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The Flintstones was originally intended for adults! Good thing, because their sponsor was definitely not kid-friendly

Barbera and Hanna created the ever-popular cartoon The Flintstones after they had been labeled as "kids only" producers. They wanted to expand their demographic and concentrate on a show for just adults.

At this time, TV was becoming more and more popular and children were able to watch TV shows by themselves, meaning that shows didn't need to be made to appeal to both children and their families. This left room for The Flintstones, a sitcom for adults. The cartoon features Fred who is a working class man just trying to provide for his family during the Stone Age. The show had very similar humor to the hit show, 'The Honeymooners,' making it a success. The Flintstones actually were so similar to The Honeymooners that Jackie Gleason considered suing Barbera and Hanna, but later pulled out due to how many people loved the cartoon.

For the first 2 years of the show, Winston Cigarettes was a co-sponsor for The Flintstones. Cartoon stars, Fred and his wife, Wilma were featured in black and white commercials for Winston cigarettes. The commercials show Fred and Wilma smoking cigarettes in their living room and looking very happy.

At this time, most of the American population smoked cigarettes and this helped to make The Flintstones a classic cartoon that eventually was popular with all age groups.


Astronauts leave little memorabilia of fallen comrades on the moon during their trips up there! This is touching

Talk about staking your territory. Yuri Gagarin, a Soviet pilot and cosmonaut in the mid 1900s, famous for being the first man to enter space and complete an orbit around the earth, left yet another legacy when a satchel of hismedals of and those fellow astronaut Vladimir Komarov's was left on the surface of the moon by the astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

Later, a small 8 and a half centimeter aluminum figure dubbed a "Fallen Astronaut" and a plaque were also left on the moon commemorating not only Gagarin, but also 14 others who had died in space.

While Gagarin did not suffer the fate of those who perished in the line of duty, he still passed away furthering the mission of space exploration during a training exercise in a Mig-5 practice jet, along with flight instructor Vladimir Seryogin. There were many theories and conspiracies as to the causes of Yuri Gagarin's death, but it is a general consensus that his crash was caused by a sudden and unrecoverable spin or dive brought on by either another airborne object or by the condition of the plain.

Despite the early end to his accomplished life, Gagarin lives on through the meaningful tributes left for him and other astronauts in the ultimate match of king of the hill on the moon.


There is no such thing as a beer gut or a beer belly. Scientists have completely disproved it!

The idea of a "beer gut" has maintained a threatening status for many image conscious young adults coming of age since beer has been around. Some might be surprised and relieved to know that there is, in fact, no consistent correlation between the consumption of alcohol and the circumference of our bellies.

A selection of over 1000 randomly selected Czech men and women were invited to take part in a study of the relationship between those who drink beer or other wine and spirits and the size of their stomach. Subjects were asked to fill out a series of questions about their alcohol consumption and daily habits, then their body proportions and fat ratios were measured during a brief medical exam. The results concluded that the previously conceived idea of the calorie count in beer increasing the size of one's stomach in and of itself was, in fact, false.

While initial results based on age showed positive relation in waist-hip ratio, the scientists quickly invalidated the evidence by pointing out several other factors (such as age) that played into the widening of waist lines at older or younger ages.


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The original Ronald McDonald creator and personality was fired before his character got national recognition. Here's why

Oscar Goldstein, a former Washington, D.C. McDonald's franchise owner, was in some trouble when NBC cancelled his sponsored show Bozo's Circus in 1963. Bozo would regularly make appearance at his McDonald's, drawing in huge crowds. Since the show was now cancelled, Goldstein had to come up with a new mascot to entice his customers to return.

Goldstein met with the star of Bozo's Circus, Willard Scott, and hired him to recreate a new clown for the franchise. Willard Scott got a costume made by a marketing company, created the name Ronald McDonald, and began making appearances at Goldstein's restaurant in Washington D.C.

As McDonald's prepared for their national campaign to introduce Ronald McDonald to America, they fired Willard Scott, deeming his weight as the reason for termination. McDonald's felt that in order to sell hamburgers, shakes, and fries (generally, unhealthy food) to the American people, they needed a thinner mascot who appeared in shape. A thinner clown personality was hired, the campaign began, and business sky-rocketed. Scott moved on from the incident and continued to find success through books and television. He also later became the weatherman for NBC's Today Show.


Several corporations, including Wal-Mart, American Airlines, and Mastercard, released a major motion picture in 2008!

Wal-Mart is known for their low prices, but in 2008, they decided they wanted to be known for movie-making. 'Proud American' features five stories that follow the founding of Wal-Mart and Coca Cola. They intended to capture the American spirit by following these stories. Mastercard and American Airlines also offered sponsorship, and their product placement can be seen throughout the film.

Despite all of the big brand names, the movie didn't do well. It earned only $96,076 throughout 750 theaters. It's considered the lowest-grossing wide release in movie history. It currently has just a 10% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.



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