That time Michael Caine changed his name, to Michael Caine


A lesser known thing about being an actor is that you can’t have a name that’s similar to that of another person working in the industry. What’s more, even if you do happen to have a unique name, some agents will still recommend that you change it for a variety of reasons. Which usually works out but sometimes can result in actors dealing with an unbelievable amount of bullshit. Like Michael Caine did for years until he decided to officially change his name to, well, Michael Caine. 

WW2 Rationing almost made British poos twice as big


During WW2 the British government enforced strict rationing for much of the UK that greatly limited the amount and variety of food near enough every Briton could access. While bad, it could have been much worse for Brits, or at least their toilets according to a secretive study conducted in the earliest days of the war.

That time a company took an ad off air because it was too effective


Working in advertising must be pretty soul-crushing because you put a whole bunch of time and effort into creating something 99% of people immediately ignore. Which is why when advertisers manage to create something that people actually like it’s not only noteworthy, but usually results in something unexpected happening. Like when Levi’s released an advert that not only increased their own sales, but the sales of everything their model was wearing. An impressive feat considering he was almost butt-ass naked for 90% of it.

The company that buys Britain’s “hardest water” for tea


As we’ve discussed before, tea is something the British take especially seriously with near enough every self-respecting Brit having at least one very strong opinion about some aspect of the tea making process. As an idea of how petty a thing people will get worked up over in regards to tea, even the water used is something you have to consider. Especially if it happens to be hard water. 

That time the government had to tell Nintendo not to release a console

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The Super Nintendo Entertainment System, or SNES to all you cool kids with big dicks, was the second home video game console released by Nintendo. For some inexplicable reason and despite immense interest in the console from fans, Nintendo only shipped a conservative 300,000 SNES’s to Japan for the console’s launch, which went about as well you’d expect when about 3 million people wanted one and resulted in the Japanese government stepping in and chastising them for fucking up the release so hard.