Before Kenny Loggins agreed to perform the song, the 1980s hit “Danger Zone” from the Top Gun soundtrack was originally intended to be performed by the band Toto.
Vampire bats will take care of orphaned young and are one of the few mammals known to do so.
During World War II, coffee rationing led Americans to turn to Postum, a powdered coffee substitute comprised of roasted wheat bran and molasses. Although the popularity of Postum plummeted after the war, it still sells well today in the United States and Canada.
The term and concept of “tea parties” didn’t enter into the English culture and lexicon until the 1830s; the American historical event known as “The Boston Tea Party” (1773) was originally referred to as “The Destruction of the Tea.”
The earliest microwave ovens pumped out 3,000 watts of power (much more powerful than modern residential microwaves) and could completely cook large cuts of meat in less than a minute.
Lyme disease is named after the towns of Lyme and Old Lyme, two out of the three small Connecticut towns where a cluster of outbreaks in 1975 led to formal recognition of the collective symptoms as a full syndrome.
The largest shark teeth ever discovered belong to Megalodon, a species of shark that lived approximately 23 to 3.6 million years ago. Megalodon’s teeth can measure over 7.1 inches (180 millimeters) in slant height (diagonal length).
Halley’s Comet was last seen in the inner Solar System in 1986 and won’t appear again until mid-2061.
The iconic song “Over The Rainbow” was originally cut from The Wizard of Oz and was only reinstated at the insistence of associate producer Arthur Freed and Judy Garland’s vocal coach/mentor Roger Edens.
Taco Bell is named after founder Glen Bell.
Hockey rinks used to have a single shared penalty box, but players from opposing teams would sometimes continue the fight that landed them in the box while sequestered in it.
Despite the seeming randomness of Waldo’s placement in the Where’s Waldo? children’s books, there are certain placement rules; Waldo is never placed, for example, on the bottom of the right hand page because the reader’s eye is naturally drawn there on each page turn.
Several U.S. coins have ridges around the edge, known as reeding. The number of reeds varies among coins—dimes have 118, the much larger half dollar coins have 150, and the Susan B. Anthony dollar coins have 133.
Radio and television advertising of tobacco products has been banned in the United States since January 2, 1971 when the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act took effect.
The transition from the color of your lips to the color of your normal skin is called the vermilion border and humans are the only creatures on Earth that have it.
The DeLorean DMC-12, the car best known as the time machine in the Back to the Future movie franchise, was the only model ever produced by its manufacturer, the DeLorean Motor Company.
The oval shaped track of the Indianapolis 500 raceway is 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) long and, to finish the race, drivers must complete 200 laps.
Stanley Kubrick did not skimp on details in his gripping film adaptation of Stephen King’s novel The Shining. The pivotal scene where Jack’s wife Wendy finds the massive pile of some 500 odd sheets of paper piled up beside his typewriter with “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” typed over and over, was not simply a few sheets of copy; the entire pile was all typed out by Kubrick’s secretary Margaret Warrington.
Located at 78°13′N 15°38′E, Longyearbyen, Norway, population 2,368 (as of 2019), is the northernmost settlement of any kind in the world.
In 1999, Stephen King was hit by a distracted motorist; his lawyer and two others later purchased the motorist’s van to prevent it from being sold as the van that had almost killed Stephen King.
At the time of its release in 1994, True Lies was the most expensive film ever made and the first with a budget exceeding 100 million dollars.
Cookie Monster has a British cousin named Biscuit Monster.
Coconut water is so similar to blood plasma that it can be used intravenously to treat dehydration.
The first barcoded item to be scanned in an Australian supermarket was, fittingly, a jar of VEGEMITE spread.
Wilson the Volleyball, Tom Hanks’ inanimate companion in the movie Cast Away, actually had scripted lines. They were unspoken in the movie and existed only to help Hanks get in character while talking to the ball.