In New Jersey and Oregon, pumping your own gas is illegal. These states banned self-service out of fear that untrained consumers might light themselves on fire. The laws are surprisingly popular with citizens; any mention of their repeal has been met with fervent opposition.
The popular hip-shaking dance, the merengue, got its name from the whisking motion required to make meringue. Without all that mixing and stirring, meringue is nothing more than egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar.
In the 1950s, Harper Lee moved to New York to become an author. Her 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird won a Pulitzer Prize, but aside from a few nonfiction magazine articles she's published since, she’s refused to write anything else—including a foreword for her lone novel.
While sailing around the world in 2000, TV journalist Geraldo Rivera was followed along the coast of Somalia and nearly attacked by modern-day, Uzi-wielding pirates. The good ship Geraldo could have been a major haul for the pirates, but they were foiled when the newsman had his crew fire flare guns, drawing attention to the vessel and frightening off the attackers.
Ayds, an appetite-suppressant candy in the 1970s, lost 50 percent of its sales when a similarly named virus hit the scene in the 80s. But how did the woefully-named product rebound? By changing their name to “Diet Ayds.”
DID YOU KNOW? Marlon Brando hated memorizing lines so much that he posted cue cards everywhere to help him get through scenes.
He even asked for lines to be written on an actress's posterior. (That request was denied.)