To film the scenes of the audience watching the "Ass Movie" in Idiocracy (2006), a theater was rented and extras were paid to watch a buttocks on the screen, which garnered genuine laughter--making Mike Judge consider his own film a waste of time. fastcompany.com/3064328/m…
In 2005, a plane leaving from LA had to make an emergency landing due faulty landing gear. Before landing, they had to fly for a couple of hours to burn of fuel in case of a fire when landing. This was broadcasted live on TV and the passengers onboard were able to watch it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jet…
On Nov 22, 1963 while watching TV reports of JFK's death, Annie Shapiro had a stroke and slipped into a coma. 29 years later she awoke in bed as a 79 year old grandmother still married to her husband. Her first words upon sitting up were "Turn on the television. I want to watch I Love Lucy" cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/…
In Japan, you can hire a handsome man to watch sappy movies with you and wipe away your tears. The company, "Ikemeso Danshi," (Handsome Weeping Boys) was born out of the idea that crying can be therapeutic and showing off your vulnerability can make you work better as a team. bbc.com/news/magazine-371…
People would come and go during movies before Psycho. Hitchcock required theaters to not allow people in after it started. It was after that when people would watch entire movies more regularly from start to end hollywoodreporter.com/rac…
Nelson Mandela was on the U.S. Terror Watch List until 2008 time.com/5338569/nelson-m…
In the USA, only 53% of Generation Z-ers (people born from 1997 onwards) identify as sports fans, compared to 63% of all adults and 69% of millennials. Generation Z-ers are half as likely as millennials to watch live sports regularly, and twice as likely to never watch morningconsult.com/2020/0…
In the UK you need an annual license to watch broadcast TV. But today in 2021 you can still apply for a black and white TV License incase your TV can't do colour! tvlicensing.co.uk/faqs/FA…
A sports writer wrote a rude and snarky article about the WNBA even though he had never been to a game. He was confronted by a WNBA star who chided him and invited him to watch her play. Two years later they were married. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reb…
Today I learned of Charles Fryatt, the captain of a passenger ferry who received a watch from the British Admiralty for attempting to ram a German U-Boat in 1915 that was trying to sink him. In 1916, his ferry was captured by the Germans. The watch he received was used against him and he was tried and executed. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england…
The first non-stop UK to Canada flights were RAF Canberras carrying BBC recordings of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation, so that Canadians were able to watch it the same day it happened. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
In the live version of Johnny Cash's Folsom Prison Blues (recorded at Folsom) you can hear the audience cheering after the line "I shot a man in Reno / just to watch him die" ... but it was actually added in later. In reality, the prisoners avoided cheering, fearing reprisal from guards. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fol…
The actress who played the girl in the red jacket in Schindler's List was 3 at the time of filming. Spielberg asked her not to watch the film until she was 18, but she watched it when she was 11 and said she was "horrified" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
King Farouk of Egypt, the Pickpocket King. Infamous for stealing Winston Churchill's pocket watch, he was a known kleptomaniac and would steal from several rulers. Upon escaping from Egypt, authorities found the world's largest porn collection at the time among his belongings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far…
In 1505 the world's first portable pocket-sized clock was invented. It acquired the name watch from sailors who used it to replace the hourglasses they used to time their 4-hour shifts of duty, or watches. gallantry.com/blogs/journ…
Quentin Tarantino's films have their own Universes. One is called 'The Realer Than Real World Universe' that all the characters are in and inside that universe there's another called the 'The Movie Movie Universe' which are shows those characters would watch esquire.com/entertainment…
Missouri Deer poacher David Berry Jr Deer sentenced to watch Bambi in prison bbc.com/news/world-us-can…
An anonymous poster discovered a partial solution to a mathematical problem that hadn't been solved in over 25 years because they were trying to figure out the shortest way to watch every possible order of the first season of the anime "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya." theverge.com/2018/10/24/1…
From 1843 to 1937, French shepherds traveled on stilts to keep track of their sheep and watch for wolves. Detailed story and pictures in comments. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sti…
In 1900 at a college football game in San Francisco, hundreds of people climbed on the roof of a glass factory to watch the game. When the roof collapsed they were dumped into a hot glass furnace where 22 died and hundreds were injured. sfchronicle.com/college/o…
Research shows that mirrors in public places like retails stores will improve customer behavior by increasing self awareness. You won't act like a jerk if you had to watch yourself doing so. behaviouraldesign.com/201…
In the '60s luxury watch maker Cartier made a watch inspired by Salvador Dali's famous painting of melted time pieces. The watch appears to have been melted in a fire. If you can find an original at auction, you will pay upwards of $100,000 for it. fashionmovesforward.com/a…
, in order to popularize potatoes in France, a pharmacist by the name of Antoine-Augustin Parmentier acquired a large plot of land from the king and hired guards to watch over them with instructions to allow thieves to get away. The plan worked and the potatoes helped fight off famine. farmersalmanac.com/parmen…
Unlike France and Germany, the Dutch take offense to foreign media dubbed in their native language and would prefer to watch them with Dutch subtitles dutchreview.com/movies/du…
Adam Sandler's movie "50 First Dates" inspired a real therapy program in which patients with early dementia watch every morning a video message of support from their loved ones. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/50_…
Despite flopping massively, Grease 2 inspired an Indian remake. While Bollywood didn't make a remake of the original Grease, instead only focusing on the sequel, the movie became so successful the state of Karnataka had to grant a public leave day so people could watch the movie en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…
Today I learned about Pontiac’s Rebellion at Fort Michilimackinac. Native Americans played Lacrosse outside of the fort, and the British came outside to watch the games. Once the natives thought that enough soldiers were outside, they grabbed weapons and rushed the fort, killing every British soldier they saw. ss.sites.mtu.edu/mhugl/20…
Jimmy Carter is considered the least supportive of U.S. human space efforts of any president, but as a trained engineer, he took a strong interest in the developments in planetary exploration that occurred on his watch. In 1979, Carter considered terminating the Space Shuttle Program nasa.gov/50th/50th_magazi…
When McDonald's closed all its restaurants in Iceland in 2009, a man decided to buy his last hamburger and fries to see how long it would take to decompose. 10 yrs later, curious observers can watch a livestream of the burger & fries from its current location in a glass cabinet in Snotra House. bbc.com/news/blogs-trendi…
Joey Ramone of the punk band The Ramones recorded an ode to financial journalist Maria Bartiromo, who, at the time, reported from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on CNBC. Sample lyric: "I watch her every day / I watch her every night / She's really out of sight / Maria Bartiromo." theguardian.com/business/…
In 1906, a man in Seattle was sentenced to one minute in jail for drunkenness and disorder. The original sentence was 30 days, but after an appeal and six months of litigation, it was shortened to one minute. He was kept in jail until the second hand of the jailer’s watch completed a circle blogs.sos.wa.gov/fromourc…
The shadowy figure in the Neighborhood Watch sign has a name and it is β€œBoris the Burglar” web.vicksburg.org/neighbo…
In 1998, Swiss watch maker Swatch unsuccesfully tried to launch a new time concept called Swatch Internet Time. According to this, the mean solar day is divided into 1000 parts called '.beats'. The system also elimated time zones. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swa…
William Thompson was an excellent conman He used certain lines to gauge an individual’s trust in order to accomplish his goal of stealing a watch. In 1849, an article released that William Thompson was a confidence man, or con man for short. This article was published in the New York Herald. startgoed.nl/en/who-was-t…
In the spring of 1922, the United Mine Workers of America announced a national strike. And then, that summer in Herrin, Illinois, 23 people were murdered over two days. Men, women, and children came out of their houses to watch, and in some cases, to take part in the violence. americanheritage.com/1922…
Not only did Robert Todd Lincoln watch his father die, but he also saw the assassinations of Garfield and McKinley. When Roosevelt took office, Lincoln wrote β€œI do not congratulate you, for I have seen too much of the seamy side of the Presidential Robe to think it an enviable garment". werehistory.org/robert-to…
Today I learned about 'Umarells', a term used in Italy used to describe old men, who watch over construction sites with their hands behind their backs, offering unwanted advice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uma…
On May 19th, 1999 when Star Wars: The Phantom Menace released into theaters, an estimated 2.2 million full time employees missed work to watch the film. Costing the US an estimated $293 million dollars from lose of productivity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
There is collection of islands off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada, that are actually French Territory. These islands, called Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, are one of the few time zones on earth that will force you to set your watch forward as you travel west from NL by ferry to reach it. newworldencyclopedia.org/…
Colombian ex-footballer Juan Carlos Osorio, while studying for a degree in Sports Science in the UK, once rented a tiny room overlooking Liverpool FC's training ground to watch their training methods. Osorio later became coach of Mexico for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. espn.co.uk/soccer/club/me…
William Castle, a b-movie maker, allowed audiences refunds if a movie was too scary. Many abused it, angering Castle. The abuse stopped when he made refund seekers go to a "Coward's Corner" in the theater as a record screamed "Watch the chicken!" and a yellow light followed across the theater. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
While the British TV show "The Avengers" started being filmed in color in 1966, UK viewers could only watch it in black and white, as there was no color broadcasting in their country. However, this decision was made with US export in mind, as Americans already did have color television in 1966. shropshirestar.com/news/l…
In order to protest the high tariffs enforced by a U.K. censorship board, a filmmaker sent in a 10 hour β€œmovie” of white paint drying. They had to watch the entire film. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
For several years the CIA paid sex workers to bring men back to a β€œsafehouse” brothel so they could secretly dose them with LSD and watch what happened through a two-way mirror in an effort to find a mind control drug. discovermagazine.com/mind…
The bezel on a dive watch only turns counterclockwise so that if the bezel is bumped accidentally during a dive it will only move in one direction, subtracting time from the dive and prompting the diver to surface early rather than staying under for too long. ethoswatches.com/the-watc…
Today I learned of Gordon Cooper, a NASA astronaut whose reentry vehicle lost nearly all power. He had to manually calculate reentry by scratching lines on his window for attitude and using his wrist watch for timing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gor…
California once had over 600 staffed fire watch towers and now only has about 50 fire watch towers that are staffed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
"slot tvs" were a thing in Britain in the 60's. You rented a tv for your house with a coin slot and paid coins to watch as your rental fee. If you didn't have change, tough beans-no TV that night. radios-tv.co.uk/tv-slot-m…
Today I learned of Mary Anne Holmes' 1995 cold case. Her 4 yr old daughter had run to her neighbors' house naked and bound, screaming that her mother was killed. Mary had been assaulted and murdered while her 2 girls were forced to watch. The girl made a drawing of the crime and described the killer as a lion. gilavalleycentral.net/mar…
Astronauts on the ISS have movie nights on the weekends and like to watch space disaster movies. thenakedscientists.com/ar…

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