Sylvester Stallone was not the actor that the producers wanted to star in ‘Rocky’. With just $106 in his bank account, Stallone turned down a $300,000 offer — the equivalent of $1 million today — for the rights to ‘Rocky’ so he could star in the film himself.
Birdhouses shouldn’t have a perch. – “Stay away from any birdhouse with a perch. Birds don’t need them and they only make it easier for predators or unwanted birds to get in.”
Richard Nixon ordered a nuclear attack on North Korea while drunk.
The name “Scotch Tape” was used as an insult to the inventor while he was inventing Masking Tape. ‘Scotch’ being derogatory slang for cheap or thrifty. He then went on to create Scotch Tape, and the name stuck.
In Japan in 1968, 4 bank employees were transporting 300M¥ in the trunk of a car. They were stopped by a young police officer, who claimed dynamite was on the car. When he crawled under to check and smoke came billowing out, they ran away. The “officer” then got in the car and drove away.
In 1959 a white man from Texas disguised himself as a black man and traveled for six weeks on greyhound buses. After publishing his experiences with racism he was forced to move to Mexico for several years due to death threats.
Ryan Gosling gained 60 pounds by drinking melted ice cream to play the father in Peter Jackson’s ‘The Lovely Bones.’ He was then told he was too fat to play the part and the role went to Mark Wahlberg.
A calendar system for Mars has already bean devised for potential future settlement. The calendar contains 24 months of 27 or 28 days each, named after Latin and Sanskrit constellation names.
100 crew members of the nuclear submarine USS Scorpion were scheduled to make its 1968 deployment. One sailor refused to go citing the sub’s dire need of maintenance. 99 sailors were killed when the sub sank in the Atlantic.
In 1979 Italian punk band Skiantos brought a kitchen, a table, a TV and a fridge onstage at a music festival, boiled some spaghetti and then ate it, without playing anything.