There’s a theme park chain called KidZania that offers children…

There’s a theme park chain called KidZania that offers children the chance to pretend they’re adults. Each park is a child-sized replica of a real city, where kids can work at pretending jobs and earn park currency. Then they can spend their salary on activities, visit the gift shop, or rent a toy electric car.

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Tom Cruise helped save Ray-Ban sunglasses from being…

Tom Cruise helped save Ray-Ban sunglasses from being discontinued. After the 1960s, sales were steadily declining. So the company used product placement in movies to boost sales, including having Cruise wear Ray-Bans in Risky Business, Top Gun, and Rain Man.

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The US developed the “Twin Mustang” fighter plane…

The US developed the “Twin Mustang” fighter plane near the end of WWII. It was intended to escort bombers thousands of miles to Tokyo. It had two cockpits that were both fully equipped so the pilots could take turns controlling the plane during long flights.

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When Ulysses S. Grant was broke and dying of cancer, he was…

When Ulysses S. Grant was broke and dying of cancer, he was worried about leaving his family some money. So his friend Mark Twain offered to write his memoirs in exchange for a generous royalty of 75 percent. As a result, Grant’s widow received about $450,000.

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