The famous Jeopardy “Think!” theme was composed by the show’s creator Merv Griffin in less than a minute as a lullaby for his son. By 2005, he had made over $70 million dollars in royalties from that song, the equivalent of a Jeopardy contestant winning every game for about a decade.
One in eight US workers have worked at McDonalds, among them are Jeff Bezos, Pink, and Jay Leno.
In the 1800s, one of the most popular sports in the world was distance walking which attracted huge crowds and gambling. Thousands of spectators would turn up to watch challenges such as walking 1,000 miles in 1,000 hours.
People used to believe toothaches and other dental problems were caused by “tooth worms” that lived in our teeth and consumed them from the inside out.
In 2013, Coca-Cola cancelled a promotion that paired randomly generated English and French words inside their caps until a lady received one that said “You Retard”.
Forty years ago, a prominent designer received a call from an undergrad architecture student who told him that a design flaw in his 59-story Manhattan skyscraper could cause it to collapse during a storm. Initially he scoffed, then disturbingly, figured that she was right.
The Procrastinators’ Club of America, based in Pennsylvania, publishes a newsletter called “Last Month’s Newsletter”.
“Procrastination is a great philosophy. What you worried about yesterday, by tomorrow . . . hah,” said the club’s President, shrugging his shoulders. “If you put off these momentous decisions, you find they weren’t so important.”
Club members attended the New York’s World Fair Nov. 18, 1966, nearly a year after the exhibition closed. They went to an Atlantic City track and cheered the horse that finished last, embracing the embarrassed and puzzled jockey.
They asked the National Organization for Women to change its name from “NOW” to “LATER” and recently sent a letter to President Gerald R. Ford at the White House, offering to join his Whip Inflation Now campaign. The letter came back from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue stamped: “No Longer at This Address.”
They have done many useful things and achieved a lot, but I’m too lazy to write about this. Maybe I will also join their club.
Two Walmart employees fell in love and got married in the same store where they worked in. “We didn’t know where we wanted to get married, and we didn’t have a lot of money to do anything big. Everybody we know works at Walmart …all our friends are here.”
During combat, a US Marine’s rifle jammed, so he called customer service to help him fix it.
Shinrin-yoku (meaning “forest bathing”) is considered a form of nature therapy in Japan which has positive effects on mental and nervous wellbeing. It consists essentially in taking long walks in forests.