Judge Judy earns $47 MILLION a year for taping ‘Judge Judy.’ In an interview she said that every 3 years she would present her salary request to the CBS TV Distribution President. Once, when he gave her a counter offer in an envelope, she refused to open it saying “This isn’t a negotiation.”
Iceland has largest banana plantation in Europe. They use geothermal energy to heat greenhouses, allowing for the production of tropical fruits like banananas.
New Orleans architectural historian Samuel Wilson, Jr. stated that the term “shotgun” house is a reference to the idea that if all the doors are opened, a shotgun blast fired into the house from the front doorway will fly cleanly to the other end and out at the back.
Paula Abdul constantly talks about surviving a plane crash of which no record exist.
Rhea Clyman, a Jewish Canadian Journalist, travelled to the Soviet Union and made reports on the Siberian labor camps and the Holodomor. This led to her deportation in 1933 after which she reported on Nazi Germany until 1938 when she was forced to flee due to growing anti Semitism.
Argentina and Chile sent pregnant women to Antarctica to have their babies there. All to strengthen their claim on the continent.
Researchers discovered that applying a sonogram to a person’s skull and stimulating specific brain regions can alter their mood. One researcher described applying it to his own head and later feeling like he had a martini. They hope to develop a sonogram-based device to treat mood disorders.
During the D-Day invasion, the Allies dropped thousands of decoy dummy paratroopers called Ruperts that couldn’t be distinguished from real paratroopers at a distance, these fakes sent Nazi forces chasing them inland in pursuit while real paratroops landed closer to Cherborg and Caen.
Boiled potatoes contain a protein called proteinase inhibitor 2 (PI2). This protein may suppress appetite which is what makes everyone feel full.
The Sopranos creators were often contacted by the FBI and told that actual mobsters, whose conversations were picked up by wiretaps, had plenty to say about the show. They considered the show’s portrayal of the mob life so dead-on, they thought one of their own was was working on the inside.