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  1. Prince William and Prince Harry pulled a prank on their grandmother the Queen, by changing her voicemail answering message to say, "Hey wassup! This is Liz. Sorry I'm away from the throne. For a hotline to Philip, press one. For Charles, press two. And for the corgis, press three."

  2. In 1926, Poland sent the US a birthday card with over 5 million signatures. Polish citizen Leopold Kotnowski visited the White House to present the card for America’s 150th birthday. It has 30,000 pages full of art, photos, poems and pressed flowers.

  3. Hitler used an arson attack on the German parliament to justify taking away most civil liberties in Germany, including habeas corpus, freedom of expression, freedom of the press, the right of free association, public assembly and the secrecy of the post and telephone

  4. During WWII, Japanese ships heavily underestimated the depths American submarines could get to, often allowing them to escape. This secret was ruined when Congressman Andrew May revealed the information at a press conference, resulting in an estimated loss of 10 submarines and 800 men.

  5. Tom Hanks has been gifting the White House press corps with new coffee machines since 2004 after visiting and finding an old decrepit Mr. Coffee machine serving really bad coffee. Latest was a $1700 espresso machine in 2017.

  6. In 2012, Taliban spokesman Yousef Ahmadi accidentally used 'CC' instead of 'BCC' when sending a press release, thereby exposing the names and emails of more than 400 Taliban press contacts.

  7. Thomas Grasso's last meal before his execution was 24 mussels, 24 clams, a double cheeseburger, 6 ribs, 2 strawberry milkshakes, half a pumpkin pie, strawberries, and a can of SpaghettiOs. His final statement was, "I did not get my SpaghettiOs. I got spaghetti. I want the press to know this."

  8. In 1795, as Composer Joseph Haydn conducted the premiere of his 102nd symphony, the audience pressed forward out of their seats to get a closer look. Moments later, a chandelier crashed to the floor where the seats had emptied, killing no one and giving this piece the name “The Miracle”.

  9. After reading the script for ‘Stop! Or My Mother Will Shoot,’ Arnold Schwarzenegger thought it was so bad that he leaked fake interest in the film to the press to get rival star, Sylvester Stallone, to try to steal the role. It worked and Stallone starred in the critical and commercial flop.

  10. Oliver Sipple, who saved then President Gerald Ford's life from an assassin, was subsequently outed as gay by the press, disowned by his family and ultimately died regretting saving the President

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Press Freedom Index: best improved and worst declined countries from 2009 to 2019

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When a persistent Washington DC bookstore clerk exposed Stephen King as the true author of books written under the name Richard Bachman, King's publishers sent out a press release announcing Bachman's death from "cancer of the pseudonym."

Even after years of lying about her brother Michael Jackson being a pedophile as a way to extort money from the press, when La Toya Jackson asked him for forgiveness he simply opened his arms, hugged her and said “I will always love my sister.”

In 2007, the science advocacy group Sense About Science contacted the manufacturers of 15 "detox" products. When pressed, not a single detox peddler contacted could come up with a definition of what they meant by detox

During a press conference in June 1943 Congressman Andrew May noted that Japanese depth charges detonated too soon to be effective. The Japanese changed depth charge tactics after the press releases, killing 800 US submariners

Dutch inventor Philip Nitschke also known as “Dr. Death” has created the worlds first suicide pod known as the “Sarco”. A button is pressed and the capsule is filled with nitrogen. The person will feel a bit dizzy but will then rapidly lose consciousness and die.

Japan does not accept signatures on official documents (banks, real estate and business) but require a ‘hanko’ which is an official carved wooden or stone seal pressed in ink

During WW2, a US politician got 800 sailors killed after bragging to the press about the Japanese setting off depth charges too early.

In 1936, King George V was injected with 1g of cocaine and 750mg of morphine - enough to kill him twice - to make sure he died in time for printing presses which rolled at midnight.

Ferrero, the maker of Nutella, is one of the most secretive company in the world; it designs its machines in-house and does not allow press tours

We call letters "uppercase" and "lowercase" because the original printing presses kept letter blocks in literal cases; since small letters were used more often, they kept them in the bottom case for easy access; thus, lowercase (and uppercase) were born.

In the UK if you dial 999 but can't audibly signal the operator you can press '55' to signal that you are in danger

Friedrich Nietzsche held a pessimistic view on modern society and popular culture. He believed the press and mass culture led to conformity and brought about mediocrity resulting in a lack of intellectual progress, leading to the decline of the human species..

Dr Seuss's first book was rejected 20+ times. He was on his way to burn it when he ran into a college friend who had just been made children's editor at Vanguard Press. Seuss later said, 'If I'd been going down the other side of Madison Ave, I'd be in the dry-cleaning business today.'

Allison Janney was so convincing as White House press secretary in The West Wing that she has been offered work as a political pundit many times and turned them down, reminding them that she is an actor and not strong on politics.

In 2011 Nicolas Cage woke up in his Orange County house in the middle of the night to find a naked man, wearing Cage’s leather jacket, and eating a Fudgesicle in front of his bed. The man was arrested by police, but Cage didn’t press charges.

Australian prime minister Harold Holt loved swimming and diving so much that when his press secretary expressed concern about this he said, "Look, what are the odds that a PM would drown or be eaten by a shark?". In 1967, Holt went for a swim in the ocean and was never seen again.

Rats who were trained to press a lever for food stopped pressing the lever once they saw that it also caused another rat to receive an electric shock

The 1964 war movie 'The Battle of the Bulge' was so historically inaccurate that President Dwight D. Eisenhower came out of retirement and held a press conference just to denounce the film.

Charles Whitman, the Texas Tower shooter, asked for an autopsy to be done after his death to determine what made him kill. The autopsy found a tumor pressing on his amygdala, possibly influencing his actions.

A stroke suffering cat owner tried to teach his cat to press a 911 speed dial. Unsure whether the training stuck, the owner later fell from his wheel chair during a seizure. Police received a silent 911 call from the house and arrived to find the man incapacitated and the cat by the phone.

In 2011 billionaire Oprah Winfrey found out she has a sister she never knew existed and now takes care of her financially because Oprah was so impressed by her sisters loyalty. She spent 4 years trying to contact Oprah with no luck and never once tried to sell the story to the press.

About White House Journalist Lester Kinsolving, Who Repeatedly Raised the Issue of The AIDs Epidemic During Reagan Administration Press Conferences, Only to be Ridiculed with Homosexual Slurs by Press Secretary Larry Speakes.

During the South Pacific WWII campaign, the Japanese constructed a heavily fortified stronghold with 110,000 troops at Rabaul near Papua New Guinea. The Allies chose to isolate Rabaul and press on, leaving the Japanese stranded and all its fortifications wasted.

6-year-old cancer patient Enzo Pereda's Make-A-Wish request was to meet celebrity chef Barefoot Contessa. She denied his request multiple times, but after some bad press about it, she finally offered to meet Enzo. He told her no and swam with dolphins instead.

President Ford was saved from assassination by a 'closeted' solider who the press outed as gay. Despite this being controversial in 1975, Ford publicly thanked the soldier who was estranged from his parents until Ford so publicly supported him.

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Press Freedom Index by Government Type