We say β€œpair” of pants because pants were originally made from two pieces. You would put in one leg and tie the piece around your waist, and then put on the other piece. sandiegoreader.com/news/2…
McDonald's had tie in Batman Returns Happy Meals that received complaints from parents who felt the film should not be promoted to kids. Complaints and a lower box office return led to Warner Brothers dropping Tim Burton and hiring Joel Schumacher for the less adult orientated sequels. vocal.media/geeks/a-not-s…
A study found that wearing a tie can reduce blood flow to the brain. Men wearing ties & men without ties were scanned using MRI to measure the blood flow to the head; brains of tie-wearers on average received 7.5% less cerebral blood flow than brains of those with no ties. businessinsider.com/weari…
After the breakup of the Soviet Union, Lithuania could not afford to send its men's basketball team to the 1992 Olympics, so the Grateful Dead sent the team colorful, free-flowing tie-dye warm-up jerseys with a flying, dunking skeleton, and the team took the bronze medal. thesmartset.com/article03…
On August 18th 1920 women gained the right to vote because tie-breaker Tennessee republican representative, and an opponent to women’s suffrage, Harry T. Burn’s mother told him β€œDon’t forget to be a good boy and help Mrs. Catt put the β€˜rat’ in ratification.” history.com/topics/womens…
In 2007, reigning Jeopardy! champion Scott Weiss purposely placed his final bet in such a way as to force the first three-way tie in the game's history. He said he knew he could have bet more and won the game, but thought it would be fun to force a tie instead. npr.org/templates/story/s…
A longstanding custom in Denmark for people who are still unmarried by their 25th birthday is to have their friends and family tie them to a lamppost and douse them in cinnamon. If in 5 years they're still unmarried, this gets upgraded to pepper. businessinsider.com/why-s…
A pre-Goosebumps R.L. Stine wrote Spaceballs: The Book, a young adult version of the story that substituted some of the stronger language and bits for child-friendly content. It remains the only exclusion to Lucasfilm’s β€œno tie-in” mandate. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Today I learned about Goose Pulling, where people would tie a goose upside down and grease its neck, then ride past it and try to pull its head off. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goo…
When Japanese pole vaulters Shuhei Nishida and Sueo Oe tied for silver at the 1936 Olympics they refused a tie-breaker. The silver was arbitrarily awarded to Nishida. They had their medals cut in half and then welded together so they each had one "friendship medal" of half silver, half bronze. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sue…
Roald Dahl's first-ever book was 1943's The Gremlins, which was written specifically for Walt Disney Productions as a tie-in for a feature-length animated film. The film was scrapped because the British Air Ministry and Dahl clashed often during pre-production. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Bayard Rustin was told to move to the back of a bus, but stopped when a white child reached out to grab his tie, before being scolded by its mom. He thought, β€œI owe it to that child, that it should be educated to know that blacks do not want to sit in the back”. He was then arrested and beaten. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bay…
When mother otters dive for food, they tie their babies into kelp to ensure that they will not float away oceana.org/marine-life/ma…
Super 3D Noah's Ark, a Bible game where you play as Noah putting angry animals to sleep with pellets, originally started out as a Hellraiser tie-in, the grisly horror film with BDSM underpinnings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
Today I learned about Blackening a Scottish custom which happens days before a wedding and friends of the couple tie the couple and then cover them with food. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
After the breakup of the Soviet Union, the Lithuanian basketball team couldn't afford to participate in the 1992 Olympics, so the Grateful Dead funded the team's expenses, and the team wore tie-dye uniforms. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
Jon Bon Jovi's first professional recording was singing backup vocals on the 1980 Star Wars tie-in Christmas album "Christmas In The Stars." The only reason he got the gig was because his cousin Tony managed the studio where the album was recorded and had hired him as a janitor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon…
Manufacturer Martin-Baker provides a tie, patch, certificate, and membership in the "Ejection Tie Club" after the successful use of their ejection seats. The club currently has over 6000 members. martin-baker.com/ejection…
Tonka first manufactured hat, tie, and shoe racks as well as gardening tools, and then later started making steel toys pgpedia.com/t/tonka-corpo…
Today I learned about 9/11 survivor Joseph Nathaniel Lott, who nearly died in the Windows on the World restaurant with his other three coworkers. Walking to the elevator 20 minutes before Flight 11 hit, he decided to change into a tie one of them had just given him as a gift. nj.com/njv_kathleen_obrie…
Ancient Greek Athletes would tie their foreskins to prevent exposing their glans penis in public en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyn…
Boris Yeltsin lost his left thumb and index finger playing with a grenade in his youth. He would conceal that hand in his pocket or behind his tie because he was self-conscious about it. history.com/topics/russia…
In 1969, Katherine Hephburn and Barbara Streisand both shared the Best Actress Oscar in a tie. It was the only tie for a Best Actress award ever. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/41s…
In Serbian Christmas traditions, family members tie each other up and give gifts as "ransom" to be released. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
In a UK general election if there is a tie in votes within a constituency, the result is decided by a coin toss, drawing straws, or picking names from a hat. home.bt.com/news/uk-news/…
When theres a tie in voting for any government position(e.g. mayor) in the philippines they settle it with a coin flip. businessinsider.com/coin-…
During the 1938 Berlin Olympics, two Japanese pole vaulters who tied for second place refused to participate in a tie-breaker. Upon returning to Japan, they cut their medals in half and fused them to one another so each athlete ended up with a half-silver, half-bronze medal. independent.co.uk/sport/o…
The Hawaiian (Aloha) shirt is not casual wear in Hawaii and is actually used as business attire instead of a suit and tie hawaiibusiness.com/rebirt…
Dilbert (the comic) had a vegan breakfast burrito tie-in called the Dilberito. Adam's declared "three bites of the Dilberito made you fart so hard your intestines formed a tail". Introduced in 1999 it ended production in 2003. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dil…
In 1974 an MP 'voted' from the back of an ambulance on-site at the Palace of Westminster. A whip invoked the principle of "nodding through" because although the member was unconscious, medical equipment indicated the member was not in-fact dead. This vote broke a 310-310 tie. publications.parliament.u…
Razor&Tie, the originator of the late-night TV infomercial for compilation music albums, was started in an apartment by two practicing lawyers who loved music more than their jobs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raz…
A Minecraft-style Lenin monument has been erected in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. It depicts the Soviet founder, dressed in a black suit and red tie, striking his signature pose of an outstretched arm pointing into the distance. euronews.com/2017/11/29/s…
In a review/comparison for the video games "Infamous" and "Prototype", Yahtzee Croshaw of Zero Punctuation ruled a tie for quality and jokingly said that a tiebreaker would involve the developers dressing up the competing game's protagonist in drag. Both development teams complied. kotaku.com/infamous-defea…
A Russell Crowe commissioned script for Gladiator 2 would have seen a resurrected Maximus appearing in World War 2 and the Vietnam War, and would have ended with him in a suit and tie at the modern-day Pentagon. telegraph.co.uk/films/0/g…
There was a tie for Miss Universe 1954 crown, the 3rd edition of the pageant. The tie-breaking judgement was decided by Catalina Swimwear, the major sponsor of the pageant. Miriam Stevenson of USA won over Martha Rocha of Brazil as the former has a better physical figure and "fitter hips". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mir…
There can be a tie at the Oscars, and it’s happened 6 times before marieclaire.com/celebrity…
In several German towns, during an annual festival, it is tradition that a group of women storm the Town Hall and cut off the mayor’s tie, symbolically β€˜taking over the town’. deutschland.de/en/topic/l…
Ejection seat manufacturer Martin-Baker run the Ejection Tie Club, that is confined solely to those who have emergency ejected from an aircraft using a Martin-Baker ejection seat, which has thereby saved their life. martin-baker.com/ejection…
Pants and trousers are called pairs because they used to be separate. As early as the 16th Century, you'd feed one leg in, tie the top around your waist and do the same with the other leg. The name stayed even when they started being made as a single item. britannica.com/story/why-…
Pierce Brosnan wasn't allowed to wear a tuxedo in any other film while under contract to play Bond, so in The Thomas Crown Affair he had to dress 'improperly' for the black tie ball bondsuits.com/thomas-crow…
Today I learned about multi-sided records, which have more than one groove per side. A popular one is "The Monty Python Matching Tie and Handkerchief" LP (1973) that was multi-grooved on one side. There are music, comedy and game records with different versions, material, and outcomes depending on the groove. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mul…
Huichol Indian men tie ropes around their testicles when their wives are giving birth. When she feels a painful contraction, she tugs on the rope so her husband will share some of the pain as part of their child's entrance into the world. weirduniverse.net/blog/co…
In the 1992 Olympics, weightlifter Ibragim Samadov refused to have his bronze medal put around his neck. He dropped it and walked out, earning a disqualification and lifetime ban. The three medalists lifted the same weights, so the tie breaker was based on body weight. He lost by 0.05 kg. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ibr…
Today I learned of a contract between Disney and Robin Williams stating that the Genie from Aladin could not be used in any sort of merchandising or tie-in products. After Disney broke the contract, Robin received a Picasso painting as an apology. cinemablend.com/new/Robin…
Today I learned about Doug Henning, a Canadian-born master magician who incorporated comedy and rock music in his magic shows, while he performs his acts wearing tie-dye shirts and jumpsuits. britannica.com/biography/…
Today I learned about "The Other Dream Team", the 1992 Lithuanian Men's Basketball team. The squad had a sponsorship from the band The Grateful Dead, competed in tie-dyed uniforms, and won the bronze medal. deadspin.com/remembering-…
Actors who play James Bond "give away their rights to wear a tuxedo in any other film" and that this was circumvented by Pierce Brosnan in The Thomas Crown Affair by wearing an unbuttoned shirt and a white bow-tie which wasn't tied around his neck. cinemablend.com/new/Why-P…
Sound designer Ben Burtt created the distinctive TIE fighter sound effect by combining an elephant call with a car driving on wet pavement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TIE…
McDonald's "Super Sizing" started as a Jurassic Park merchandising tie-in. ca.movies.yahoo.com/blogs…
Dr. Robotnik (or Eggman) of the "Sonic the Hedgehog" franchise has a comic tie-in and a full backstory. In the comic, Dr. Ovi Kintobor and Sonic were friends, until a malfunction in the Dr.'s lab merged his body with a rotten egg and turned him evil. sonic.fandom.com/wiki/Doc…
An attempt to sell the Danish West Indies (later renamed the US Virgin Islands) failed in the upper house of the Danish parliament by a tie vote in 1902 as a result of two very old members of the upper house being transported 150 miles to Copenhagen so that they could vote against this sale cdnc.ucr.edu/?a=d&d=S…
The first time the Flash raced Superman, they made sure the race ended as a tie so that none of the gangsters that had bet on the race made any money blog.paxholley.net/2010/0…
Bill Nye's father taught him how to tie a bow tie so that he could impress girls in high school. popularmechanics.com/adve…
At the first World Cup Egypt missed their boat, a referee did all his games in suit, tie and knickerbockers, a player was suspended for opening a cafe, a referee called the final whistle after 84 minutes, Bolivia wore berets and a Romanian was believed to have died before turning up at his wake theguardian.com/football/…
That, in an attempt to emulate the popularity of Theodore Roosevelt's "Teddy Bear", toy companies tried to tie William Taft to the "Billy Possum". It was a complete failure. rmc.library.cornell.edu/A…
Today I learned about Michael H. Kenyon a.k.a. "The Enema Bandit". He would break into women's homes, tie them up, and give them an enema before robbing them. weirduniverse.net/blog/co…
The sound of a TIE Fighter from Star Wars is a combination of an elephant call with a car driving on wet pavement en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TIE…
1988 film Mac and Me, about a boy befriending a cute lost alien, was full of product placement with products playing a key role in the story. This prompted Disney to start a huge three year tie-in deal with the two products featured, but they still had to fulfil their Mac and Me deal first en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac…
There was a Super Nintendo game to tie into the 1994 film, "The Shadow" but the game was never released despite being completed due to the poor box office performance of the film. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
After Mick Jagger rang up bandmate Charlie Watts during the night and asked "Where's my drummer?" Watts got out of bed, shaved, dressed in a suit, put on a tie and freshly shined shoes, then went to Jagger's room and punched him in the face. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The RNA Tie Club was a scientific gentleman's club created to "solve the riddle of the RNA structure and... how it built proteins".The motto was "do or die; or don't try". The 20 members each had a designated amino acid and a tie. They would exchange ideas over cigars and alcohol. 8 won Nobels. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RNA…
....while filming A New Hope, Lucas insisted that Vader's TIE fighter spiral out into space instead of blowing up, leaving the question of a sequel. The other film members wanted to remove any questions if a sequel was happening, as sequels usually were regarded as inferior or flops. imdb.com/title/tt0076759/…
In addition to being an incredible Television/Film director, David Fincher is also a 2x Grammy Award winning music video director for his work on "Love Is Strong" by The Rolling Stones (1995) and "Suit & Tie" by Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z (2013). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
The record for most innings ever by a major league pitcher is 26 and is recorded as a tie by two players in the same game. mlb.com/cut4/5-of-the-lon…
Eazy-E, former rapper and N.W.A member was not buried in a suit and tie, but instead a flannel shirt, jeans and a Compton cap, reminiscent of what he wore en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eaz…
Infamous former Toronto Maple Leafs goon Tie Domi has a son, Max, who plays for the Leafs' main rivals, the Montreal Canadiens. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max…
In 1954, James D. Watson founded an invite-only 'RNA Tie-Club' composed of 20 men whose work was significant to DNA research en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RNA…
Lithuania's Olympic basketball team was able to participate in the 1992 Games despite post-independence financial issues partly thanks to a sponsorship from the Grateful Dead. They returned home in tie dye uniforms with bronze medals. deadspin.com/5931282/reme…
Chicken McNuggets come in four shapes: the bell, the bow-tie, the ball and the boot. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Today I learned of Sgt Earl Hale. While taking six SS officers prisoner, one slashed Hale's throat. He survived and remained in the European Theater. Later, General Patton himself would berate him for being out of uniform until he produced a doctor's note excusing him from wearing the required tie. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
A Doctor's tie can transmit sickness between patients because ties hardly ever get washed haicontroversies.blogspot…
Today I learned about Edwin Rist, a 20-year-old American flautist who broke into the British Natural History Museumto steal exotic birds to sell the feathers to people who tie flies for fisherman. Rist wanted to use the money to buy a golden flute. nationalgeographic.co.uk/…
Today I learned of the Sammies, an annual black tie, Oscars-like awards ceremony to celebrate people who had done extraordinary things in government. Past winners have helped revolutionize positive changes in energy, disaster relief, space exploration, veterans' care and many other spheres servicetoamericamedals.or…
There is a sport called ferret-legging where contestants with no underwear tie their pants at the ankle and dump two ferrets in. A belt is tightened and whoever can stand having their dangly bits bitten and scratched the longest wins. The world record is five hours and 30 minutes. artofmanliness.com/articl…
Today I learned of "Keelhauling", a Naval punishment where sailors would tie ropes to the limbs of the victim and drag him across the bottom of the ship, resulting in severe lacerations and infection from barnacle growth on the hull - if they didn't drown first thewayofthepirates.com/pi…
Today I learned of the Ejection Tie Club who’s members have all avoided certain death by being saved by Martin-Baker aircraft ejection seats martin-baker.com/ejection…
NASA has a plan if astronauts "Lose It", and that plan is to tie them up with duct tape. cbsnews.com/news/nasa-has…
While we equate tie-dye clothing with 1960s hippie culture, the practice dates back to as early as the 500s C.E. in Japan and China, and was common in India and Africa long before the U.S. merryjane.com/culture/tie…
NASA has a detailed set of written procedures for dealing with a suicidal or psychotic astronaut in space. The astronaut's crewmates should bind his wrists and ankles with duct tape, tie him down with a bungee cord and inject him with tranquilizers if necessary. nbcnews.com/id/17300028/n…
The PC game TIE Fighter, primarily a space combat simulator, enjoyed a remarkably positive critical reception after its 1994 release, as well as garnering acclaim in more recent retrospectives. IGN named it the "best Star Wars game ever made" in 2010. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
A Darth Vader burger with a black bun was served by a French fast food chain to tie in with the premiere of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 3D ibtimes.com/darth-vader-b…
According to an book on New Zealand farming, Moscow offered to give NZ a nuclear submarine, MiG jets and tanks to help settle Russia's debt for dairy products. When told that NZ had a nuclear-free policy, Moscow's response was: "tie it up in some port and connect it to the national grid" stuff.co.nz/national/poli…
In Western dress code, "semi-formal" is technically synonymous with "black tie" (tuxedos and evening gowns). True "formal" dress is known as "white tie," and consists of tailcoats for men and ball gowns for women. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wes…
In swimming finishes within 0.01 seconds are considered a tie, because to determine times within 0.001 seconds the length of each lane could differ no more than 1.7mm. olympics.time.com/2012/07…
The movie "Cabin in the Woods" was suppose to have a tie-in with the game Left 4 Dead, and even had the game's special infected hidden in the final movie. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In Summer Olympics a tie for first (and thus multiple gold medals) has occurred 26+ times smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
When the movie "The Rock" premiered on Alcatraz in 1996 a man windsurfed to the island wearing a wing-collar tuxedo shirt and bow tie, and then snuck into the celebrity party. He claimed to have already had a cocktail with Sean Connery by the time he was caught. sfgate.com/entertainment/…
Musicians with Tourette’s Syndrome may notice a reduction in Tic expression when playing music, the degree of which is hypothesized to correlate with how regularly they play. Additionally, the combination of type of instrument played and Tic they deal with is believed to tie into noticed results scholarcommons.usf.edu/cg…
The square patch on the outside of your backpack is used to tie things to, such as shoes youtube.com/watch?v=CNuRC…
McDonald's Chicken McNuggets are cut into 4 distinct shapes: the bell, boot, ball, and bow-tie/bone. rd.com/food/fun/mcdonalds…
The Lost World: Jurassic Park's tie in game ends with Jeff Goldblum telling the player to turn the console off and do something that matters youtu.be/a4_jMfBq3dc
Ejectees of a Martin Baker Ejection seat join the "Ejection Tie Club," and receive a pin and tie. martin-baker.com/clubs
The reason we call them a 'pair of pants', even though it's one garment, is because pants used to be in two pieces. You would put one leg on and tie it around your waist, then put on the second leg the same way. localhistories.org/underw…
The signature TIE fighter roar is a combination of an elephant call and a car driving on wet pavement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TIE…
Lenny "Luca Brasi" Montana of The Godfather used to be an arsonist for the mob. He'd tie a kerosene-soaked tampon to a mouse's tail, light it, and set it loose in a building. pastemagazine.com/article…
Formal business attire in Bermuda is a regular suit jacket and tie, worn with (often brightly coloured) bermuda shorts. lionbridgeondemand.com/bl…
A battle, involving over 30,000 Roman troops and a larger Pontic opposition, resulted in a tie, after both sides withdrew from the field scared, as they witnessed a β€˜silvery-hot’ meteor bombarding the middle ground between them. realmofhistory.com/2015/1…
Monty Python's album 'The Monty Python Matching Tie And Handkerchief' had double grooves on side B, meaning that depending on where you dropped the needle, a different set of tracks would play. Because there was no track listing, many fans were genuinely confused. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
There was only 1 group in World Cup History to end with a 4-way tie en.wikipedia.org/wiki/199…
Some fisherman in Japan use cormorants (birds) to fish for them. They tie a ring around their neck to stop them from swallowing the fish. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…

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