As Spock became popular on Star Trek, William Shatner became jealous and would hide the bicycle Nimoy rode to get around at work. Shatner also felt, as Captain, his intellect should be greater than anyone on the show, even a Vulcan with superior knowledge. So, he began stealing Nimoy’s lines. giantfreakinrobot.com/ent…
George Michael wrote his hit single β€œCareless Whisper” at 17 years old out of sheer boredom while riding the bus to work. Despite its success, he was not happy with the song and in a 2009 interview with the Big Issue, he said he was β€œa bit puzzled why it made such an impression on people”. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
Marlon Brando was paid $3.7 million and an amazing 11.75% backend to play Jor-El, for 13 days work and less than 20 minutes onscreen. In comparison, Christopher Reeves earned $250,000 in the title role, dominating most of the 143-minute running time. eightieskids.com/things-p…
After Marcelo Bielsa became manager of Leeds United FC, he found out that the average fan had to work 3 hours to pay for a match ticket. He called his players together and made them pick up litter from around the training ground for 3 hours, to appreciate how the fans laboured for their passion theguardian.com/football/…
Tolkien's dislike of Snow White led him to prohibit the Disney studio from ever producing his works atlasobscura.com/articles…
The Make-a-Wish Foundation granted a child to visit the set of Thor: Ragnarok. When Thor sees Hulk enter the arena on Sakaar, the child said Thor should say "He's a friend from work!" comicbook.com/marvel/news…
Today I learned of Stendhal Syndrome, an overwhelming, heart-racing ecstasy that occurs when exposed to art works of great beauty. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Today I learned about Elina Powell, a black nurse who served during WWII. She was assigned to work at a POW camp, like most African-American nurses at the time, and fell in love with a German POW there. They married and had children despite it being illegal in both the U.S and Germany during this time period. goalcast.com/2019/11/11/l…
Jurassic Park's visual effects were so groundbreaking to filmmakers that it inspired Peter Jackson to begin work on Lord of the Rings, George Lucas to start on the Star Wars prequels, and Stanley Kubrick to invest in his pet project, A.I (Artificial Intelligence). Jurassic Park (film) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jur…
Rome has major struggles with expanding the subway system in the city because diggers keep running into major archaeological finds. The Metro C expansion has been in the works for the past 40 years and has unearthed Hadrian's Athenaeum, a military complex, and an amphitheater . abcnews.go.com/Travel/arc…
A woman sued a TV weatherman after he predicted a sunny day, causing her to go out lightly dressed - and when it turned stormy, she caught the flu, missed 4 days’ work, spent $38 on medication, and suffered stress. The case was settled out of cΠΎurt for $1000, and the weatherman apologised to her kahanelaw.com/wacky-wedne…
Scientists developed an experimental "universal treatment" for allergies. While still being tested, it works by wrapping allergens in a nanoparticle which sneaks it past the immune system. This helps the body understand it to be harmless. They so far successfully cured mice with egg allergies. futurism.com/scientists-u…
In 1896, a bubΠΎnΡ–c plΠ°gue epΡ–dΠ΅mic struck Bombay, and the government asked Waldemar Haffkine, developer of the first chΠΎlera vΠ°ccΡ–ne, to help. After 3 months of persistent work (1 assistant had a nervous breakdown and 2 others quit), a vΠ°ccΡ–ne was ready, with Haffkine tΠ΅sting it on himself first en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
Psychology research shows that people love to hate do-gooders (especially at work). Highly co-operative and generous people can attract hatred and social punishment, especially in competitive circumstances. news.uoguelph.ca/2018/07/…
Firefighters that responded to last year's fire at Notre Dame knew which works of art to rescue and in which order following a protocol developed for such a disaster. sciencemag.org/news/2020/…
Today I learned about the 'Portrait of Dr. Gachet', the last portrait painted by Vincent Van Gogh before his death, which was sold for the then record sum of 82.5 million USD in 1990. It is one of Van Gogh’s most important works, but has been withheld from the public by its anonymous owner for almost 30 years. staedelmuseum.de/en/podca…
After losing her position in her university's anatomy department in 1938, Rita Levi-Montalcini set up a laboratory in her bedroom and studied the growth of nerve fibers in chicken embryos. This work led to her discovery of nerve growth factor, for which she was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1986. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rit…
Gordon Ramsay set up a business inside a London prison that taught inmates how to bake and sold the goods on the outside. Providing the prison with financial support while giving the inmates work experience they could use to find honest work after their sentence. theguardian.com/society/2…
On January 13, 1920, a New York Times editorial said rockets could never work in space because in a vacuum there was nothing for them to push against. The paper later said it regretted the error. popsci.com/military-aviat…
During development of the first anime, the author of Fullmetal Alchemist, Hiromu Arakawa, allowed the anime staff to work independently from her and requested a different ending from the manga. She was amazed by the staff’s interpretations of the villains and homunculi. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ful…
Today I learned of the "copper" scroll found with the Dead Sea Scrolls. Besides being metal, this scroll is different from the others in that it is not a religious work. It claims to list the locations of where various items of gold and silver were buried or hidden. Attempts to find it have been unsuccessful. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cop…
About Austin Rogers-a bartender that became a 12-time β€œJeopardy!” champion whose impressively broad knowledge helped him win more than $400,000 on the show. Today, Rogers still works as a bartender in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City. abcnews.go.com/Entertainm…
Today I learned about Drayton Daugherty, a doctor who cured a dying man by pretending to undo a voodoo hex in a last ditch effort after modern medicine didn't work. The man believed he was cured and lived for ten more years. thehealthcareblog.com/blo…
All speakers can work as microphones and vice-versa; if you plug your headphones into a mic input, you can speak into them and use them as a microphone. The inverse is true as well. digitaldjtips.com/2014/05…
Euler, one of the greatest mathematicians to ever live and certainly the most prolific, completed about half of his life’s work completely blind mathshistory.st-andrews.a…
In 1995, an inmΠ°te sued himself for $5 million, saying that he was drunk at the time of the crΡ–me, which caused him to violate his religious beliefs and civil rights by getting arrΠ΅sted. He reasoned that as a ward of state, and unable to work, the state should pay him the money on his account needles.com/learning/blog…
Three 13 year old girls submitted a script for "Tiny Toon Adventures". Producer Steven Spielberg was so impressed that he invited the girls to Hollywood to work on the episode and paid them $3,000. This later inspired a Simpsons episode where Bart and Lisa write an Itchy & Scratchy cartoon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Names for generic drugs has a prefix and suffix. The suffix tell you how the drug works. The prefix can me made up but has to follow a strict rule including not using the letters Y, H, K, J, and W because certain languages that use the Roman alphabet don't have these letters. pfizer.com/news/hot-topic…
Bill Murray once drove a taxi cab so that the cab driver could spend time playing saxophone in the backseat. The cab driver mentioned that he never had time to play his sax since he had to work 14 hours a day. Murray took the driver’s seat so that he could finally play some tunes. pagesix.com/2014/09/05/bi…
Despite being very common in fictional works, historical information about ball-and-chain flails is scarce. A few doubt they existed at all due to the number of pieces in museums that turned out to be forgeries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
America's top five most dangerous jobs are (1) logging, (2) fishing work, (3) aircraft pilots/engineers, (4) roofers, and (5) recycling workers. A worker dies roughly every 99 minutes. bls.gov/news.release/cfoi…
European Starlings are an incredibly invasive species, introduced to the US by Eugene Schieffelin. Convinced the country needed every bird in Shakespeare’s works, he had ~100 starlings released in NYC in 1890. They are now one of the most abundant birds in North America, numbering at ~200mil. sciencefriday.com/article…
Harry Houdini wanted to prevent people from copying his "Chinese water torture cell" trick, but didn't want to patent it, as that would require explaining how it works. So he gave a performance of the trick as a one-act play before an audience of one, and then filed for a copyright on the play smithsonianmag.com/smiths…
Harvey Ross Ball invented the yellow Smiley Face in 1963. It was intended to be morale boosting for insurance companies. He was paid $45 for 10 minutes work. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smi…
Dan Aykroyd is a member of the American Society for Psychical Research (ASPR), a group that's studied paranormal phenomena since 1885. Their work partly inspired him to write Ghostbusters. thedailybeast.com/ghostbu…
Today I learned of Anton syndrome, a blindness where individuals deny being blind. The blindness occurs in the brain's vision area rather than the eyes. Doctors theorize sufferers deny being blind because their eyes still work. Their brains just no longer can process the visual information their eyes take in. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Despite what you've seen on TV countless times, you can't revive a flat-lining patient by shocking them. Defibrillation works but reorganizing the heart's electrical activity into a better rhythm, but a flat-lining patient doesn't have any electrical activity to organize. theconversation.com/monda…
Today I learned of "Copycat Investors", investors who follow exactly what other investors do. Some investors have followed Warren Buffet and lost significant sums of money when the investment does not work out, sometimes losing everything in the process. People like Buffet can afford to lose billions. investopedia.com/articles…
Dreamworks used to punish their animators who failed at their work on Prince of Egypt, by sending them to work on Shrek. Appaerently the punishment even had a nickname - to be "Shreked." cbr.com/shrek-dreamworks-…
It's thought that Titanic could have missed the iceberg by just a few feet if the ship's engines had not being reversed, as the lack of a reverse turbine for the central propeller caused the rudder to work ineffectively when compared to forward speed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
In 1606 baroque painter Caravaggio murdered a man named Ranuccio Tomassoni. He fled the country when the pope sentenced him to death. Caravaggio created some of his most famous works in exile, including The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist, which many consider to be his masterpiece. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Today I learned about the CWS T1 a 1930's Polish car that only needed one wrench and a screwdriver to work on. culture.pl/en/article/the…
Renowned scientist Michael Faraday, whose work on electromagnetism made him one of the most influential physicists in history, had little formal education. In particular his knowledge of maths extended only to the simplest algebra, and he was unaware of trigonometry. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Spain had a guardianship system until 1985, which granted men near-total control over their wives and daughters. Women needed their guardian's consent to open a bank account, work, or drive, and men could legally kill their female wards for having extramarital sex. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gua…
During WW2 Han van Meegeren sold his own Vermeer forgery to Herman Goring, Hitler's No. 2. Goring traded him 150 real works for the fake. After the war, the Allies found out and jailed him. Van Meegeren freed himself by painting another Vermeer in jail to show them. Histories and novels on Amzn en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
Japanese pro wrestler Rikidōzan often went to the bar immediately after his matches, without treating his wounds first. When patrons asked him why his face was bloodied, he'd reply "I had a tough day at work." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rik…
When Picasso died at the age of 91, he left more than 45,000 works. In 1980 the Picasso estate was appraised at $250 million, but experts have said the true value was actually in the billions. Picasso did not leave a will, the division of his holdings took six years among seven heirs vanityfair.com/culture/20…
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…
The Super Soaker was invented in 1990 by NASA engineer, and Air Force Veteran Lonnie George Johnson who describes himself as a "part of a small group of African-American inventors whose work accounts for 6 percent of all U.S. patent applications." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
In the 1970s, Oakland Athletics owner Charles Finley hired several teenagers to work for the club. Stanley Burrell made VP by age 16; he grew up to be 'MC Hammer.' Meanwhile, Debbi Sivyer was one of the first ballgirls. She brought homemade cookies to games and grew up to be 'Mrs. Fields.' thepostgame.com/blog/thro…

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