Barry Manilow started off writing jingles, including State Farm (“Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there”) and Band-Aid (“I am stuck on Band-Aid, ’cause Band-Aid’s stuck on me!”)
In the event of a nuclear blast, avoid using hair conditioner as it can bind radioactive particles to your hair. Washing hair with products that aren’t oily and sticky, like shampoo or soap, will wash the radioactive particles out.
In 1997 a small Texas community tried to replace “Hello” with “Heaven-o” citing religious reasons.
Steven Spielberg is an accomplished Eagle Scout and started filming by taking his dads movie camera on scout trips. At age 17, he wrote and directed his first independent film called Firelight that would later inspire Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Ahn Changho and his wife were the first married Korean couple to immigrate to the US in 1902. He is credited with co-writing South Korea’s national anthem, and two of his sons, Philip Ahn and Ralph Ahn, went on to be actors in Hollywood. His son Philip is considered to be the first Korean American Hollywood film actor, has 180 film and TV credits and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 1966 a shrewd beachfront motel owner saw a loophole in Oregons terminology of public beach usage. He started fencing off the beach at his motel and wealthy people around the state with beachfront property quickly followed suit. It generated the largest public response in the states history.
Siren Kings is a youth subculture where crews try to build the loudest and clearest sound system. The “sirens” are a mix of battery-powered loudspeakers and public address systems fixed to cars or bikes. Celine Dion’s music is often used in Siren battles as they must showcase treble over bass.
In 2020, Colombians shipped 130 grams of cocaine to Italy, inside individually hollowed out coffee beans. They were caught when a customs official noticed the “sender” shared the same name as a mafia boss.
In the United States it is illegal to trade futures contracts on onions. The ban was enacted as a result of two traders managing to corner the market on onion futures in the 1950s which made up 20% of all trades on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange at the time.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was paid only 800 rubles for ‘Swan Lake.’ The ballet was based on King Ludwig II’s life which Russians disliked and also called it “unimaginative” and “unmemorable.” Swan Lake was a failure during Tchaikovsky’s lifetime.