Today I learned about the proposed Titles of Nobility Amendment to the US Constitution, which has been pending for 210 years. The Amendment would strip US citizenship from any citizen who accepts a title of nobility from a foreign country. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/11t…
Colonel Sanders (which is a the highest honorary title in the State of Kentucky) of KFC fame sold his company in 1964 for only $2 million dollars ($17 million today). He remained as brand ambassador but complained the company had cut costs and made an inferior product than the early days. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
BeyoncΓ© assumed she would automatically get the title role of Princess Tiana - Disney's first black princess - in the 2009 film The Princess and the Frog, so she refused to audition. The role went to Anika Noni Rose, who had co-starred with BeyoncΓ© in the 2006 film Dreamgirls cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
The title of the Radiohead album "OK Computer" comes from a line in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: "OK, computer, I want full manual control now." The song "Paranoid Android" refers to "Hitchhiker" character Marvin, the Paranoid Android. vice.com/en/article/ev4ga…
A one word article was the shortest ever published in the New York Times. The title: β€œWhen I’m Mistakenly Put on an Email Chain, Should I Hit β€˜Reply All’ Asking to Be Removed?” The entire article: "No." tvweek.com/tvbizwire/2016…
The #1 pop song "Love Yourself" performed by Justin Bieber was written by Ed Sheeran, who later stated that the orginal title of the song was actually "Fuck Yourself". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lov…
Today I learned of Kay Antonelli. Her official civil service title, as printed on her employment documentation, was "computer". During her work as a computer, she invented the subroutine (a sequence of computer instructions which can be used repeatedly). Today, the subroutine is essential programming for all. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kat…
In Italy, the Disney movie "Moana" had to change its title to "Oceania" because of a famous porn star with the same name. player.one/disneys-moana-…
A British man legally changed his name to James Bond and all its film titles up to Casino Royale as middle name. At 69 words, it was one of the longest recorded name in the world. digitaljournal.com/articl…
Today I learned of Prince Charles Edward, a grandson of Queen Victoria and grandfather of the current King of Sweeden. Although was born and educated in England, he fought for Germany in WWI and lost his British royal titles. He later became an active member of the Nazi party and joined the SS during WWII. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The presidents of France pass down a monarch title of Co-Prince of Andorra through their transitions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Co-…
Walter Lewin (aka the "Trust in Physics" professor) was found to have sexually harassed at least one student on an online class in 2014. As a result, he had his Professor Emeritus title revoked, and had his courses and lectures removed from MIT. insidehighered.com/news/2…
American film actress Grace Kelly acquired 142 official titles on her marriage to Rainier III, Prince of Monaco en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
When George Foreman won the heavyweight championship at age 45 against Michael Moorer, he wore the same trunks he wore when he lost the title to Muhammad Ali 20 years prior. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Mark Hamill's laughter as the Joker was based on his Mozart laughter when he played the title role in Amadeus on Broadway. cinemablend.com/televisio…
Steven Spielberg created the Medal of Honor video game franchise. The first title was released in 1999, a year after Saving Private Ryan. Most of the games in the franchise were set during WWII. ign.com/articles/2012/05/…
Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a Japanese military leader who unified Japan and became the de facto leader of Japan, was never granted the title of Shogun because he had no traceable samurai lineage, and his father was an ashigaru – a peasant employed by the samurai as a foot soldier. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toy…
The old timey β€œfisticuffs stance” existed because early boxing bouts allowed grappling. Even Daniel Mendoza, the man who popularised the stance, lost his title because his opponent managed to grab his hair and kept a firm grip while continually punching him in the face with his free hand. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
The title song for the film The Neverending Story has a fade-in at the beginning and a fade-out at the end in order to imply that the song is neverending. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
TV's first spinoff was "The Adventures of Champion", which was spun off from the Gene Autry show in 1955-56. Champion was Autry's horse. The show was re-run many times from the 1970's to the early 90's by the BBC under the title "Champion the Wonder Horse". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? got its title from a song performed by Frank Sinatra in the 1956 comedy musical High Society. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who…
The Spanish King still holds the titles that Habsburg kings once held, such as King of Jerusalem and Archduke of Austria, and also King of the Two Sicilies, but are only ceremonial and in name only en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Rosa Parks sued OutKast for the use of her name in a song title billboard.com/articles/ne…
The current holder of the title "worst vice president of the United States of America" according to the Time Magazine is held by Aaron Burr, the murderer of Alexander Hamilton. You become eligible for that list only after your first term. content.time.com/time/spe…
Queen Victoria was irritated at being, as a mere Queen, notionally inferior to her daughter Princess Victoria, who was the wife of the reigning German Emperor and hence an Empress - so the British government created for her the title of Empress of India en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emp…
When Academy Award-winning actress Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier III of Monaco - becoming Princess Grace of Monaco - the religious ceremony took only 15 minutes, but the following recitation of the 142 royal titles acquired by Kelly took another 25 minutes goodhousekeeping.com/life…
Today I learned about Morning Star. A Company With No Bosses, No Titles, No Structural Hierarchy hbr.org/2011/12/first-let…
Today I learned of the 1986 Bhutan A-Division, which was the inaugural year of football played at the country's national level. The Royal Bhutan Army would end up winning the title, defeating the likes of teams such as Social Service, Finance, Health School, and Education. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198…
Grand Theft Auto V is the highest grossing media title of all time. The game made more money than any movie, album, or video game. It made twice as much money as the highest grossing film of all time. marketwatch.com/story/thi…
The movie Legally Blonde is based on a novel of the same title, which the author based on her experiences at Stanford Law School. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leg…
An executive wanted to change Back to the Future’s title to the Spaceman from Pluto, only to get a sarcastic response from Spielberg that embarrassed him out of going through with the idea radiotimes.com/news/2016-…
In 1971, "Timothy" became a one-hit wonder for a band called The Buoys. It reached 17 on the Top 40, and was a song about cannibalism. The title character was the victim, and the song is sung from the perspective of one of cannibals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
The title of the movie, "Gattaca," was invented out of G, A, T and C, which stand for guanine, adenine, thymine and cytosine, the four nucleobases of DNA. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gat…
Today I learned of one of the most dominant competitors of all time, Australian squash player Heather McKay. McKay only lost two games in her career, going undefeated from 1962 to 1981, winning 16 British Opens, 2 World Opens and various national titles. squashinfo.com/players/23…
Today I learned about King Simeon II of Bulgaria who was exiled in 1946 after Bulgaria became communist. He returned 50 yrs. later in 1996 after the fall of communism and later become the Prime Minister of Bulgaria. He is also the only living person who has borne the title "Tsar"and the last person to do so. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sim…
"Servants of the Wankh", the 1969 sci-fi novel by Jack Vance, had its title later changed to avoid resemblance to a British slang term en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
Today I learned of James Scott. A prisoner who fought in 7 nationally televised boxing matches from behind bars. He rose to be the No.2 contender in the WBA rankings, defeating the No.1 along the way. The WBA stripped his ranking after becoming concerned that a prison inmate might actually win the world title. boxrec.com/media/index.ph…
The cast of Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (the fifth in the series) were not aware they were in a Friday the 13th movie until after they were cast. The movie's fake title was called "Repetition". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fri…
Because UK television wasn't allowed to use the word "ninja" in kids' programming titles in the 1980s, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles became known as Hero Turtles there. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nin…
"See You Next Wednesday" is a prop movie title used in many John Landis' films, including American Werewolf in London where it was the XXX Movie in the Porn theater at the end. It has also been referenced in dozens of films, TV shows and Graphic Novels en.wikipedia.org/wiki/See…
Good Omens began life as a parody of Richmal Crompton's Just William books under the provisional title William the Antichrist. theguardian.com/books/boo…
A working title is a temporary name given to a project while it is in development. It's used to disguise the project, an example being "Group Hug" for the Avengers movie. Sam Jackson insisted that "Snakes on a Plane" be used as the actual title for the movie as the real title was too boring. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wor…
The movie Blade Runner got its title from a book called The Bladerunner by Alan E. Nourse. The novel was was published in 1974 and has nothing to do with Ridley Scott's Blade Runner universe theverge.com/2017/10/4/16…
That the children of Princess Anne, the daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, carry no Royal Titles. They are still in the Royal line of succession but have no peerage titles because thier father was common born and refused a title upon marriage into the Royal Family. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…
Cobain came up with the song's title when a friend wrote "Kurt Smells Like Teen Spirit" on his wall. She meant that Cobain smelled like the deodorant Teen Spirit, which his girlfriend wore. Cobain said he was unaware of the deodorant and had interpreted it as a revolutionary slogan. thisdayinmusic.com/liner-…
Polish soldier Aniela KrzywoΕ„ was the only non-Soviet woman to be awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union, after she died rescuing soldiers and military documents from a burning military truck en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ani…
Stan Lee wrote the lyrics for the Defenders of the Earth main title song. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Def…
Beethoven’s famous β€œMoonlight Sonata” was not named as such until after Beethoven’s death by a critic. The original title is β€œQuasi Una Fantasia” or β€œIn the Manner of a Fantasy”. Many experts have claimed that this is proof the piece is meant to be played exponentially faster than is common. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pia…
The title and chorus of the song "What's Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made a Loser Out of Me)" is a stealth reference to alcohol - Schlitz beer used to have the slogan "The beer that made Milwaukee famous.". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wha…
Alfred Hitchcock made two movies with the title β€œThe Man Who Knew Too Much” (1934/1956) but with different plots. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…

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