Taxi Driver (1976) was made with a low budget of only $1.9 million. Robert De Niro & Cybill Shepherd received only $35k for the film while Scorsese received only $65k. Despite the low budget, it went on to receive 4 nominations at the 1977 Academy Awards.
In 1695 the English parliament passed a law to tax all bachelors over the age of 25. The Bachelor Tax was later abolished in 1706.
Dan Grimaldi, who is best known for playing Patsy Parisi on “The Sopranos”, teaches in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Kingsborough Community College, as he has degrees in mathematics, operations research and data processing.
In 2018, a woman accidentally paid a Swiss cafe $7709 for coffee because she entered her PIN number as the dollar amount. When she called to get the money back, nobody answered because the cafe had filed for bankruptcy.
On the last Saturday of every month, all Rwandans are required by law to “come together in common purpose” to clean up their community, in a national holiday called Umuganda.
Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl set out to prove that ancient Egyptians could have crossed the Atlantic by boat. Thor left Morocco in a papyrus boat which was lost for a time and the subject to a UN search and rescue. However, the Ra II arrived in Barbados 57 days after its launch in 1970.
Seiryu Miharashi station in Japan is a train station with no entrances or exits, no roads or paths to connect it, all it serves is a platform for the train passengers to step out and admire the valley.
A driver distracted by playing Pokemon and a pedestrian playing Pokemon, each injured in separate accidents but treated at the same time in the same ER, were among the first reports of augmented reality application-related injuries, which prompted medical research into reality based games.
Han Min-hong, a South Korean professor, built and successfully tested a self-driving car in 1993. The car traveled 185 miles from Seol to Busan through one of South Korea’s most heavily-traveled expressways. Despite the amazing results, the government scrapped funding for his research. Here’s some of the footage from the 90s. As it’s shown in the video, there is a video camera with infra-red sensors sensing cars at the front and automatically reducing speed and stuff.