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  1. Mario Puzo, the author of the Godfather books who’d also adapted them to film, had no idea what he was doing as he’d never written a screenplay before. After winning two Oscars, he decided to buy a book on screenwriting to learn how. In the first chapter, it said “Study Godfather I”.

  2. To fight illegal logging of their land, an indigenous community of 9000 members in Guyana built a drone by watching DIY videos on YouTube, to film the illegal activities and report the footage to Guyanese authorities.

  3. Nicolas Cage once outbid Leonardo DiCaprio for a 70 million year old dinosaur skull paying $276,000 for it. After later finding out that the skull was stolen he agreed to return it to the Mongolian authorities.

  4. The city of Houston, Texas has a program where they train citizens to write tickets for handicap parking violations. After taking a course in proper procedure, you are given the authority to ticket anyone you see parked in a handicap spot without a placard.

  5. Author Douglas Adams once got an offering of £50,000 to write a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy calendar. A few weeks later, having done no work towards it, another call came saying the deal had fallen through but that he would still be paid half the fee. He celebrated with champagne.

  6. Bill Watterson, the author of "Calvin and Hobbes", believed that adapting the comic to any other medium would compromise its integrity. He believed this so strongly that he turned down personal calls from Steven Spielberg and George Lucas offering to make animated movies.

  7. Author Joe Hill, Stephen King's son, went ten years of successful independent writing before announcing his relationship to his dad - not even his agent knew.

  8. In an attempt to make his spy novels feel more authentic, author John Le Carré is credited with coining a number of terms for his fictional intelligence agency (terms like mole, honey trap, pavement artist, asset babysitter) which have become common terms used in real intelligence agencies.

  9. Michael Crichton, author of Jurassic Park, believed that his professor at Harvard was giving him unfair grades. To prove it, he turned in a paper from George Orwell. He received a B-.

  10. A study sent 12 fake patients to psychiatric hospitals and all but 1 were diagnosed with schizophrenia. After publication, an offended hospital challenged the author to fool them. He agreed. Hospital then diagnosed 21% of incoming patients as fakes. In reality, he sent no patients at all.

Data charts about Authority

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The objects authors most frequently use for size comparisons, past and present

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House prices to earnings ratio by local authority, England & Wales, 2002 - 2018,

What are some fun facts about authority?

In 1987, in Brazil, a ship carrying 22tons of weed in 3lb cans dumped all of it in the sea after being chased by Brazilian authorities. The cans were carried to the coastline by the tides, and most ended up being found (and used) by locals. This event came to be known as "The Summer of the Cans"

The famous author Upton Sinclair was arrested for reading the 1st Amendment in public during a Union meeting supporting strikers. The arresting officer remarked, “We’ll have none of that Constitution stuff.”

Italian author Umberto Eco said that social media "gives legions of idiots the right to speak when they once only spoke at a bar after a glass of wine, without harming the community...but now they have the same right to speak as a Nobel Prize winner. It's the invasion of the idiots."

A study co-authored by hundreds of physicists, "The Effects of Peanut Butter on the Rotation of the Earth," is only one sentence long: "So far as we can determine, peanut butter has no effect on the rotation of the earth."

A Physicist Made His Cat The Co-Author Of a Paper Because He'd Accidentally Written "We" Instead of "I" Throughout the Paper and Couldn't be Bothered Changing It.

Amelia Earhart likely survived and sent distress signals for weeks after disappearing, but the authorities immediately presumed all signals to be hoaxes with no further investigation

In the 1960s, the sugar industry paid three Harvard scientists $50,000 to say that heart disease was most likely caused by saturated fat. After their report was published in JAMA, diets concentrating on low fat gained the endorsement of many health authorities.

An Air Canada flight was asked by Australian authorities to investigate an emergency beacon. The plane, with 270 people, flew at 4000 feet as crew and passengers used binoculars to locate a stranded sailor, who was later rescued by police. The flight landed safely in Sydney, 90 minutes delayed.

The last words of James Bond author Ian Fleming were an apology to his ambulance drivers for having inconvenienced them, saying "I am sorry to trouble you chaps. I don't know how you get along so fast with the traffic on the roads these days."

The woman who first proposed the theory that Shakespeare wasn't the real author, didn't do any research for her book and was eventually sent to an insane asylum

In 1963 a 16 year old sent a four-question survey to 150 well-known authors (75 of which replied) in order to prove to his English teacher that writers don't intentionally add symbolic content to their books. - fact check

Two Oxford students heard that the author Rudyard Kipling earned 10 shillings per word so they sent him 10 shillings and asked for one of his very best words. Kipling replied: "Thanks".

Abraham Lincoln authorized the creation of the Secret Service whose original purpose was to investigate counterfeit money which accounted for almost half of all US currency. He was shot the same day.

Before his death, Lenin published a testament that stated Stalin should be immediately removed from power as Lenin was "not sure if he can be trusted to use authority with sufficient caution"

On a trip to China, Prince Philip joked to students that "if you stay here much longer, you'll go slit-eyed". After initial concerns of offence, it was revealed that Chinese authorities were unconcerned. They explained that travelling Chinese students were likewise warned not to go "round-eyed".

Childless Atheist and author Ninon de l'Enclos left her money to the nine-year-old son of her accountant upon her death. This Nine-year-old would later be known as Voltaire

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has entertained the idea that Harry went mad in the cupboard under the stairs and made up a magical world in his head to cope with it.

John Wayne Gacy's former attorney, Sam Amirante, who heard Gacy's original confession to over 30 murders, later went on to author the Missing Child Recovery Act of 1984 which removed the 72-hour waiting period to begin the search for a missing child.

After J.D Salinger, author of The Catcher in the Rye, served in World War Two, he was hospitalized with combat stress reaction for a few weeks. He later told his daughter "You never really get the smell of burning flesh out of your nose entirely, no matter how long you live."

Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World, took LSD on his deathbed and died tripping.

An anonymous Brit drew penises around potholes in Manchester to force authorities to stop delaying fixing them. It worked - fact check

Prior to production of Valkyrie (2008), German Defence Ministry said that filming would not be allowed at the country's military sites. Because Tom Cruise is a member of Scientology, which is viewed as a dangerous cult by the German authorities

R.L. Stine, author of Goosebumps, never included things like divorce, drug use, and abuse because he didn't "really want to terrify kids." He wanted his stories to be strictly fantasy and kids to know that it couldn't really happen.

Rick Rescorla, the director of security at Morgan Stanley, saved the lives of nearly his whole company on 9/11 by making them evacuate the South Tower as soon as the North Tower was hit, which was against Port Authority orders

Natalie Portman speaks Hebrew(native), English, French, German, Spanish and Japanese. As a student, she co-authored two research papers that were published in scientific journals.

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Which Authors enjoyed most weeks on New York Times Bestsellers List(2011-2018)?

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Network of the authors of papers on lung cancer dated between 2013 and April 2018, found by the search on Web of Science & refined by Hot Papers and Highly Cited. Made in Mathemati