Super Mario was named after Mario Segale, an Italian-American who leased his warehouse to Nintendo in the ‘80s.
Michael Jackson begged the director of the Thriller film to destroy it because members of his church had told him the song promoted demonology. Instead of destroying it he was convinced by his lawyer to put a disclaimer at the beggining of the short film.
Israeli Labor Party delayed their elections because of a Britney Spears concert as they feared that party members would rather go to a concert than find a polling station and vote.
Jawdat Ibrahim, an Arab Israeli man, won $22m the Illinois lottery in 1990 and used his winnings to develop his home village of Abu Ghosh. The hummus restaurant he opened there has been used to host Israel-Palestine peace talks, and set the world record for largest Hummus.
In 1915 a woman was found alive after her sister ran late to her funeral, then demanded she see her sister one more time. When they dug her out, the woman sat up and smiled, she went on to live for 47 more years.
In the 1900s doctors warned women that riding a bicycle may cause them to acquire “bicycle face”.
In Bude, UK there is an elongated tunnel providing rain shelter for customers to the local superstore (Sainsbury’s). As a running joke, it has received numerous 5 star reviews and it’s the #3 top thing to do in Bude, leading to some underwhelmed tourists.
There is an island in the pacific called Yap that uses circular stones as currency. The stones are too large to move so the ownership of the stones is passed by word of mouth to transact business. The location of the stone is irrelevant even in the case of one lost on the bottom of the sea.
The video game industry makes more revenue than the film and music industry combined.
Francis Coppola was worried his film Apocalypse Now would be a box office flop and could bankrupt him, so he decided to quickly make a happy musical to recoup his losses. In the end Apocalypse Now was a success, but the happy musical (One From the Heart) was a disaster and bankrupted him anyway.