Mary Gibbs, the voice of Boo from Monsters, Inc., was just a toddler during production. The crew couldn’t get her to sit still and read her lines, so they had her play in the studio while following her around with a mic.
2. George R. R. Martin purchased the first ticket to attend the first Comic Con, held in New York in 1964.
3. Miami Beach has banned beachfront hotels from giving out plastic straws.
4. When Ruth Bader Ginsburg was studying at Harvard, the Dean of Harvard Law asked her "How do you justify taking a spot from a qualified man?" Ruth transferred to Columbia Law School and became the first woman to be on two major law reviews, later becoming an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
5. The US allows US chickens to be shipped to China for processing and then shipped back to the US without notifying consumers the chicken came from China.
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"Gish Gallop" is a fallacious debate tactic of drowning your opponent in a flood of individually-weak arguments so that the opponent cannot possibly answer every falsehood in real time. It was named after "Duane Gish", a prominent member of the creationist movement.
7. Roman Emperor Caligula once ordered his guards to throw an entire section of the audience into an arena during the intermission to be eaten by the wild beasts because there were no prisoners to be used and he was bored.
8. The feeling of euphoric chills some people can get while listening to music is called 'frisson' (pronounced "free-sawn"), and researchers have described the sensation as a skin orgasm.
9. Disney parks allowed people with wheelchairs to cut in line with 6 guests, which led to the formation of a black-market where the rich could hire disabled tour guides.
10. Tropicana Orange Juice sales plunged 20% when they changed their logo.
In 2004, a Wal-Mart was built on a section of Teotihuacan. Ancient artifacts were shipped off to dumps by workers who found them on the site.
12. The intended use of Rubber bullets is to fire at the ground so that the round bounces up and hits the target on the legs, causing pain but not injury.
13. Jeff Daniels only got paid $50,000 for his role in Dumb and Dumber, while Jim Carrey got paid $7 million.
14. There's a plant called the TomTato which is a cherry tomato plant with potatoes as roots. It yields large quantities of both tomatoes and spuds.
15. When a factory worker from Wonka was asked about the production of Nerds candy, he said: "Basically we start off with a sugar crystal and we just keep coating it with more sugar."
Researchers at MIT studied phantom traffic jams (jams that arise in the absence of any obstacles) and found they are inevitable at a certain vehicle density threshold. The waves of traffic are named Jamitons and are similar to the equations that describe detonation waves produced by explosions.
17. Both of Geddy Lee's (lead singer/bassist of Rush) parents were Holocaust survivors. First imprisoned at Auschwitz, they were separated to Bergen-Belsen and Dachau. They found each other after Allied liberation, married, and emigrated to Canada.
18. An Argentine farmer named Pedro Ureta planted 7,000 trees to make a guitar shaped forest as a tribute to his late wife Graciela.
19. The most senior officer named Charles Lightoller to survive the Titanic also participated in evacuating soldiers off the coast of Dunkirk.
20. In 2014, Ireland was outraged after an Australian article suggested that the Irish used potatoes as a source of currency.
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The "Take On Me" video used a pencil-sketch animation / live-action combination called rotoscoping, in which the live-action footage is traced over frame by frame to give the characters realistic movements. Approximately 3,000 frames were rotoscoped, which took 16 weeks to complete.
22. Most toilets in Hong Kong are flushed with seawater in order to conserve the city’s scarce freshwater resources.
23. Michigan rock collectors named Ross and Nancy Deye found an impressive 93 lb. Petoskey stone in Lake Michigan in 2015, only to have it promptly confiscated by authorities. The stone violated a Michigan law that states no more than 25 pounds of rocks or minerals can be taken from the Great Lakes per year.
24. Homeopaths Without Borders went to Haiti in 2010 to treat malaria, cholera and other life threatening diseases with sugar pills and "diluted" water.
25. According to a study on Academy Award speeches, Steven Spielberg has been thanked more than God.