Kinda surprising isn't it? The Jetsons is one of the most famous Hanna-Barbera cartoons, so it's shocking to learn that the show itself aired for just one season in the 60s and then only two more in the 80s. It was a counterpart to The Flintstones who used machines powered by birds and dinosaurs, whereas the Jetsons lived in the future year of 2062; 100 years after its premiere. The Jetsons lived in a futuristic utopia with elaborate robots and technology. The show ran during primetime and it was the first program to ever be in color on ABC-TV. The Flintstones was actually aired in black and white its first two seasons by comparison.
The Jetsons lived in Orbit City. The city's architecture is shown in the Googie style, and all homes and businesses are raised high above the ground on adjustable columns. George Jetson lived with his family in the Skypad Apartments: his wife Jane was a homemaker, their teenage daughter Judy attended Orbit High School, and their early-childhood son Elroy attended Little Dipper School.
Housekeeping is done by a robot maid, Rosie, which handled chores not otherwise rendered trivial by the home's numerous push-button Space Age-envisioned conveniences. The family had a dog named Astro, which talked with an initial consonant mutation in which every word begins with an "R", as if speaking with a growl.
People started flipping one cigarette upside down in their packs because of a myth that early 'Lucky Strikes' contained marijuana!
There’s a myth that people believed that the cigarette brand "Lucky Strike" is named so because every so often a consumer of the product would have a "lucky strike", finding a marijuana joint in a pack of cigarettes.
The myth varies in how often the marijuana cigarette would be included, anywhere from one in every thousand cartons to one in every pack. It's unknown when the myth originated. One claim is it has been floating around for many years. Lucky Strike's slogan "It's Toasted" fueled belief in the myth.
Despite the popularity of the myth, there are no reliable reports of any Lucky Strike cigarette containing marijuana. The name "Lucky Strike", in reality, is only a marketing ploy, implying to customers that obtaining their brand is a "Lucky Strike".
The "It's Toasted" slogan refers to the product's tobacco being toasted instead of sun-dried, making a supposedly better-tasting product. Other myths offshoot from this one.
One of the explanations for the origin of flipping a "lucky" cigarette upside down claims the practice originated from the Lucky Strike myth; it's thought that the superstition arose from flipping the marijuana-containing cigarette upside-down in order to save it for last.
The German-born theoretical physicist, Albert, Einstein, was very well known prior to World War II. He was so well known, that people would stop him on the street to ask him about his theories. It got to the point that Einstein apparently began telling people “Pardon me, I am often mistaken for Professor Einstein.” He had to lie to get away from everyone. He was visiting the U.S. when Hitler assumed power in Germany. Einstein ended up not returning to his country where he’d been a professor in Berlin.
In 1940, he became a citizen of the U.S. and was the one to alert President Roosevelt that Germany might be developing an atomic weapon. He suggested that the U.S. begin research and testing on the matter themselves. Thus, the Manhattan Project was born. Einstein’s wife was his first cousin maternally and his second cousin paternally. They were together for seven years before getting married. He was previously married to another woman whom he cheated on with his second wife. He had three children, but the first one either died or was adopted out. Einstein was a citizen of five different countries throughout his life and was even stateless for a period of 5 years.
Dementors in the Harry Potter series were inspired by J.K. Rowling’s struggles with clinical depression!
J.K. Rowling has sold 400 million copies of her Harry Potter series. The series is actually the best-selling book series in history. They’ve also become major motion pictures, which have become the highest grossing film series in history. The British mother of three was given final say in the films and was the producer of the final installment. Rowling herself has a rags to riches story.
Within a period of 5 years she lost her mother, was divorced from her first husband, and was living on social security when she finished the first Harry Potter book and published it, which shot her to critical acclaim and lots of money. Today she is the 12th richest woman in the United Kingdom.
She is now a notable philanthropist. It wasn’t always easy, though. She struggled through clinical depression during her hardships and it was through those experiences that the dementors in the Harry Potter series were inspired. She turned her lemons into lemonade.
Rongorongo is a series of glyphs found on Easter Island in the 19th century. The glyphs look to be actual writing or proto-writing. Many people have attempted to decipher the glyphs, but to no avail. Parts of the glyphs have been identified as calendar references and genealogical information. It isn’t even concrete yet that the glyphs are writing, but if they are found to be real writing, then they’d be an independent invention.
That would be a major finding and make them one of very few independent inventions of writing in human history. The Rongorongo glyphs were found on 24 or so objects. Some of the items had been burned, weathered, or damaged in other ways. Now, they are scattered throughout museums across the world and by some private collectors.
Oral history of Rapanui explains that only a very few elite were literate and that the tablets would be considered sacred by the people.