There are no small-scale savings when it comes to airlines: in 1987, American Airlines is reputed to have implemented a cost-cutting measure of eliminating one olive from each salad served in first class. This ingenious move resulted in savings of 40 000 dollars. Northwest Airlines scored big in 2005 when they withdrew the packs of Pretzels offered to passengers, adding 2 million dollars annually to the company’s coffers.
Rafael Nadal, one of the greatest tennis players of all times serves with his left hand. Yet off the court, he reverts to being right-handed. As a youngster, he played tennis equally well with both hands. As his strength increased in his left hand, he made the decision to always play in this manner.
Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, was a victim of visual hallucinations due to severe migraines with aura (a relatively new name for the less common type of migraine headache. Aura refers to feelings and symptoms you notice shortly before the headache begins. These early symptoms are also called a prodrome). This had significant influence on his writings, and in particular the story of Alice, who suffers from several kinds of physical metamorphoses
In one of ''The Simpsons'' TV episodes, Marge and Maggie are checking out groceries at the supermarket. Maggie, who is sitting on the conveyor belt, is accidentally scanned along with the groceries as Marge reads her magazine, Mom Monthly. Maggie is scanned at $847.63 (which represented the monthly cost of raising a child at in the United States) and is dropped into Marge's shopping bag.
The finger of honor in England is indicated by two fingers (when displayed with the palm inward). This practice dates back to the Hundred Years' War: the French would typically cut off the fingers (those necessary for archery) of their English captives. The English in turn would show the two fingers to provoke the French enemy.