Monday, May 20, 2019

10 Did You Know Fun Facts: From the Beatles to a bottle of 1787 Margaux from Thomas Jeffersons Collection

From: Kevin M.
Sent: May 20, 2019
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Subject: Fw: 10 Did You Know Fun Facts: From the Beatles to a bottle of 1787 Margaux from Thomas Jeffersons Collection


#1. Abercrombie & Fitch offered $10,000 to cast members of "The Jersey Shore" if they'd agree to stop wearing the brand on the show.

#2. Simon & Garfunkel's first album was so unsuccessful on the charts that the duo split. Their producer took one of the songs from the album, overdubbed/remixed it without their knowledge or permission, and "The Sounds of Silence" became a hit. The duo made four more albums.

#3. "The Whole Shabang" potato chips, available almost exclusively from US Prison system commissaries. Ex-cons consider these chips to be the best chip out there, and a high-point of their incarceration. Many end up dismayed and disappointed at their lack of availability "on the outside".

#4. A man thought he had bladder cancer but he actually had a fully functioning female reproductive system.

#5. In the US, production of alarm clocks was allowed in 1944, despite them containing brass needed for war materials, because workers kept missing their shifts due to a critical alarm clock shortage.

#6. Under President Reagans directive, the United States (via the CIA) funneled more than $2 billion in guns and money to the mujaheddin, (which became the Taliban), during the 1980s to defeat and remove the Soviets from Afghanistan. It was the largest covert action program since World War II.

#7. One of the most expensive wine bottles that was never to have been drunk was a 1787 Margaux from Thomas Jeffersons Collection, the owner brought it to a restaurant and a waiter knocked it over. Insurance payout was $225,000 in 1989.

#8. Beatle Fans were so relentless in stealing the "Penny Lane" street signs that Liverpool switched to painting the street name directly on buildings rather than replacing them.

#9. In the 18th century, the wealthy would keep live "garden hermits" or, people that would dress as druids and live in handmade grottos among the properties. They would be used as entertainment, could not cut their hair or nails, and were often treated as sages.

#10. The official bird of Madison, Wisconsin is the plastic flamingo.

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