Robert Downey Jr. only got clean because his girlfriend (now wife) saw him on drugs, then gave him an ultimatum of quitting or losing her. He stopped at a Burger King on the coast and threw his drugs in the ocean. She is now known around Hollywood as “the Miracle That Saved Robert Downey.”
Up to the early 1970s, credit cards were reserved for men, women could get a credit card if their husbands cosigned on the application. The Equal Credit Opportunity Act (1974) made it unlawful to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, or marital status.
There is a town in Japan that is filled with scarecrows. Basically the entire town has left or died and this woman has filled this tiny town with handmade scarecrows.
In the 1870s, the city of Liège, Belgium hired 37 cats to deliver mail. It was unsuccessful.
To celebrate selling it’s one billionth song sold, Steve Jobs personally called the customer to inform him he’d won 20″ iMac, 10 fifth generation iPods, and a $10,000 iTunes gift card.
After returning from WWII, over 1 million black americans were denied the benefits of the GI bill for free education and low rate home loans.
A Dutch church performed services continuously for 96 days, to stop the government from expelling an Armenian family. They relied on a medieval law that says authorities can’t enter a church while a religious service is being performed. The government let the family stay.
The prohibition never really ended in some parts of the US. The sale of alcohol is still illegal in dozens of dry counties and cities. Jack Daniels is produced in a dry county and is not available for sale in restaurants and stores there.
A man named Frank Amodeo had a plan to become emperor of the world. He owned several private security firms employing 40,000 people, met with Bush in the white-house and regularly worked with intelligence agencies world wide. He was busted for tax fraud and he is currently in prison.
The reason glasses are so expensive is because most major brands and retailers are owned by the same company.