Steve Jobs often went to his biological father’s Mediterranean restaurant in San Jose and even shook his hand. At the time, his dad didn’t know that Jobs was the baby he gave away for adoption, and Jobs didn’t know that he was his father.
Target had to apologize after a labeling error resulted in plus-sized customers feeling insulted. Target was selling two dresses of the same color but at different sizes. The small was listed as “Gray” while the larger’s color was listed as “Manatee Gray”. Target pulled the dresses.
April 18, 1930, was such a slow news day that at 6:30 PM, the BBC’s radio announcer said, “There is no news.”
One of the 26 known copies of the United States’ Declaration of Independence was purchased for $4. The man purchased an ugly painting for the frame & found the declaration behind the painting. He later sold it at auction for $2.42 million.
Pittsburgh is the only city where all the major sports teams (Steelers, Pirates, Penguins) all share the same colors, as black and gold represent the ingredients to make steel (coal and iron ore).
Facebook created two AI chatbots to converse with one other, only to shut them down when they began speaking in a language they had created for themselves.
Older forms of English kept Latin’s gender specific suffixes -tor and -trix, -tor is for men and -trix is for women. So a male pilot is a aviator and a female pilot is a aviatrix. A male fighter is a gladiator and a female fighter is a gladiatrix.
During a 1989 Christmas television broadcast, Santa Claus encouraged all children to hold the phone to the TV, tricking them into dialing a 1-900 number that automatically charged several dollars to their parents’ phone bill.
Die Hard was a sequel to the 1968 movie “The Detective” starring Frank Sinatra. As such, 20th Century Fox were contractually obliged to offer Sinatra the leading role. He turned it down due to his age.
In 1935 the Nazis held a competition in which baby pictures were sent in and the “most beautiful Aryan baby” was chosen by Joseph Goebbels. The baby they picked, and used in propaganda for years, was actually Jewish; the photo had been sent in to make the Nazi party look ridiculous.