13 Now-You-Know Bits of Trivia About Movies, History, Celebrity Weirdness, And More

Somehow, even celebrities can get turned down by co-op boards in NYC. Like poor Mariah Carey, who made the dire strategic blunder of baring her midriff and lost an $8 million penthouse. Here are the full details, plus 12 other stories:

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On the shoot of Resident Evil: Retribution, the zombie costumes put actors at risk. At one point, 16 actors fell from a platform, and EMTs had to be called in - but the costumes meant EMTs had a hard time diagnosing their injuries. None of the injuries turned out to

Source: The Guardian

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Thunderball almost had a theme by Johnny Cash. r They asked Cash to write a song for it, which he did, but they didn't like it and Cash was pretty let down, apparently, because he wanted to broaden his fanbase. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: BBC

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Daft Punk's robot helmets were inspired by a 1974 movie. It's the musical Phantom of the Paradise, which they watched more than 20 times. NOW YOU KNOW

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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You can thank Quaker Oats for 1971's Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. The movie was only made thanks to a partnership with Quaker Oats, who insisted on having Willy Wonka in the title as promotion for their Willy Wonka Super Skrunch bar and Willy Wonka Peanut Butter Oompas (the

Source: Chicago Tribune

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In WWIl, a U.S. officer evaded capture for 50 days by eating plants and earthworms. William C. House When the Japanese Army invaded the island of Kiska, they captured its only inhabitants, the crew of the U.S. Aerological Detail - except forWilliam C. House. He went back and surrendered only after

Source: nps.gov

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Until the 1940s, blue was for girls and pink was for boys. For example, one 1918 article said that the generally accepted rule is pink for the boys, and blue for the girls. The reason is that pink, being a more decided and stronger color, is more suitable for the

Source: Smithsonian Magazine

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Jazz pianist Hazel Scott was admitted to Juilliard at age 8. Juilliard founder Frank Damrosch overheard someone playing Rachmaninoff on a piano and replacing the ninths with the sixths, which made his blood boil, sO he went to find them. It was an 8-year-old who couldn't reach the ninths and

Source: The Week

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Your nose gets runny when you cry because tears flood it. Your eyes get So filled with fluid when you cry that the excess flows into the ducts leading to the nose, making your nose runny. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: PopSci

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It took Leonard Cohen five years to write Hallelujah. He wrote dozens of verses and then spent years figuring out the final version of the song. NOW YOU KNOW

Source: New Yorker

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NASA's 1960s Apollo missions had to use the metric system to save on computing power. Using imperial units would entail extra calculations, which would have been too much for the processors and memory storage of the time. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

Source: UK Metric Association

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Hawaii became a U.S. state 18 years after Pearl Harbor. In 1941, Hawaii was a U.S. territory and its citizens had the protections of the U.S. constitution under a 1900 law. NOW YOU KNOW

Source: History.com

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Mariah Carey got rejected by an NYC CO-op board after a bizarre interview. When she wanted to buy an $8 million penthouse, she was invited to talk to the building's board, and showed up with a bare midriff and three bodyguards in tow. During the interview, someone asked if Mr.

Source: Observer

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The evening Bruce Lee died, George Lazenby was waiting for him SO they could go to dinner. They were working out a deal to get Lazenby in the Bruce Lee movie Game of Death, and Lazenby was waiting for Lee and his girlfriend at a bar. Lee said he'd be

Source: The Ringer