The “real Mafia” did not allow the producers of “The Godfather” to use the word Mafia in the movie. They even sent “family” members to the set to monitor filming. That’s how producers discovered Lenny Montana aka “Luca Brasi”.
Obama is the only Nobel peace prize recipient to bomb another Nobel peace prize recipient. In 2015, US/NATO planes bombed a hospital operated by Doctors Without Borders in Afghanistan. Doctors Without Borders won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999. President Obama was awarded his in 2009. As Commander-in-Chief of the military that bombed the Doctors Without Borders hospital, this makes Obama perhaps the first Nobel Peace Prize winner to bomb another Nobel Peace Prize winner.
A live snail was kept in a museum for years before anyone knew it was alive. In the mid-1800s, scientists found a desert snail and sent it to the British Museum as a specimen. Museum workers thought it was dead, so glued it to a display. The snail was used to starvation and curled up in its shell for hibernation. Four years later, someone noticed the discolored paper, though it shouldn’t have been, if the shell was properly prepared. So, the sleeping snail was discovered. After a warm bath, the snail woke up and lived for another two years, before dying of natural causes.
When Stephen Hawking’s first wife, Jane, saw the movie script for The Theory of Everything, she deleted all the F-words, saying “Scientists in the 1960s and 70s didn’t use the F-word and I’m pretty sure they don’t now either.”
Slaves were forbidden from owning musical instruments as they were used to communicate. Congo Square in New Orleans was the only place slaves were allowed to gather every Sunday, to trade, sing, dance and play music. This led to the birth of Jazz.
Adding “but you are free to refuse” after a verbal request can double your chances of getting what you want.
Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! in Quebec, Canada, is the only town in the world with two exclamation points in its name.
The Hawaiian Pizza was invented in Canada, and is the most popular pizza in Australia, accounting for 15% of pizza sales.
Matthew McConaughey gave up on going to law school in 1993 to go into acting. His breakout movie role came in 1996, as a lawyer.
In 2007 a man named Jeremy Harper counted to one million. He did not leave his apartment or shave until he finished, and it was all broadcast live on a webcam. It took him 3 months.