A Disneyland’s Winnie the Pooh suit had hit a girl in the face. 108 billion people have lived on the Earth. Tarantino and a leaked script [r/TodayiLearned, Episode #14]

#1

TIL that in 1981, Disneyland was sued by the family of a nine-year-old girl, claiming that a performer in a Winnie the Pooh suit had hit her in the face, causing brain damage. The performer defended himself in court by wearing the costume and demonstrating that he was unable to hit anyone.

In another civil case, in 1976 a woman filed a lawsuit against Disneyland and sought $150,000 in damages for assault and battery, false imprisonment, and humiliation, asserting that a park employee wearing a pig costume had run up to her near the “It’s a Small World” attraction, grabbed her, and fondled her breasts while squealing “Mommy! Mommy!” — an experience that had supposedly left her so upset that she gained 50 pounds. That complaint never saw the inside of a courtroom, as the plaintiff dropped her case after Disney’s showed her a photo of the pig costume which revealed that the outfit had no operable arms, only stubs.

In 2004, a Disney cast member was actually prosecuted on criminal charges. Michael C. Chartrand, a Walt Disney World employee who worked inside a Tigger costume, was the subject of a police investigation after a 13-year-old girl complained that he had fondled her breast while she posed for a photo with him and her mother in WDW’s Magic Kingdom park on 21 February 2004. (The girl’s mother maintained that she had been similarly fondled, but her allegation was not an element of the criminal case.) Mr. Chartrand was arrested in April 2004 and charged with lewd and lascivious molestation of a child and simple battery; by the following week, 24 more complaints about him had been lodged with authorities. (All of the other complainants either lacked sufficient evidence to press charges or were unwilling to do so, however.)

Mr. Chartrand declined a plea bargain and took his case to trial, and in August 2004 a jury deliberated for less than an hour before returning a verdict of “not guilty” on the charge of lewd and lascivious molestation. As part of his closing argument, Mr. Chartrand’s attorney, Jeffrey Kaufman (who himself worked for Disney as a costumed character), donned the Tigger costume to demonstrate to jurors the difficulty of maneuvering and seeing while inside in the outfit.

#2

TIL after the original script for ‘The Hateful Eight’ was leaked in a hack and distributed online, Tarantino vowed to never make another film. However, the cast, namely Samuel L. Jackson, was so impressed by the script during a live reading, that Tarantino was convinced to go ahead and make it.

Many have probably forgotten that Tarantino vowed to never make the movie after his script was leaked online and further distributed by Gawker. Tarantino’s first official announcement of dropping his lawsuit and deciding to go ahead and make the movie was at a staged live-read at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. At said event, most of the cast was present, reading the lines for whom Tarantino originally wrote many of the parts for (including Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, James Parks, Dana Gourrier, Zoe Bell and Bruce Dern). Once the full cast for stage read was announced the declaration of “we’re back on!” seemed like a splashy foregone conclusion.

#3

TIL that over 108 billion people have lived on the Earth and today’s population of 7.5 billion represents 7% of humans that have ever lived.

It’s easy to think that our lifetime and the world around us is unique and definitive. But thinking about how many people have ever lived on this planet can add some perspective to our instinctive self-centeredness. And it’s not only a matter of how many people lived before we appeared, but how many have died.

So what’s the answer? According to estimates by demographic researchers at the Population Reference Bureau (PRB), as of 2015, there have been 108.2 billion who have ever been born. Taking away the roughly 7.4 billion who are alive today, we get 100.8 billion who have died before us.

There are almost 14x more people dead than alive! That would make for one massive army of zombies, ghosts and White Walkers. Or, if you prefer to be more optimistic, you can think that the living is about 6.8% percent of everyone who’d ever lived. For the sake of simplicity (and to take into account the people born in the past year), let’s round up the percentage to 7. We are the 7%. Let’s make the most of it!

#4

TIL that a LEGO Star Wars Death Star built to the scale of a classic Minifigure would be 3.52 km in diameter, or 1066 stories high.

Based on the average cost of a lego piece, someone also estimates a model of this size would cost almost 10 trillion dollars. Not exactly something you’d be placing underneath the Christmas tree for your 9-year-old nephew…

#5

TIL Bobby Fischer, one of the greatest chess players of all time has issued a warrant for his arrest by the United States for playing a chess match which would ultimately be his final competitive match.

Mr. Fischer has been granted Icelandic citizenship, avoiding deportation to his native United States.

He is wanted in the US for breaking international sanctions by playing a match in Yugoslavia in 1992.

The chess legend was detained trying to leave Japan using a revoked US passport.

Mr. Fischer has been granted Icelandic citizenship, avoiding deportation to his native United States.

The former champion has many supporters in Iceland, after playing a world championship match there in 1972 at the height of the Cold War, beating the Soviet Union’s Boris Spassky.

Japan’s justice ministry decided to let Mr. Fischer travel to Iceland after being shown documents proving he had been granted Icelandic citizenship, Japanese reports said.

#6

TIL President Theodore Roosevelt, an avowed environmentalist, banned Christmas trees from the White House during his presidency.

The president was against real Christmas trees because he feared that Christmas trees would lead to deforestation. Mind you, at the time Christmas trees were very controversial with environmentalists. President William McKinley even reportedly received a letter in 1899 saying Christmas trees were “arboreal infanticide” and “un-American.”

Roosevelt’s action was intended to inspire Americans to just say no to Christmas trees. Clearly, his bully pulpit didn’t have the effect he wanted, even on his own children.

Just a few years later, President Calvin Coolidge hosted the first public Christmas tree lighting at the White House.

And here’s a somewhat ironic note. Teddy’s cousin, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, helped to popularize the concept of growing Christmas trees by growing Christmas trees on his New York estate.