In 2007, Fatso the cat became famous online as “Keyboard Cat”. Its original form was a video originally made in 1984 by Charlie Schmidt of his cat Fatso seemingly playing a piano (though manipulated by Schmidt off-camera) to a cheery tune.
And back in the pre-Internet days, Shangai the cat was also known for her skills at the keyboard.
In Alaska, plants can grow freakishly large due to the 20 hours of sunshine they receive per day – which gives them a photosynthesis bonus. Examples include 138 lb cabbage, 65 lb cantaloupe, and 35 lb broccoli. A noted side effect is that the produce is also much sweeter due to the extra sunlight.
In WWII, weather reports were censored to prevent enemy submarines from learning about conditions. A football game in Chicago was so covered in fog that the radio announcer couldn’t see the field, but afterwards he was officially thanked for never using the word “fog” or mentioning the weather.
Johnny Cash performed dressed all in black, in contrast to most of the major country acts in his day – rhinestone suits and cowboy boots. Cash wrote the song “Man in Black” to explain that he wore black for the poor and hungry and those betrayed by age or drugs.
Trish Vickers, a blind author, wrote 26 pages of her first novel without realising her pen had run out of ink. The local police force used their forensic lab to find the missing words, and the book was published on the day of her death.
Upon joining Black Sabbath in 1979, Ronnie James Dio began using the sign of the horns. The previous singer in the band, Ozzy Osbourne, was rather well known for using the “peace” sign. Dio, not wanting to copy Osbourne, chose to use the sign his grandmother always made.
Gene Simmons of the rock group KISS attempted to claim the “devil horns” hand gesture for his own. According to CBS News, “Simmons filed an application on Friday, June 16, 2017 with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a trademark on the hand gesture he regularly uses during concerts and public appearances — thumb, index and pinky fingers extended, with the middle and ring fingers folded down. According to Simmons, this hand gesture was first used in commerce — by him — on Nov. 14, 1974. He is claiming the hand gesture should be trademarked for “entertainment, namely live performances by a musical artist [and] personal appearances by a musical artist.” Simmons abandoned this application on June 21, 2017.
In 2013, NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover hummed Happy Birthday to itself by vibrating its sample-analysis unit to obtain the musical tune, but did so only on its first “birthday”.
In 2014 two chemists co-authored a paper describing all those consumer products appropriately labelled as “chemical free”. The paper was blank.
In Italy and Portugal the installation of a bidet in a bathroom has been mandatory since 1975.
The unofficial Russian book “The Last Ringbearer” describes The Lord of the Rings trilogy from Sauron’s point of view and portrays Mordor as the good guys.