20th Century Fox let Lucas pass up an additional $500,000 directing fee for Star Wars in return for keeping licensing and merchandising rights for himself, a decision that would cost the studio billions. 20th Century Fox missed out on as much as $27bn after they let George Lucas keep the merchandising and licensing rights to Star Wars instead of giving him a $350,000 salary raise, as they thought the film would be a flop. Star Wars quickly became the highest-grossing film of all-time, displaced five years later by Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. After the success of American Graffiti and prior to the beginning of filming onRead More →

In 1120 AD, the crew and passengers of a ship carrying the heir to the throne of England had a big party before setting off to cross the English Channel from France. By the time they finally set sail, it was night and everyone, crew included, was drunk. The ship hit a rock and sank, drowning the heir. The resulting struggle for power after the king died without a male heir produced a civil war that lasted almost 20 years.Read More →

A lot of parents say they want their baby names to be unique. They think it’s fun and differentiates their child from everyone else, and gives them a Children with unusual  names tend to get a lot of abuse at school but then embrace it when they’re older Bjork Eidsdottir had no idea when, in naming her newborn girl Blaer , she was breaking the law. In the eyes of the authorities Blaer, which means “light breeze”, was a male name and therefore not approved. It meant that for her entire childhood, Blaer was known simply as “Girl” on official documents. Reykjavik District Court ruled Read More →