Admiral Ackbar was voted by students to be the Ole Miss Rebel's mascot. Lucasfilm declined to allow the characters use for the role stating he would have trouble finding time to attend games as he was leading the Rebel Alliance Fleet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adm…
In 1989, Will Smith did β€˜Fresh Prince’ because he was in Trouble with the IRS, $2.8 Million in Taxes after his 2nd Album Flopped indianexpress.com/article…
A married Secret Service agent had trouble extraditing a hacker from Romania, so he pretended he was a woman, flirted for 7 months online, and nabbed the criminal when he flew to Boston with 3 boxes of grape-flavored condoms. cnbc.com/id/102114351
During WWII the United Kingdom removed all roadsigns in hopes that if the Nazis mounted a ground invasion they would get lost and have trouble navigating en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roa…
Alfred Hitchcock owned the rights to his classic films Vertigo, Rear Window, Rope, The Trouble with Harry, and The Man Who Knew Too Much. He refused to allow them to be distributed or re-released for over two decades; they were known as the "Forbidden Five" until three years after his death. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
The Apollo Missions (11 to 16), astronauts had trouble getting life insurance as no one would insure someone being in the high risk environment of Space, so they autographed some postal covers before they left Earth. On the chance they didn't come back, those items would be sold for money. atlasobscura.com/articles…
A Zander (type of fish) in Switzerland attacked two tourists in 2009. The local police then caught and cooked it for the tourists as way of an apology for the trouble caused. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zan…
Stan Lee and Jack Kirby intended the Hulk to be gray. But the printing press kept having trouble with the Hulk's color and he kept coming out green. So he only spent the first few issues of his comic being gray. io9.gizmodo.com/the-many-…
Today I learned of the decoy effect. When there are only two options, people may have trouble making a choice. An unattractive third option, a "decoy", can change the perceived preference between the other two. Companies take advantage of this effect to sell its products by cleverly pricing its products. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dec…
In 1729, Jonathan Swift published a satirical essay in which suggested that the impoverished Irish might ease their economic troubles by selling their children as food to rich gentlemen. This satirical hyperbole mocked heartless attitudes of the British towards the poor and Irish in general en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_M…
"Dyscalculia is a learning disability in math. People with dyscalculia have trouble with math at many levels. They often struggle with key concepts like bigger vs. smaller. And they can have a hard time doing basic math problems and more abstract math." understood.org/en/learnin…
Today I learned about a 9-year-old kid who got a job decorating a restaurant with his drawings after he kept getting in trouble for doodling in class boredpanda.com/doodle-boy…
In the U.S. (unlike other countries), the placebo effect is so strong that new painkillers have trouble beating it in clinical trials. nature.com/news/strong-pl…
Tupac Shakur made his movie debut in 1991’s β€œNothing But Trouble” with Digital Underground, singing his original tune, β€œSame Song.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
Herman Goering's brother, Albert, was anti-Nazi and even enabled sabotage and resistance operations in Czechoslovakia during the war. He regularly used his brother's influence to get out of trouble. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
Hitler believed women should follow the 3 "K's" of Kinder, Kuche, and Kirche (Children, Kitchen, Church). Payment was given for each child conceived and volunteers were allowed to sleep with SS officers. Thin women were discouraged as they may have trouble with childbirth. bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides…
Canadian researchers developed an implant which restores the movement of patients with advanced Parkinson's disease who have trouble walking, freezing on the spot and falling. By electrical stimulation to the spine via the implant, the signal reawakens the feedback from legs to brain. bbc.com/news/health-47803…
"picking quarrels and provoking trouble" is an ill defined crime under the law of the People's Republic of China punishable by up to five years in prison. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pic…
Just before Live Aid, Freddie Mercury was told by his doctor not to do the show because of some vocal trouble. He of course, ignored it, and went on to deliver a 20 minutes show that, according to a BBC poll, is the greatest live performance of all time. attitude.co.uk/article/qu…
Today I learned about a poem written called "The Chaos" written by Gerard Nolst Trenite that highlights the absurdities and nuances of the English language. New english speakers will likely have trouble reading it, but native readers will probably breeze through it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned of Latrell Sprewell, a basketball player whose career ended when he refused a $21-million 3-year contract, implying that he felt it wasn’t enough money to feed his children. He was never offered another contract by an NBA team, and has since experienced financial troubles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lat…
Astronaut James B. Irwin, who walked on the moon in 1971, later became a minister who was involved in six unsuccesseful expeditions to search for traces of Noah's Ark. Irwin had a history of heart trouble and was the first to die of the 12 men who walked on the moon deseret.com/1991/8/9/1893…
That, at the height of the Troubles in the UK, a killer whale ventured into the waters of the city Derry. Named Dopey Dick, it drew massive attention, and became a distraction from the conflict. Dick later safely left on its own accord. bbc.com/news/uk-northern-…
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…
Haunted house attractions didn't really go mainstream in North America until the Great Depression, when parents began organizing haunted houses or trails to keep young men from causing trouble on All Hallow's Eve. history.com/news/hallowee…
The food in Alcatraz Prison was so good that the guards and prison staff ate the same exact meals as the prisoners. This was because the warden believed most trouble in prison is caused by bad food. bonappetit.com/entertaini…
According to a study, strict parents can turn their kids into more effective liars because children who are afraid to tell the truth learn more deceptive behaviors to avoid getting in trouble. independent.co.uk/news/uk…
The Danish language is so full of vowel sounds and guttural swallowed consonants that even Danish children have trouble understanding it, learning to speak at a much slower rate than in other countries. cphpost.dk/life-in-denmar…
Even though Benjamin Franklin is credited with many popular inventions, he never patented or copyrighted any of them. He believed that they should be given freely and that claiming ownership would only cause trouble and β€œsour one’s Temper and disturb one’s Quiet.” smallbusiness.com/history…
The Republic of Ireland drew up plans to invade Northern Ireland during the troubles in 1970 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exe…
Today I learned about a Siberian Husky named Togo. A sick pup the owner's wife brought back to health. He was a trouble maker and given away as a pet, but Togo trekked back to the original owner. He is considered a hero dog for delivering medicine in Alaska. All modern Huskies are related to Togo. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tog…
Dogs, just like humans, can have autism. Professionally known as 'Canine Dysfunctional Behaviour', such dogs display similar symptoms to autistic humans like social interaction difficulties and trouble expressing emotions. woofdog.org/can-dogs-have…
Even animals like jellyfish that lack brains need to snooze. Biologists have discovered that like people, jellyfish hit the hay & have the same trouble we do waking up. Because these creatures are very low on the animal family tree, the work suggests that the ability to sleep evolved quite early sciencemag.org/news/2017/…
When Benjamin Franklin's eyesight deteriorated with age, he became both nearsighted and farsighted. He didn't like the trouble of switching between two different pairs of eyeglasses, so he came up with an invention that he called double spectacles or bifocal eyeglasses. science.howstuffworks.com…
The anechoic chambers are the quietest places on Earth and have background noises measured in negative decibels. After a few minutes in chambers, you can hear your heartbeat and blood circulating in your ears and could experience troubles with orienting or even standing. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Contrary to everything Jurassic park taught me. Velociraptor was about the size of a modern domesticated Turkey, had feathers and would have had trouble taking down a poodle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vel…
When Mary Queen of Scots was executed, her executioners knelt before her to ask her forgiveness. She granted it saying β€œI forgive you with all my heart, for now, I hope, you shall make an end of all my troubles.” Unfortunately the headsman missed his first stroke, hitting the back of her head. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Dogs are red-green colorblind and can have trouble differentiating orange toys from the grass when they are playing outside. akc.org/expert-advice/hea…
:Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is a condition in which a change from lying to standing causes an abnormally large increase in heart rate.[1] This occurs with symptoms that may include lightheadedness, trouble thinking, blurred vision or weakness. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
Hakuna Matata wasn't a word made up by Disney. It's Swahili for "no trouble" or "no problems" wikipedia.org/wiki/Hakuna…
The movie Big Trouble was originally scheduled for release on September 21, 2001, and had a strong advertising push. The September 11 attacks of that year made the film's comedic smuggling of a nuclear device onto an airplane unpalatable. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
Today I learned about The Disappeared, people who are believed to have been abducted and murdered in Northern Ireland during The Troubles. 3 of the bodies are still missing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
Thailand offered to send elephants to the USA during the civil war. Lincoln declined on the basis that steam engines would make the elephants more trouble than they were worth, but was extremely grateful and deferential in his reply nonetheless. nydailynews.com/newswires…
Tupac Shakur’s first movie role was in the Dan Ackroyd movie β€œNothing But Trouble” youtu.be/iS8EolrR2Ck
On Full House Bob Saget, John Stamos & Dave Coulier often got in trouble for "adult humor" in front of their child co-stars and got busted doing whip its off screen with 15 cans of Redi Whip while impatiently waiting for the girls to finish shooting a scene. screenrant.com/full-house…
Americans in Germany frequently get into trouble because they mow their lawns on sundays and holidays, which is a punishable offense in Germany. German law forbids making excessive noise on sundays and holidays, aswell as from 10PM to 7AM on weekdays. kaiserslauternamerican.co…
NBC refused to produce a Seinfeld episode whereβ€”in the scriptβ€”George got in trouble for saying he’s never seen a black person ever order a salad. vanityfair.com/hollywood/…
Swedes use the term 'Curling Parents' for overprotective parents who - as in the ice game - sweep out all trouble in front of their kids nytimes.com/2018/10/03/op…
The Power Puff Girls has a fourth sister named Bliss. Professor Utonium made Bliss with the same recipe (Sugar and Spice and everything nice) but used Chemical W instead of Chemical X. so Bliss has trouble controlling her powers. vulture.com/2017/09/power…
The British military used a laundry service and a massage parlor to gather information in Northern Ireland during the Troubles insidehook.com/article/mi…
Due to Bengal famine in 1770 almost 10 million people died in Bengal in 4 years eliminating 1/3rd of the population. This led to huge reduction in land Revenues of the East India Company which then influenced British to pass Tea act to reduce its troubles which led to Boston Tea Party. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
Years before she was famous, Keira Knightley played Natalie Portman's double in "The Phantom Menace", and when the girls were in full makeup, even their mothers had trouble telling them apart. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kei…
Stuntman Dick Warlock was Kurt Russell’s personal body double for over 25 years in films like Escape From New York, Big Trouble in Little China, and The Thing. wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_W…
In 1979, a ship smuggling marijuana into Alaska experienced mechanical trouble and had to dock in Canada. On appeal, the case was tossed because the accused never intended to enter Canada. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R_v…
Rubber bullets were invented by the British Ministry of Defence for use against rioters in the Troubles in Northern Ireland, first used there in 1970 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rub…
If you're having trouble at a Japanese Rail Ticket Machine, a secret hatch will pop open next to the machine and a helper will pop out of it to manually finish the transaction for you. soranews24.com/2013/03/08…
Today I learned about "The Trouble with Tracy", the early 70s Canadian sitcom. NGT ordered 130 episodes for a single season. As a result, seven episodes had to be filmed each day, the entire series was shot on a living room set, and the writers had to resort to adapting 1940s radio dramas to come up with plots. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The "Heli-Torch" is a "specially equipped" helicopter "that sprays flames onto tinder below. The idea is to destroy dry vegetation in areas firefighters have trouble reaching, thus hindering the wildfire's expansion." citylab.com/environment/2…
Alcatraz had some of the best food in the federal prison system including chili dogs, butter-drenched potatoes, pork chops, biscuits and gravy & banana pudding because the warden believed β€œmost trouble in prison is caused by bad food.” The prison staff ate the same food as the prisoners. bonappetit.com/entertaini…
NYC yellow cabs and livery cars have a 4.5-inch amber flasher (aka a "trouble light") on the rear. Its serves as a way to alert outsiders that they are feeling threatened. It's like their version of a silent alarm banks use. cityroom.blogs.nytimes.co…
After only 73 years of separation, the Korean language spoken in the North and South have diverged so that 45% of North Korean defectors have trouble understanding South Koreans and 1% can't understand South Koreans at all theconversation.com/4-thi…
- Stan Lee and Jack Kirby intended the Hulk to be gray but the printing press kept having trouble with the Hulk's color and he kept coming out green. So he only spent the first few issues of his comic being gray. io9.gizmodo.com/the-many-…
Steve Jobs was such a perfectionist that he often had trouble making simple decisions. For instance, it took him 8 years just to choose a sofa for his living room, and he apparently spent two weeks discussing which washer and dryer to buy cultofmac.com/125861/stev…
An Israeli couple broke the record for the world’s longest kiss by making out for 30 hours and 45 minutes – and ended up in the hospital for their effort. There, they were treated for fatigue and given medical checkups. For their troubles, they won a trip around the world and $2,500 in cash nypost.com/1999/04/08/lon…
Stu Roosa was afraid of heights but still became a jet pilot and Apollo astronaut. As command module pilot, Roosa did scientific observations from orbit, and prepared to swoop down in case trouble arose when Antares rose off the lunar surface space.com/20392-stuart-ro…
Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, I Love You, Man, etc) wore a Superman cape underneath his clothing until he was 13, "just in case there was trouble." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jas…
George Orwell had trouble getting Animal Farm published due to Soviet-British relations during WW2. Once, a publisher agreed to release the novella but later reneged after warning from an officer at the British Ministry of Information. The officer was soon discovered to be a Soviet spy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ani…
The older we get, the area in the brain responsible for filtering noises in the background and make us concentrate gets weaker. that's why elderly people have trouble driving. They focus too much on the background of moving objects, and not enough on the actual moving objects in the foreground nbcnews.com/id/41273929/n…
Brad Pitt believes he has Prosopagnosia or "face blindness", a condition in which he has trouble recognizing and remembering faces, including his own medicaldaily.com/brad-pit…
A Texas sheriff was duped into buying money copying box. Irate that the box did not work, he confronted the seller, who convinced the sheriff he had been operating it incorrectly and gave him some money for the trouble. The sheriff was later arrested because the money he had been given was fake. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
The guy who invented the koosh ball , invented it because his own child was having trouble catching a ball mentalfloss.com/article/7…
The 9/11 attacks also may have killed actor Victor Wong of Big Trouble in Little China and Golden Child fame, who stayed up all night in California worried about his sons who lived in New York en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vic…
In the middle of the Great Depression, a man placed an offer in an Ohio newspaper, saying: If you’re in trouble, write me. Many people sent him desperate letters, needing things like shoes, a coat, mercy, food, and to save their family from despair. And back came checks, under a pseudonym. onpoint.legacy.wbur.org/2…
During the 'Son of Sam' murders in New York City, beauty supply stores had trouble meeting the demand for wigs after the police revealed that all the victims so far had long, dark hair––women changed their hair to avoid becoming victims en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Jackie Chan turned down the role of Wang Chi in Big Trouble Little China throwbacks.com/facts-abou…
In 1974 Great Britain had a secret plan to cut all ties with Northern Ireland, drawn up by PM Harold Wilson. The plan was "an attempt to end the Troubles by forcing unionists to share power with nationalists". The Irish government argued it would cause a civil war. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_ne…
Vatican once invited Stephen Hawking to a conference where he had an audience with the Pope. Pope John Paul had trouble understanding Hawking and knelt down beside his wheelchair to hear him better, prompting one scientist to comment that "things certainly have changed since Galileo." wired.com/2002/12/pope-as…
James Hong (Lopan from Big Trouble in Little China) served in the US Army during the Korean War, but he was so entertaining to the other troops in training camp that the camp general requested he stay at the camp to be in charge of live shows rather than deploy overseas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
To create an authentic fantasy setting in the KrΓΆd MΓ€ndoon pilot episode "Wench Trouble", costumes were built without zippers or velcro and weapons were built by an ancient weapon replica specialist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wen…
Fearful-Avoidant adults are torn between a desire for intimacy and a fear of sharing their emotions. They want close relationships, but have trouble trusting others relationshipslovehappines…
Goats, like us, have regional accents, and goats from different regions can have trouble understanding each other. newsfeed.time.com/2012/02…
Harry Truman was the poorest US president, and the presidential pension was created in 1958 due to Truman's financial trouble. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Walt Disney had a strong friendship with Salvador Dali throughout his life; the two even collaborated on an animated film project in the 40s, titled "Destino," but it couldn't be completed at the time due to financial troubles and wasn't released until half a century later in 2003. huffpost.com/entry/salvad…
A filmmaker dreamed for decades about making a film about passengers on a train, but had trouble finding funding for a documentary whose subjects could only be discovered after shooting began. He passed away a month before his film "In Transit" premiered indiewire.com/2017/06/alb…
While filming Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the live rabbit they used for the "monster" scenes was covered in what they assumed was washable red dye. But when they had trouble cleaning it off, they had to stop filming to desperately clean the rabbit before its owner arrived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
The old format of 'Wheel of Fortune' in the 1980s took so long to film that hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White would sneak off and have β€œtwo or three or six” margaritas before returning to the set, where they would β€œhave trouble recognizing the alphabet”. today.com/popculture/pat-…
Open plan offices are bad for business – workers are 15% less productive, have trouble concentrating, and are twice as likely to get sick. bbc.com/capital/story/201…
Ridley Scott had plans to adapt the dystopian novel Brave New World into a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Ridley Scott ultimately had trouble doing the book justice and stated, β€œI don’t know what to do with Brave New World. It’s tough….when you reanalyze it, maybe it should stay a book". syfy.com/syfywire/ridley_…
During the Troubles in Northern Ireland, the IRA would kidnap the families of 'collaborators' and threaten to kill them unless the collaborators drove suicide car bombs into military checkpoints en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
In the 1970s, at the height of the Troubles, Stanley Kubrick was in Ireland shooting scenes featuring red-coated British soldiers. He got a threatening phone call telling him he had 24 hours to leave Ireland. He left in 12. rte.ie/entertainment/2015…
After the 2015 Paris Attacks, Northern Irish punk band Stiff Little Fingers refused to cancel their upcoming Paris gig, citing their experience of musicians avoiding Belfast because of the Troubles in the 1970s as their reasoning bbc.co.uk/news/uk-norther…
When British Airways had trouble erecting the London Eye, Virgin flew an airship over it saying "BA Can't Get It Up" virgin.com/richard-branso…
Jeffery Dahmer was pulled over in 1978 on suspicion of DUI while trying to dispose of his first victim. A garbage bag containing the dismembered body was in plain view of the police officer. Dahmer talked his way out of trouble and was let go. nytimes.com/1992/02/12/us…
In January 2017, the Icelandic Naming Committee ruled that parents could not name their child Hel "on the grounds that the name would cause the child significant distress and trouble as it grows up". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
There are languages with no words for numbers, and people who speak them have trouble keeping track of amounts higher than 5 sapiens.org/language/anum…
When the makers of OxyContin were sued by Kentucky over the drug, a survey was run to see if a jury would be impartial. Almost 40% of residents knew someone with criminal trouble because of the drug, 33% said they knew someone who overdosed/was seriously hurt, and 29% knew someone who died. bloomberg.com/news/articl…
When FDR died, Eleanor Roosevelt told Harry Truman that the president was dead. When he asked there was anything he could do for her, she replied, β€œIs there anything we can do for you? For you are the one in trouble now.” history.com/this-day-in-h…
The first premier of Nunavut developed a drinking problem, found himself in trouble with the law and was expelled from school. He didn’t get his life back on track until entered a rehab program in his mid-20s. He become premier at 34 and the first Arctic-born Inuk to qualify as a legalist macleans.ca/news/canada/p…
We do not sleep well in a new place on first night as one brain hemisphere stays more alert than the other during deep-sleep stage as the former is gearing up for any threat or trouble techtimes.com/articles/15…
7-11 targets certain franchises for repossession using tactics including listening devices and hidden cameras, stakeouts and informing to the Department of Homeland Security to trigger ICE raids on underperforming or trouble stores. bloomberg.com/news/featur…

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