A woman from Louisville, Kentucky left $300,000 to actor Charles Bronson. She never met him; she was only a fan.
Elvis Presley’s manager sold “I hate Elvis” buttons to help make money off people who weren’t buying his merchandise.
JK Rowling invented Quidditch in a pub.
Mr. Rogers told viewers when he was feeding his fish because a young blind girl wrote in asking him to announce it so she would know the fish were alright.
Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein when she 18, during a ghost story competition while staying in Switzerland with writers Percy Shelley (her lover) and Lord Byron.
Cartoonist Mort Walker, creator of Beetle Bailey, came up with names for the things we often see in comics and cartoons: “briffit” is the dust cloud a character makes when he runs away quickly; “plewds” are the beads of sweat when a character is under duress; and “grawlix” are symbols such as “#@*%” that stand in for curse words.
Fredric Baur invented the Pringles can. When he passed away in 2008, his ashes were buried in one.
Steve Irwin has a snail named after him.
A fake machine called the Mechanical Turk defeated both Napoleon and Ben Franklin at chess.
Famous French painter Claude Monet was only rich because he won the lottery.