Things might have been a lot different on the Titanic if the ship's lookouts had access to their binoculars! Frederick Fleet and Reginald Lee, the ship's lookouts, reportedly didn't have binoculars during the voyage, and had to rely only on their eyesight to help guide the ship. The ship's second officer had been replaced just before the Titanic set sail. During the transition, the key to the locker containing the binoculars was misplaced. The key was actually later found and sold for $130,000 at an auction in 2010.
Queen Elizabeth II was photographed wearing pants only once during her entire reign. In 1970, she was reportedly interested in updating her look, and asked her tailor for a custom pantsuit to wear during her royal tour in Australia. It's safe to assume that the Queen wasn't too fond of the outfit, as she was never again seen wearing pants in public.
When Nikola Tesla realized he couldn't afford his hotel bill, he decided to offer up one of his inventions as payment, and gave hotel management a sealed box that he claimed contained a "death beam." Tesla made them promise not to open the box because its detonation would be incredibly dangerous. After his death in 1943, scientists took the proper precautions to open the box, and found that Tesla had merely thrown a bunch of spare lab parts in the box to avoid paying his bill.
I Know I'll Never Be Forgetting These 84 Truly Fascinating Things I Learned In February For As Long As I Live
I learned some pretty unforgettable things in February, from the heartbreaking stories of real-life couples who died on the Titanic to details about several alleged assassination attempts against Queen Elizabeth II.
In 1976, Meryl Streep auditioned for the lead role in King Kong. After Streep read for the role, producer Dino De Laurentiis reportedly turned to his son, who recommended Streep for the role, and asked, in Italian, "Why did you bring me this ugly thing?" Streep speaks Italian, so she reportedly responded to De Laurentiis in Italian by apologizing that she was not beautiful enough to be in his movie.
In 2002, Mila Kunis filmed a movie called The Girl Who Wouldn't Die. When the film went into post-production, filmmakers decided they wanted to turn the movie into a sequel to American Psycho, and ended up adding several flashback scenes connecting Kunis's character to the original film's lead character, Patrick Bateman.
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Johnny Carson banned former co-host Joan Rivers from ever appearing on The Tonight Show after she decided to leave NBC for her own Fox show. When Jay Leno took over the show, he decided to uphold the ban out of respect for Carson. In 2014, Jimmy Fallon became the new host of the late night series, and invited Rivers to appear on his first episode, 49 years to the day of her first Tonight Show appearance.
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Honestly, still pretty shocked that some people attempted to blame the Super Bowl power outage on Beyoncé's truly unforgettable halftime show.
Diana Ross, Bob Marley, Queen, Snoop Dogg, ABBA, Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, the Beach Boys, the Who, Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., and the Ramones are some of the most notable artists and groups who, despite their huge impacts on the music world, have never won a Grammy.
Pamela got incredibly personal in her memoir, writing about everything from her early Playboy career to the legal proceedings following the release of her stolen sex tape with then-husband Tommy Lee.
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When Mario Puzo, the author of the Godfather books, began to adapt the novels to film, he had never written a screenplay before. Although he ended up winning two Oscars for his scripts, he decided to purchase a book on screenwriting in order to further perfect his craft. Puzo said he was shocked when he started reading the book. "The first chapter [of] the book said, study Godfather I. It's the model of a screenplay," he said. "So, I was stuck with the book."
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What does it say about me that I'm tempted to suggest several of these as future book club picks?
Steven Spielberg planned to reveal E.T.'s real name in a sequel to the hit film. Although the sequel never panned out, it was later revealed that E.T.'s name is Zrek.
Although you were probably taught that a young George Washington cut down his father's cherry tree, the story is actually a myth that was popularized in an attempt to make Washington seem like the ideal role model for young Americans. It's a rather ironic twist, considering the fake story appeared in children's textbooks as an example of the importance of honesty.
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We read every single page and are here to bring you the details we found most shocking!
25 Things Prince Harry Shared In His "60 Minutes" Interview, From His Thoughts On Camilla Parker Bowles To Details About An Alleged Physical Altercation With Prince William
Harry didn't shy away from anything in the interview. He discussed everything from the idea that Meghan Markle is to blame for breaking up his relationship with Prince William, to the allegations that Camilla Parker Bowles planted stories about him to benefit her own press coverage.
Princess Diana's great grand uncle, the fifth Earl of Spencer, reportedly worked as the groom of the stool for the royal family, where he helped the king wash up after using the bathroom. This was actually a highly coveted position in the palace because the king normally confided in the groom of the stool while doing his business.
I've gotta say, I learned some pretty cool things in December, from the history behind a groundbreaking episode of The Golden Girls to the story of "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" being condemned by the Catholic Church.
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Celebrities got verrrry personal this year, from Jennette McCurdy revealing that Nickelodeon allegedly tried to give her $300,000 in hush money to Matthew Perry sharing that his heart stopped for five minutes during surgery.
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I will never be able to think of The Sound of Music the same way after learning that the real Maria von Trapp allegedly had a "terrible temper."