Tag: businesses behaving badly

  • Ren Faire (HBO)

    Ren Faire (HBO)

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for Ren Faire: It’s like Succession but nerdy. Quick synopsis: The story of a succession battle for the control of the Texas Renaissance Festival. Fact for Non-History People: The Texas Renaissance Festival draws about 500,000 people per year. Fact for History Nerds: The festival itself takes up over 55 acres. My Take…

  • When Women Ran Fifth Avenue by Julie Satow

    When Women Ran Fifth Avenue by Julie Satow

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for When Women Ran Fifth Avenue: Turns out women know how to sell to other women. Who knew?! Quick synopsis: The story of the women who ran department stores in the mid-1900s. Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: Department stores used to have nurseries so the kids wouldn’t ruin a great shopping…

  • Ashley Madison: Sex, Lies & Scandal (Netflix)

    Ashley Madison: Sex, Lies & Scandal (Netflix)

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for Ashley Madison: Turns out you can’t trust cheaters. Who knew? Quick synopsis: The story of the cheating dating platform, Ashley Madison, and its downfall. Fact for Non-History People: Ashley Madison got their name by combining the two most popular girls’ names at the time. Fact for History Nerds: In 2015, Ashley…

  • Big Vape: The Rise and Fall of Juul (Netflix)

    Big Vape: The Rise and Fall of Juul (Netflix)

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for Big Vape: If you beat them, you can still join them. Quick synopsis: The story of the e-cigarette, Juul. Fact for Non-History People: Juul was valued at $38 billion at its height. Fact for History Nerds: By July 2022, Juul was valued at $450 million. My Take on Big Vape: I…

  • Disneyland on the Mountain by Greg Glasgow and Kathryn Mayer

    Disneyland on the Mountain by Greg Glasgow and Kathryn Mayer

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for Disneyland on the Mountain: Is there any place the mouse won’t set up shop? Quick synopsis: The story of Walt Disney’s attempt to build a ski resort. Fact for Non-History People: Bambi lost money at the box office. Fact for History Nerds: Walt Disney was so strapped for cash in 1938…

  • Hey, Hun by Emily Lynn Paulson

    Hey, Hun by Emily Lynn Paulson

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for Hey, Hun: Get in line to lose your money! Quick synopsis: The story of Emily Lynn Paulson’s journey through the world of MLMs. Fun Fact for Non-History People: Between 96 and 99.7% of people who buy into MLMs lose money. Fact for History Nerds: Studies have found about 90% of new…

  • Retail Gangster by Gary Weiss

    Retail Gangster by Gary Weiss

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for Retail Gangster: Yeah, the title is already awesome. I got nothing. Quick synopsis: The story of “Crazy Eddie” Antar, an electronic store czar who was just a huge crook. Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: Craze Eddie actually created a med school. Yes, really. It was the University of St. Lucia…

  • The Most Hated Man on the Internet (Netflix)

    The Most Hated Man on the Internet (Netflix)

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for The Most Hated Man on the Internet: Yeah, I’d hate him, too. Quick synopsis: The story of Hunter Moore, who ran a revenge porn site. Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: Hunter Moore called himself a “professional life ruiner.” Edgy, bro. Fun Fact for History Nerds: Hunter got away with posting…

  • The Great Stewardess Rebellion by Nell McShane Wulfhart

    The Great Stewardess Rebellion by Nell McShane Wulfhart

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for The Great Stewardess Rebellion: It’s truly amazing more men weren’t stabbed on planes. Quick synopsis: A look at the trials and tribulations of stewardesses in the 1960s and 70s. Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: In 1971, Oprah won Ms. Black Tennessee. Fun Fact for History Nerds: Stewardesses were required to…