Kinder Surprise eggs are illegal in the US ($2500 penalty) and 60,000 Kinder Surprise eggs per year are seized at the border being smuggled in from Canada and Mexico. post-gazette.com/opinion/…
Van Halen refused to make videos for their album 5150, so Warner Bros quickly cobbled together a video for the song "Dreams" by using stock footage of the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels. The cheap video became a surprise hit on MTV and the Navy began to use it as part of their recruiting efforts. navalhistory.org/2020/01/…
Today I learned of Roustam Tariko, founder of Russian Standard Vodka. Tariko began as a street cleaner, then revovated hotel rooms, then began importing & selling Kinder Surprise & Ferrero Rocher in Russia. He then founded Russia’s first premium domestic vodka brand in 1998. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rou…
When filming the argument scene in "Marriage Story", Adam Driver punched the wall 15 times, one time almost bashing a hole in the real wall behind the breakaway movie wall. In total, the scene required 50 takes, with Driver and Scarlett Johansson given notes separately, to maintain the surprise screenrant.com/behind-sce…
"How to Win Friends and Influence People" was a smash-hit in Nazi Germany, much to the author's surprise. He thought the idea of being smooth and charming wouldn't go well with the Nazi worldview. He wrote that he would rate "butter higher than guns as a means of winning friends". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How…
A man decided to deposit a check that he received from a junk mail ad just to see what would happen. to his surprise, they allowed him to deposit the $95,000 check. the bank tried to take the money back, but since he didn’t break any laws, there was nothing they could do. nytimes.com/1995/08/20/us…
"Gordon Bennett!", a common English phrase to express surprise or incredulity, originates from a real person. James Gordon Bennett Jr was the wealthy son of the founder of the New York Herald and was known for his extravagant and shocking lifestyle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
The CEO of the MGA toy company, Isaac Larian, created the L.O.L Surprise toy line when he stayed up all night watching toy unboxing videos because he couldn't fall asleep. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Today I learned of Joseph Grew, the US ambassador to Japan during the lead-up to WWII, who in Jan. 1941 heard rumors in Tokyo that the Japanese were preparing a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in case of a break with the US. When Grew alerted Washington, his warnings were ignored. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
Today I learned of the Siege of Kawagoe Castle in Japan, 1545. 3000 garrisoned troops managed to withhold an attacking force of 85,000. Eventually relieved by a force of 8000, they staged a surprise attack that completely routed the 8 times larger army, killing their general. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sie…
The Nazis used meth to stay up 4 days to surprise ambush the French at the start of WWII history.com/news/inside-t…
The UK invaded Iceland on May 10, 1940, fearing that the Germans would invade it first. Despite a shortage of weapons, an only partially trained force of 746 newly activated Marines, and a lack of surprise, the British were victorious. No one was injured, except for one UK suicide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inv…
Colonel Sanders was highly critical of KFC, calling it "a damn fried doughball stuck on some chicken" and "God-damned slop," while denouncing the gravy as "horrible." At times he'd surprise enter a KFC and throw the food on the floor if in disgust. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
Today I learned of Joseph Grew, the US ambassador to Japan during the lead-up to WWII, who in Jan. 1941 heard rumors in Tokyo that the Japanese were preparing a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in case of a break with the US. Grew even alerted the US State Department. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
Today I learned of Mikhail Bulgakov, a Russian writer whose works were banned in 1929. In desperation, he wrote a letter to Stalin and asked to emigrate. To his surprise, Stalin telephoned him personally. Bulgakov said he didn't want to leave and asked to work at the theater. Stalin permitted his request. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mik…
Famous jazz pianist Fats Waller was kidnapped by gangsters for three days in Chicago in 1926. He was the "surprise guest" at Al Capone's birthday party. He was later found very drunk, extremely tired, and had earned thousands of dollars in cash from Capone and other party-goers as tips. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fat…
A Texas man walked his leashed African Watusi steer named Oliver into Petco in an attempt to call Petco's bluff on their "All leashed pets are welcome" policy. To his surprise, the Petco staff in the Humble, TX location welcomed Oliver who is trained to ride and rein like a horse. fox8.com/2019/03/20/video…
Lyndon B. Johnson was known for wandering the White House turning off lights in rooms he thought empty, sometimes to the surprise of people working in those rooms! This earned him the nickname β€œLight Bulb Johnson.” kua.com/blog/6-electric-f…
β€œIdaho” was not a Native American word as originally thought but rather a made-up word. β€œTo his horror, he found that he had been the victim of a practical joke. [He]learned, to his surprise, that the name did not mean, "gem of the mountains"...In fact, it did not mean anything at all.” digitalatlas.cose.isu.edu…
'Hello' as a greeting is credited to Thomas Edison. Hello likely derived from hullo, a expression of surprise, but was seen by Edison as good greeting for telephone conversations. Alexander Graham Bell initially used Ahoy (as used on ships) as a telephone greeting, but it didn't take off. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
According to some German soldiers interviewed after the D Day landings, the most amazing thing about the allied invasion was not the immense scale, or anything like the surprise of tanks driving out of the sea, but the fact that the allies did not need to use any horses. youtu.be/KmXc2UbtB7o
Marine Biologist, Edith Widder created a device that mimicked the Atolla Jellyfish's alarm (when threatened the jellyfish will emit a light that signals bigger predators to its location). She placed the device in the deep sea along with a camera. To her surprise a giant squid showed up. youtube.com/watch?v=rXkOP…
In 2015, researchers testing the efficiency of mosquito repellents used a Victoria’s Secret perfume because they thought the floral fragrance would attract mosquitoes. To their surprise, they found it repels mosquitoes better than a range of mosquito deterrents. businessinsider.com/mosqu…
On his 82nd birthday party in 1993, Ronald Reagan, to everyone's surprise, toasted Margaret Thatcher twice using identical words and gestures. He was then diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in the next year newsweek.com/edmund-morri…
In 2015 scientist dropped a microphone 6 miles down into the Mariana Trench, the results where a surprise, instead of quiet, they heard sounds of earthquakes, ships, the distinct moans of baleen whales and the overwhelming clamor of a category 4 typhoon that just happened to pass overhead. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
Frank Lloyd Wright cranked out his masterpiece Fallingwater in just 2 hours β€” the time it took his client to make his surprise visit en route from Milwaukee to Wright's studio at Taliesin. smarthistory.org/frank-ll…
Danny Boyle relied mostly on the honesty of his volunteer cast to "save the surprise" of the London 2012 opening ceremony en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
Archaeologists found Troy-0 and the discovery was a surprise for the world of archaeology and took the history of Troy back 600 years. hurriyetdailynews.com/dis…
Honeybees let out a β€˜whoop’ when they bump into each other. This vibrational pulse, long thought to be a signal to other bees to stop what they are doing, might actually be an expression of surprise bbc.com/news/av/science-e…
Steve Martin's wedding came as a surprise to his guests. The roughly 75 star-studded attendees (including the likes of Tom Hanks, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, and Carl Reiner) said that he had invited them to his house just for a "party." To their shock, upon their arrival his wedding began. people.com/celebrity/stev…
Today I learned about Operation Unthinkable, in which the Allies would invade the Soviet Union in a surprise attack, enlisting German P.O.W and U.S help in the aftermath of WW2. nationalarchives.gov.uk/e…
President Theodore Roosevelt banned Christmas trees from the White House in 1902 to promote environmentalism. To his surprise, his rebellious son brought a small Christmas tree. foresthistory.org/preside…
A 1932 war game included a surprise attack against Pearl Harbor from 152 carrier-borne aircraft on a Sunday morning. Umpires awarded the victory to the defending forces, saying that precision bombing of battleships was unrealistic. military.com/navy/pearl-h…
Twins can be born with different fathers in a conflict raising surprise known as heteropaternal superfecundation where the woman releases multiple eggs days apart vice.com/en_asia/article/…
Mars only gets close enough to Earth to give up much detail just once every 780 days. It’s the only planet to reveal an appreciable amount of surface detail in a small telescope, and it also features occasional surprises such as dust storms and local fogs and cloud banks cosmicpursuits.com/2183/h…
:Mario is hitting Yoshi to spit out his tongue in Super Mario World.In an interview with Shigefumi Hino,the idea was that Mario is hitting Yoshi on the head,sticking out its tongue in surprise.The team thought that people would feel sorry for Yoshi and decided to pass it off as Mario saying"Go!" polygon.com/2017/9/28/163…
The Egyptian national dish is mulukhiyah has in its cooking instructions is to heat an oil until still sizzling, to create a characteristic sound which people traditionally respond to with the shahka (Arabic: grasp for breath in fear or surprise). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mul…
The band of the battleship USS Nevada was playing the Star Spangled Banner when the Japanese began their surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Despite being strafed by gunfire from the attacking planes, the band completed the song. knpr.org/knpr/2016-12/her…
The ''I am Iron Man'' line from the first Iron Man movie is actually improvised. Downey Jr. blurted out the revelation to the surprise of Feige, who became excited by the choice and approved leaving it in before the cut to the end credits. indiewire.com/2018/07/kev…
Today I learned of Operation Dawn Raid, where Malaysia acquired Guthrie on 7 September 1981, the oldest and 2nd largest plantation company on London Stock Exchange by surprise. cilisos.my/the-greatest-h…
Only two U.S. states have never recorded a temperature above 100 F. One of them is obvious: Alaska. The other one, however, may come as a surprise. It is Hawaii. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S…
The Hells Angels tried to assassinate Mick Jagger by a surprise sea attack ultimateclassicrock.com/h…
In the original 'Good Will Hunting' script, there is a surprise gay sex scene between the two straight leads. It was purposely put there as a test to see if studios actually read the script. Harvey Weinstein was the only producer who mentioned the scene, so his studio got the movie. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
On Saturday night (30 March '12), the Chief of the Israeli Navy gave a surprise order for 3 ships to prepare to leave for a 10-day exercise; the men on the ships worked all night only to learn the next morning (1 April '12) that it was all an April Fool's Day joke. timesofisrael.com/april-f…
Sega Saturn had a "surprise" N. American launch at E3 in order to get ahead of the Playstation which was about to announce their N. American release date and lower price later that day. Everyone was surprised including retailers, who began receiving systems and games that day, and developers. ign.com/articles/2008/05/…
Keanu Reeves gave all 12 Hugo Weaving stunt doubles a custom Harley Davidson motorcycle as a surprise gift on the day they wrapped the huge fight scene in β€œThe Matrix Reloaded.” youtu.be/fQi7r-DUtgc
Black Swan Theory is when an event that comes as a surprise, has a major effect, and is often inappropriately rationalized after the fact with the benefit of hindsight. World War I, the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and the September 11, 2001 attacks are examples of black swan events. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Colonel Sanders made surprise visits to KFC restaurants. If dissatisfied with the food he threw it to the floor while cursing out the employees. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
George Clooney once gave 14 of his close friends $1 million each as a surprise gift. etonline.com/george-cloon…
The most sophisticated bomb ever encountered by the FBI destroyed Harvey's Wagon Wheel casino in Lake Tahoe in 1980. The device included 28 toggle switches , a float switch, tilt sensor, sensors and spring switches casing screws and joints, and a few surprises. damninteresting.com/the-z…

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