In the 1970s Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak offered a 1/3 stake in Apple for $50,000 to Nolan Bushnell, their former boss and founder of Atari. He said no, but later spent $500,000 on the rights to the Pizza Time Theater chain. He said “It’s kind of fun to think about, when I’m not crying.”
Linguistic philosopher J. L. Austin made the claim that there is no language in which a double positive implies a negative during a lecture. To which someone responded, “Yeah, yeah.”
When interviewed, a 70 year old man, who was once a feral child that lived alone with wolves in the mountains between the ages of 7 and 19 stated “he was disappointed in human nature and wished he could return to the mountains and leave society”.
John Lennon’s comment ‘More popular than Jesus’ created a huge backlash in the US Bible belt, with one Texas radio station holding a large bonfire of Beatles albums only for a lightning bolt to strike its transmission tower the following day and sending the station temporarily off the air.
“Long books, when read, are usually overpraised, because the reader wants to convince others and himself that he has not wasted his time.” E.M. FORSTER
Although Fidel Castro was always pictured with cigars, he gave up smoking them in the 80’s and was quoted as saying: “The best thing you can do with a box of cigars give it to your enemy!”
Linus Torvalds, Creator of Linux, said that “Intelligence is the ability to avoid doing work, yet getting the work done.”
The alignment of planets in our solar system that allowed us to launch Voyager spacecraft out of our solar system at the speed it went only happens once every 176 years.
“The last time this happened, Thomas Jefferson was president, and he blew it.”
— Tom Paine, Former NASA Administrator
When Stalin visited his mother in 1935, she asked him what he did. He said “Do you remember the tsar? Well, I’m like a tsar” his mother’s response was “You’d have done better to have become a priest”.
The first CIA director stated in a letter to Congress that “high-ranking Air Force officers are soberly concerned about UFOs. But through official secrecy and ridicule, many citizens are led to believe the unknown flying objects are nonsense.”