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  1. In 1836, a sewer worker accidentally discovered an old drain which ran directly into the Bank of England's gold vault. He wrote letters to the directors of the bank and requested a meeting inside the vault at an hour of their choosing - and popped out of the floor to greet them

  2. Michael Jackson was a huge fan of Weird Al Yankovich. The pop star eagerly let Al do parodies of 'Beat It' and 'Bad,' and actually let him use the subway set of 'Bad' to film a music video for 'Fat.' Michael Jackson also did his best to convince other artist to let Al parody them.

  3. When Kylie Jenner tried to trademark her name Kylie™ in 2016, Australian pop star Kylie Minogue successfully got the request blocked, with her lawyers telling the US government Kylie Minogue is “internationally renowned” while Kylie Jenner is a “secondary reality TV personality.”

  4. Violets can be smelled for only a few moments at a time because they get their scent from ionine which shuts the smell receptors off after simulating them. After a few breaths the scent pops up again but the brain registers it as a new stimulus. So everytime you smell a violet is a first time.

  5. Vera Lynn, a British pop singer who entertained troops during World War II. In 2017, she released a new album to celebrate her 100th birthday, making her the oldest recording artist in the world and the first centenarian to have an album in the charts.

  6. In France, you can sign up for a service where the postman pop in and check on your elderly parents to make sure they're all right.

  7. For the film Speed, Joss Whedon was brought in a week before shooting began, wrote "98.9% of the dialogue", added major plot points, and is credited with creating the "Pop quiz, hotshot" line.

  8. Tori Amos taught herself to play piano at the age of 2, and started composing at the age of 3. She was admitted into the Peabody Conservatory at the age of 5, but lost the scholarship six years later, reportedly due to her dislike for using sheet music and interest in rock and pop music.

  9. "Prisencolinensinainciusol," an Italian pop song consisting of Gibberish and meant to sound like how English sounds to non-English speakers

  10. In 2000 The Guinness Book of World Records cited Michael Jackson as the most philanthropic pop star in history. He gave over $300 million dollars to charity in his life, and visited hospitals and orphanages at every stop of his tours handing out gifts and making donations.

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Rock vs Pop vs Rap vs Country: Percent of Year Genre Held #1 Spot on Billboard's Album Chart 1963—2017

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Pitchfork favorites are getting more and more pop, sad and instrumental

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Pistachios crack themselves. I always assumed they were run through some sort of industrial nutcracker prior to packaging. But apparently when they ripen, the shells suddenly pop open and even make an audible crack. Chinese legend says witnessing this will bring the hearer good luck.

About popsicles that don’t melt. After the 2011 tsunami, scientists helping strawberry farmers in Japan salvage damaged crops accidentally discovered that liquid polyphenol extracted from the berries caused cream to solidify. This lead to Kanazawa Ice pops, which can stay frozen up to an hour.

There is a grocery store named "Thanksgiving" in Paris that sells U.S. "cuisine" like Pop-Tarts, Heinz ketchup, and Skippy peanut butter to homesick ex-pats.

Star rappers Post Malone and Childish Gambino got their famous stage names by inputting their real name into the "Wu-Tang Name Generator" and using the first nickname to pop up.

A Canadian lawyer Garry Hoy died in Toronto trying to prove that the glass in the windows of a 24th floor office was unbreakable by throwing himself against it. It was an act he had done twice before. The windows didn’t break but they popped out of the frame and he plunged to his death.

Shenzhen, China went from sleepy fishing village (pop 30K) to a global city of over 10 million that produces 90% of world's electronics. With some of the tallest skyscrapers on earth. All in a mere 35 years.

The Popsicle was invented when 11 year old Frank Epperson accidentally left sugary soda water outdoor on a frigid night in 1905. His kids later made him rename the Epsicle (Epperson's icicle) to Pop's 'Sicle.

Lady Gaga has been named godmother to Elton John and husband David Furnish’s baby son Elijah. The pop singer is already the godmother to John and Furnish’s two-year-old, Zachary, and the couple were so impressed with her guidance that they doubled down on Gaga’s godmother duties.

Most Kpop (Korean Pop) stars are molded for years in 'bootcamps' where they are charged for their housing and dance/singing lessons, before being signed under "slave contracts" that allow their agencies to control their wardrobe, diets, love lives, and their behavior.

Michael Jackson had a friend who owned a mall close the entire thing down and populate it with people he knew to act as regular shoppers so the pop star could go shopping without being swarmed by fans.

In 2017 it was demonstrated that pop songs are getting dumber and more repetitive by running the lyrics through a data compression algorithm

After the false rumors that mixing Pop Rocks with soda could cause death, General Foods sent letters to school principals, created open letters to parents, took out advertisements in major publications, and sent the inventor on the road to explain Pop Rocks are not dangerous.

After David Bowie went to Bali with Iggy Pop, he was so impressed by the Balinese Cremation Ceremony that he requested he be transported back there upon his death and “cremated in accordance with the Buddhist rituals of Bali.” He ended up being cremated in New Jersey.

The first use of "Google" as a verb in pop culture (TV) happened on Buffy the Vampire Slayer in 2002

When North Korea sank a South Korean Warship in 2010, South Korea responded by blasting the hit K-Pop song "Hit your heart" across the border using large military loud speakers.

Everytime a Saw movie would be released, a "Halloween Blood Drive" would be organized; mobile blood stations pop up around US where blood donators would receive a free movie ticket. A total of 120.000 pints of blood has been donated, resulting in over 360.000 lives being saved.

The inventor of the pop-up ad later admitted he was sorry for creating it, and believes its creation started a path that lead to the mass surveillance of the internet.

QR codes have been popping up in cemeteries. When you scan a code on a gravestone, you can read an obituary and see photos of the deceased.

Spirit Halloween" shops that pop up around Halloween are owned by Spencer Gifts and make up nearly half of the company's revenue in the two months they're open each year.

On September 11 2001, Delta flight 15 had to land near Lewisporte, Newfoundland (pop. 4000). The town took care of 800 passengers for 3 days with homemade food, toiletries and fresh blankets daily. Since then, Flight 15 Fund has raised 1.5 million dollars and has presented 134 scholarships.

Neither the Spice Girls themselves or their management came up with the Scary, Sporty, Baby, Ginger, Posh aliases. They were devised by Top of the Pops magazine in 1996 and later adopted by the group

Albania's economy was wrecked in the 90s when 2/3rds of the pop. was lured into govt-backed pyramid schemes which then failed. The chaos led to gangs seizing military arms and the govt. allowing citizens to arm themselves from armories. Gangs took over cities & navy ships as civil war broke out.

Samuel L. Jackson called the free porn site RedTube the "greatest pop culture achievement of the last 50 years" during an Avengers Q&A. The quip outraged several adult film stars, who viewed the remark as an endorsement to steal porn.

2 people (Max Martin and Dr. Luke) are the hidden talents crating virtually every single huge pop song. They define the biggest hits of Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Katy Perry, Pitbull, Miley Cyrus, P!nk, Ariana Grande, Taio Cruz, Kelly Clarkson, Britney Spears, and Ke$ha.

An Indonesian pop star died on stage earlier this year after she was bitten by the snake she was dancing with - she kept performing for 45 minutes before succumbing to the cobra’s venom

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Billboard Volatility : Changes in Pop Music over 60 Decades

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Pop Percentage (by words) of every major label Eminem solo album vs. critical reception