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
In 1983, Jean-Michel Jarre sold only one vinyl pressing of his "Music for Supermarkets" album for 69,000β‚£, played it on the radio encouraging people to record the broadcast, then destroyed the master plates and auctioned the only copy off. The radio recording remains online today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus…
The US FDA has consistently identified antibiotic resistant bacteria in supermarket meat fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/…
A supermarket chain in the Netherlands has a policy that if all queues have 4 people in them and not all checkout lanes are open yet, then you get your groceries for free. translate.google.com/tran…
On January 25, 2018, French supermarket chain Intermarche offered a 70 percent discount on Nutella, causing riots across France. nytimes.com/2018/01/26/wo…
Between 1975 and 2008, the number of products in the average supermarket swelled from an average of 8,948 to almost 47,000 consumerreports.org/cro/m…
The reusable totes at a supermarket actually have a larger carbon footprint than using the standard plastic bags first for groceries then as a trashcan liner etc. assets.publishing.service…
Most "baby carrots" are cut-down carrots that would otherwise be rejected from supermarkets for being too ugly usatoday30.usatoday.com/l…
American eggs would be illegal in a British supermarket because they are washed and British eggs would be illegal in a US supermarket because they are unwashed forbes.com/sites/nadiaaru…
While writing Hot Fuzz Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright referred to the supermarket manager, Simon Skinner as being played by a "Timothy Dalton type" actor before thinking to ask Dalton himself to be in the film. To their surprise Dalton had loved Shaun of the Dead and signed on for the role. popmatters.com/article/ta…
It is against the law for supermarkets, department stores, and other big box stores in Rhode Island, Maine, and Massachusetts to be open on Thanksgiving. news.providencejournal.co…
A man who had half of his body amputated after being run over by a truck opened his own bargain supermarket, called the Half Man-Half Price Store. dailytelegraph.com.au/mon…
In the 1970s there was a cassette tape called "Sounds For The Supermarket" that used subliminal and inaudible recordings to increase buyer purchasing at grocery stores. youtube.com/watch?v=U-WzM…
In 2014, three mycologists (fungus experts) from Kew Gardens in England, analysed the DNA of a supermarket packet of dried porcini mushrooms and found three species unknown to science. kew.org/discover/news/new…
Britain's largest supermarket chain only sells straight croissants because their customers find it easier to spread jam that way. theguardian.com/business/…
On average a bottle of domestic beer in a supermarket is ~333% more expensive in Australia than in Germany. numbeo.com/cost-of-living…
After egyptian serial killer Al Tourbini got arrested, many products in egypt started being named after him as a marketing ploy, such as β€œAl-tourbini sandwiches” and supermarkets being called β€œAl-tourbini: The butcher of Gharbia” (a province in egypt) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ram…
There is an organisation called Pipedown which is committed to taking intrusive piped music (muzak) out of our lives in supermarkets, hospitals, airports etc. , and has had a string of successes. theguardian.com/business/…
Earlier this year, big discounts on pots of Nutella caused customer brawls in French supermarkets in several places in the country as they were trying to buy as many pots as they could. globalnews.ca/news/398889…
When Boris Yeltsin visited the US in 1989, seeing an ordinary Houston supermarket caused him to rethink his "Bolshevik consciousness" and leave the Communist party. sheilaomalley.com/?p=306
Supermarkets treat beef and other meats with carbon monoxide for two reasons: Preferentially binds to hemoglobin to maintain the bright red colour; and helps to maintain a package environment that limits bacterial growth extending the shelf life. truthorfiction.com/superm…
Stores that combine department stores and supermarkets are called "Hypermarkets" and one of the first opened in France in the 1960's en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyp…
In Paraguay, 2004, almost 400 people died and nearly 500 got injured in a supermarket fire, because the owners locked all the doors to prevent people from fleeing without paying for merchandise. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ycu…
The crown princess of Japan had to "practice shopping at the supermarket" before she was married and lost her royal status. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Say…
British scientists found three previously unknown species of mushrooms in a commercial packet purchased from a small Chinese supermarket in London munchies.vice.com/article…
In order to save 140 tonnes of carbon annually in reduced transportation, British supermarket Sainsbury's shrunk the inner cardboard tube of all their toilet rolls by 11mm. theguardian.com/environme…
During an upgrade to the London Underground a control room was accidentally flooded with concrete. Workers were sent to nearby supermarkets to buy bags of sugar to dump into the concrete which stops it from setting telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne…
One of the founders of the Aldi supermarket chain was kidnapped for 17 days until a 7-million Deutsche Mark was paid by a bishop. telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
Hens (female chickens) don't need to have sex to lay eggs. These are the eggs you buy at the supermarket. There's no male involved. The eggs are unfertilized and will never hatch - never become chicks. kb.rspca.org.au/Do-I-need…
That Migros, a Swiss supermarket chain, had self check-out machines back in 1965. youtube.com/watch?v=-rAXE…
June 4th, 1937, Sylvan Goldman made history, rolling out the world's first shopping cart at his Humpty Dumpty supermarket chain in Oklahoma City. cbsnews.com/news/almanac-…

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