The New Year’s Confetti at Times Square are literally made of people’s hopes and dreams; the Times Square Visitor Center wall is open year round for people to put Post-Its up with their next-year’s wishes, which are made into confetti.
In 2005, Costco sent out a recall notice for punching bags that were filled with used men and women’s underwear instead of sand. Everyone that purchased the bag got a replacement and a shipping label to return the bag.
George Clooney purchased a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig named Max as a gift for then girlfriend, actress Kelly Preston. When their relationship ended, Clooney kept the pig for an additional 18 years until Max died in 2006. He has jokingly referred to Max as the longest relationship he had ever had.
Lenny Montana, the actor who played Luca Brasi in The Godfather was actually a member of the Colombo crime family sent to monitor the set. Coppola cast him, but due to his nerves, he kept making mistakes and repeating his lines to himself. This was then incorporated into the film as a character.
The Mayans customized their teeth. They would carve holes into their teeth and fill the spaces with different stone inlays. They used minerals like jadeite, hematite, pyrite and turquoise. The stones also had specific meanings as jade may have symbolized pure breath or elegant speech.
When in 2015 Domino’s was rolling out their Driver Tracker, they were considering having the app show “fun facts” about the delivery driver, such as their favorite sports teams and music they listen to on the way over.
The late king of Jordan was an avid Amateur Radio operator who regularly interacted with people around the world. Taking conversations from anyone who had the privilege of having his JY1 call sign respond he never allowed anyone to call him King on the net, and helped the hobby gain members.
In 2008, McDonald’s Japan paid 1,000 people to wait in line for the release of the Quarter Pounder in Osaka. People were paid $10 an hour to do this. 15,000 people gathered at the restaurant due to the fake crowd which caused people to accuse the company of trickery.
Black Forest ham is a Protected Geographical Indication in the EU, requiring the ham to be traditionally and partially manufactured in the Black Forest region of Germany. However, the US and Canada do not recognize this, resulting in various qualities and types of ham being marketed as such.
Psychology research demonstrates the psychological benefits of working less. Working fewer hours was associated with improved psychological and health benefits. It also helps with productivity.