When the KGB tried to blackmail Indonesian President Achmed Sukarno with videotapes of the president having sex with Russian women disguised as flight attendants, Sukarno wasn’t upset. He was pleased. He even asked for more copies of the video to show back in his country.
Chocolate milk was invented by Jamaicans, then popularized in Europe by an Irish botanist who sold it as medicine
Upon his death, TV star Jack Benny’s widow, Mary, received a red rose. After several days, with another rose delivered each day, Mary called to find out who was sending them. The florist told her that Benny made arrangements for a rose to be sent to her every day for the rest of her life.
Christopher Lee received Tolkien’s blessing to play the role of Gandalf, if a movie was ever released, but he played Saruman instead. He was also the only person involved with the Lord of the Rings films to have actually met Tolkien himself.
Aldous Huxley, famous writer of ‘Brave New World’ asked for LSD in his deathbed, to which his wife complied. He died hallucinating.
While James Cameron was stricken with food poisoning in Rome on a film set, he had a nightmare about an invincible robot hit man sent from the future to kill him giving him the idea for the Terminator catapulting his career.
Kents, a major tobacco company sold unique cigarette filters in the 1950s and advertised their health benefits. The advertised ingredient that set them apart? Asbestos.
40% to 50% of the genetic information found in your GI tract does not match anything that’s ever been classified before–not plant, animal, fungus, virus, or bacteria. We have no clue what it is. Biologists call it “biological dark matter.”
Disney renamed “Rapunzel” to “Tangled” and “Snow Queen” to “Frozen” because they blamed feminine titles for under-performing box offices.
There is a species of fish that lives on land all its adult life.
Last surviving witness to the Abraham Lincoln assassination lived long enough to be interviewed about it on television.
Traditional naming customs of Iceland differ in that they follow no family lineage. Men are named after their father. I.e. If Jon has a son named Olaf, his name is Olaf Jonsson. If Olaf then has a son named Magnus, his name is Magnus Olafsson. It is not uncommon to go back and forth between two names. E.g. Olaf Jonsson might name his son Jon Olafsson, who would name his son Olaf. Women are similar with the suffix ‘dottir’.
Some of the worst charities donate less than 4% of their donations to the actual cause they’re promoting. One cancer charity even paid $18m to a company to solicit funds, the company being owned the charity president’s son.
In the USA, 10,000+ toddlers age 2-3 are being prescribed Ritalin and Adderall to treat behavioral disorder.