15 Bizarre Facts About Famous, Giant Companies

You might find the name “Chuck E. Cheese” ridiculous, but it sure beats “Rick Rat’s Pizza.” Here’s that full story, and 14 more:

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Hooters used to operate an airline. Hooters Air got started in 2003, and every flight had two Hooters girls (who would come in from local restaurants). It folded after three years, and lost Hooters $40 million.

Source: Business Insider

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Southwest Airlines sorted out a dispute with a rival company in the wrestling ring. Southwest and Stevens Aviation couldn't agree on which one of the two would get to use the slogan Just Plane Smart, so they arranged an arm wrestling. Southwest lost, but Stevens Aviation agreed to share the

Source: Southwest

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Whole Foods used to sell food made with prison labor. Stsodro t TEORW Haystack Mountain goat cheese, sold at Whole Foods, was made by inmates and the company sold it for nearly a decade they stopped only when a prison reform activist wrote to the CEO. CRACKED.COM

Source: NPR

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Coca-Cola makes money selling syrup to bottling companies. Oo' The bottling companies then sell the syrup to retailers, and Coca-Cola gets a cut of that sale.

Source: Reuters

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The Hershey ice cream and chocolate companies are totally unrelated. HERSHEY'S HERSHEYS HERSHF S11C1A HERSHEY'S SHEY Reese's LICA HERSHEYS HERSH COLATE HERSHEY'S SLECTA SCCTA MIIK Chocolateu Aleyoodds HERSHEYS They were both founded in Pennsylvania in 1894, but that's where the connection ends. CRACKED.COM

Source: Dairy Foods

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In the '90s, Sega got a gift of $700 million from its president. He gave all his Sega shares back to the companyco for unclear reasons.

Source: BBC

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Quaker Oats fed kids radioactive oatmeal in the '40s and 50s. SPRINTALLT That's according to a class action lawsuit from 1995-- apparently, Quaker Oats and MIT gave students at the Fernald State School oatmeal with radioactive iron and calcium. Quaker Oats and MIT settled out of court for $1.85 million.

Source: Chronicle

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Hasbro is the owner of Death Row Records. PEATH ROW RECORDS They bought the company on December 30, 2019, which means the people who own the rights to My Little Pony now also own the rights to the albums of Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre, and more. CRACKED.COM

Source: VICE

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Samsung built the world's tallest building. They spent 11 months bidding for the contract to build Dubai's Burj Khalifa in 2004, and won, with a price tag of $306 million.

Source: BBC

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You can't buy Jack Daniels in stores in the area where it's made. The distillery is in Moore County, which is a dry county.

Source: Thrillist

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When Microsoft was developing XBox, they tried to buy Nintendo. Microsoft They were trying to buy developers for the upcoming console, and that included Nintendo, but Nintendo wasn't having any of it. They just laughed their asses off, a Microsoft director said. Like, imagine an hour of somebody just laughing

Source: Engadget

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Chuck E. Cheese's was supposed to be called Rick Rat's Pizza. The mascot was supposed to be a coyote, and founder Nolan Bushnell ordered a coyote costume, but he got a rat costume instead. So he said he'd just call his company Rick Rat's Pizza, but his marketing department was

Source: The Atlantic

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Audio equipment company Bose is owned by MIT. BOE. Better through researche sound It was founded by MIT alum Amar Bose, and he gave MIT the majority of the stock in 2011. CRACKED.COM

Source: MIT

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Kodak used a 13-month calendar from 1928 to 1989. Feb 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 910 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Mar 8 8 910 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Apr 8 14 15 16 17 18 19 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 May 8 IS 16 17 18 19 20 21 25 28 Jun 8 891 1 20112S2228 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Sol 1'2 3 4 5 6 7 S 8 9 1011 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28

Source: Bloomberg

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M&Ms were a purely military product in WWIl. m m W I m m L m They were sold only to the military- being heat-resistant and easy to transport, they were really well suited to being part of soldiers' rations. CRACKED.COM

Source: History.com