According to the New York Times, TV was bound to fail! Find out why they though that
According to the New York Times, TV was bound to fail! Find out why they though that

In the world of horrible tech predictions, among which are that the PC would never catch on, the iPhone would never get significant market share, and a rocket would never leave the Earth’s atmosphere, the New York Times was sure the television would fail once it hit the scene in 1939.

In an editorial, the Times wrote “the problem with television is that people must sit and keep their eyes glued to the screen; the average American family hasn’t time for it. Therefore the showmen are convinced that for this reason, if no other, television will never be a serious competitor of broadcasting.” Ironically enough, most Americans will go out of their way to make time for TV now.

Another early critic of television from the Manchester Guardian, C.P. Scott, simply said “Television? The word is half Greek and half Latin. No good will come of it.” Well, that was jumping the gun a little bit, though I’m sure there are those today that would argue nothing has come from TV. It’s a time sink and distraction. However, without it Breaking Bad wouldn’t exist!

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Think some lawsuits are ridiculous? How about this one: a woman sued because Crunchberries are not a real fruit!
Think some lawsuits are ridiculous? How about this one: a woman sued because Crunchberries are not a real fruit!

There are those times in life where the harshest realizations can leave you devastated, upset, and irrational. Unfortunately, that moment came for a woman when she learned that her delicious breakfast of Cap’n Crunch cereal didn’t contain any real fruit, even though there are clearly “Crunchberries” listed.

In 2009, a U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California had to deal with a case, which was quickly dismissed, where a woman wanted to sue the cereal company because she felt she was mislead by the term “crunchberries.” The woman, Janine Sugawara, said she was dismayed to learn that the small “berries” were really just small balls of cereals with some strawberry fruit concentrate.

She sued on behalf of all the similarly situated consumers who felt the same disappointment (though none have come forward).Someday they may find field filled with throned bushes, filled to the brim with little berries that crunch, however, until that day you can expect artificial extracts only!

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Baggins is not Bilbo’s real name. Neither was Bilbo! The reason why is a bit… convoluted
Baggins is not Bilbo’s real name. Neither was Bilbo! The reason why is a bit… convoluted

Westron was the language of the Dunedain of Middle Earth in the Lord of the Rings series of books by J. R. R. Tolkein. He wrote the books as if they had been translated from Westron (the Common Speech). Westron was the closest to the universal language of Middle-earth. Westron is a western word—not a word from the original language.

Westron as a created language is a derivative of the Aduniac tongue of Numenor, originating as a Creole language on the western coast of Middle-earth where the Numenoreans established forts and outposts for trading. From the west it spread east, with the exception of Mordor.

The translation has many effects on the language and by extension the novels. The ending of the “true” hobbit name was Bilba with an -a. However, the -a ending is associated with a female, so Tolkein changed it to the more masculine -o. Bag End was actually Labin-nec after Labingi, the true form of Baggins.

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This gold-medal-winning Olympian was once a King, and now cannot set foot in his own country!
This gold-medal-winning Olympian was once a King, and now cannot set foot in his own country!

The end of the 1800’s and beginning of the 1900’s were a time of Revolution throughout Europe. Lots of monarchies were overthrown and resulted in now Communist or Democratic governments. But it left a lot of displaced monarchs wondering “Now what?” One of whom was Constantine of Greece, formerly Constantine II, King of Hellenes.

Born June 2, 1940, Constantine grew into a noted sportsman, earning his home country of Greece it’s first Olympic gold medal since 1912 in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome for sailing. Constantine assumed the throne as King beginning in 1964, when he was still 23. In the same year, he married Danish Princess Anne-Marie of Denmark, a triple third cousin and sister of the current Danish queen, Margrethe II. However in 1973, a military junta displaced him from power.

A restoration of his power was set to a vote of the populace in 1974, after a royal edict he attempted failed to overthrow the government. The Greek plebiscite voted in favor of overthrowing the monarchy by a two-thirds vote. Living in exile, Constantine told his supporters to respect the decision of the populace. However, he still refused to officially abdicate the throne.

A law passed in 1994 stripped him of his Greek citizenship, passport, and property unless he adopted a surname. Constantine refused to comply. He still refers to himself as “King Constantine.” He is one of ten displaced monarchs who still use their titles, claim rights to their thrones, and interact with other ex-royals in hopes of one day reclaiming their families’ former glory throughout Europe.

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U2 finally found what they were looking for: cheaper taxes! Find out more about their tax-evading ways
U2 finally found what they were looking for: cheaper taxes! Find out more about their tax-evading ways

U2, a Dublin-based rock band known for its philanthropy has recently been facing some criticism. In order for Ireland to encourage more artists to live in their country so they can increase national popularity, there was a tax exemption made. The exemption states that artists who live in Ireland are not required to pay taxes.

There is, however, a clause that says once you earn $315,000, the tax is capped and you must start paying tax for any additional income after that. Once this cap was set in place, U2 moved the financials of their business to The Netherlands to avoid a multi-million dollar tax bill. Not only would they be taxed on royalties, but they would also be taxed on the sales of their new album.

The controversy in this decision is that now Bono hopes that First World countries will increase their aid in order to improve poverty stricken areas. Ireland, a First World country, will now have fewer funds because the taxes that they would have received from artists like U2 are now going to benefit The Netherlands. With Ireland in a recession, this could not have come at a worse time.

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RoboCop is based on Blade Runner and a British comic called Judge Dredd. Judge Dredd and RoboCop were recently remade—but the one that ended up on top will surprise you!
RoboCop is based on Blade Runner and a British comic called Judge Dredd. Judge Dredd and RoboCop were recently remade—but the one that ended up on top will surprise you!

Judge Dredd was originally a British comic book hero starring in a comic strip in the United Kingdom’s ‘Daily Star’ newspaper.

In the early 1980’s, a script was written to turn this comic book into a movie. So many ideas were bouncing off so many Hollywood movie executives that the ‘Judge Dredd’ script was shelved for nearly a decade.

Edward Neumeier is an American screenwriter with a strong interest in science fiction. In 1982, Neumeier’s eye was caught by a movie poster for ‘Blade Runner’. He was fascinated about the idea of robots and cops. Combining the ideas of ‘Judge Dredd’ and ‘Blade Runner’, Edward Neumeier and fellow writer, Michael Miner, created ‘RoboCop’. ‘RoboCop’ was released in 1987 and was an instant success.

‘Judge Dredd’ may have been forgotten until 1995, when it was released, but it ended up having a more successful opening than ‘RoboCop’. Recently, both movies have been remade and released. The ‘Judge Dredd’ remake was released in 2012 and solely went by ‘Dredd’. In 2014, ‘RoboCop’ was also remade. Which movie came out on top this time? ‘RoboCop’ blew ‘Dredd’ out of the water, grossing 19 Million dollars more than ‘Dredd’.

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Like your gin? Then thank the Dutch (and war)! This story is a fascinating one…
Like your gin? Then thank the Dutch (and war)! This story is a fascinating one…

Yes, the Thirty Years’ War was one of the most destructive and longest running wars in modern European history. However, this war also demonstrated that more than just tactical advances can be learned from one’s enemies.

In fact, according to Tanqueray’s global brand ambassador, Angus Winchester, during the Thirty Years’ War, England’s army witnessed Dutch soldiers fortifying for battle by drinking genever. Genever is the traditional liquor of the Netherlands and Belgium. It is from this that gin evolved.

In order to be considered gin, a liquor must contain juniper. However, each brand contains it’s own group of flavoring aromatics—anything from dried citrus peels to licorice. Genever is not a type of gin—it is generally barrel-aged and has a malty taste more similar to whiskey than gin.

Seamus Harris, world traveler and cocktail blogger metaphorically distills it down to this: “While the urbane and clean-shaven London Dry is the dominant gin style today, Genever is its extravagantly whiskered, baccy chewin’, gold prospecting grandpa.” I’ll drink to that.

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Nicholas Cage natural odor is similar to the sweat of a homeless man!
Nicholas Cage natural odor is similar to the sweat of a homeless man!

Nicolas Kim Coppola (or Nicolas Cage), is an American actor, producer and director. He has appeared in over 70 films such as National treasure and Kick-Ass!

He was born in Long Beach, California and raised by a Catholic family in which his dad was a professor of literature and his mom a dancer and choreographer. He attended Beverly Hills High School and aspired to act and become an actor. He attended UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and hence Nicolas Cage was born!

Nicolas Cage dated Jenna Jameson at some point in his life, where the porn queen recalls how the Oscar-winning actor smelt like distilled sweat of homeless people! This means that Nicolas Cage has a strong sweat/odor problem!

Just when everyone thought Nicolas Cage was just the perfect man, so perfect that he has been immortalized in memes so that he can live through the web for an eternity. Who cares about his sweat problem? He is still the man!

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No matter how scrambled your Rubik’s Cube is, it can be solved in 20 moves or less!
No matter how scrambled your Rubik’s Cube is, it can be solved in 20 moves or less!

The 80s were a time of testing our mental capacity, pushing the way we think and solve problems to the creative limits. Alright, so that may be a little dramatic in the age of hair bands and Pac-Man, but there was the infamous Rubik’s Cube that boggled the mind—at least until those geniuses mastered it.

It has been proven that any Rubik’s Cube can be solved in twenty moves or less, no matter how many times you twist and turn it. This is known as “God’s Number,” which is essentially how long it would take to get the shortest sequence of moves in the least efficient manner. It’s the best-case scenario for solving the cube!

Thanks to Google, who donated 35 CPU-years of idle computer time, researched were able to solve each and every possible outcome of the Rubik’s Cube, which was about 43,252,003,274,489,956,000 different positions. They considered a move to be one twist of a side, also known as the half-turn metric.

Once researchers partitioned positions down and were able to reduce the count of sets needed to solve using symmetry, they wrote a computer program that solved a single set in 20 seconds. Then it was a matter of waiting as it went through each of the 55,882,296 sets. Some scientists seem to have a lot of time on their hands!

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A town of 60 raised $400,000 from speeding tickets! How did they do it?
A town of 60 raised $400,000 from speeding tickets! How did they do it?

New Rome, Ohio, is a tiny village made up of 60 residents, located on the west side of Columbus. The roads outside the town post a 45 mph speed limit, but it drops down to 35 mph the moment you drive into the village.

The fourteen part-time policemen decided to take full advantage of this and would wait at the village’s only stoplight to catch whoever wasn’t following their posted speed limit. Not only did they ticket drivers for speeding, but also for minor offenses such as dusty taillights or improperly tinted windows!

Just how much was made from all of these tickets? Nearly $400,000 annually! Unfortunately for New Rome, it didn’t last long. The village was legally dissolved and made part of a nearby township in 2004, and the speed trap came to an end.

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