Alan Alda is the only actor to appear in all 251 episodes of the long-running series M*A*S*H. He commuted from Los Angeles to his home in New Jersey, where his wife and daughters lived, every weekend for the 11-year-run of the show, because he didn’t know how long the show would last.
Bob Marley once said “The people who are trying to make this world worse aren’t taking a day off. How can I?” after armed gunmen attacked his home two days before giving a free concert called “Smile Jamaica”.
50 years before women were allowed to enroll into medical school, Margaret Ann Bulkley dressed as a man for 56 years to study medicine and become her alter-ego, Dr James Barry. It was only when she died in 1865 that her secret was exposed after 46 years working as an army medical officer.
During WWII, Hawaii had its own unique US banknotes. In case of Japanese invasion, the US government would have declared the notes worthless to prevent their use by Japanese troops.
During the Irish Potato Famine, the poor were given construction jobs, so they could earn food rather than receive it as a handout. However, to avoid taking jobs from other workers, these people built useless projects, like roads in the middle of nowhere, and piers in the middle of bogs.
When Eminem was sued in 2003 by the bully, DeAngelo Bailey for slandering him in the song “Brain Damage”, the judge threw out the case and provided the ruling by rapping it.
A 75-yr-old woman took shelter from a tornado in her bathtub. The tornado ripped off the roof of her house, lifted the tub out of her bathroom, and deposited it in the woods with the uninjured woman still in it.
The “Tetris” tune is actually a 150 year old Russian folk song in which a street vendor flirts with a customer while haggling over goods.
Several high school friends formed the Committee to End Pay Toilets in America (CEPTIA) in 1968, which eventually led to laws banning pay toilets in several states.
The record for longest consecutive prison sentence ending with the prisoners release is 68 years. Paul Geidel was convicted of 2nd degree murder at the age of 17 and was released at the age of 86.