TIL in the early days of film and television filmmakers thought nothing about painting a white stuntman with black makeup to double for a black actor. Until Bill Cosby refused to let a white man with black face double for him. His actions paved way for the Black Stuntmen's Association.
TIL that the creator of "Jaws" dedicated the last decade of his life to preserving sharks after witnessing horrific abuse (and to make up for the anti-shark hysteria the movie caused)
TIL in 1985 the Pittsburgh Pirates’ mascot acted as a middleman between cocaine dealers and the Pirates’ players. He delivered the coke to the stadium and completed the deals with players there. He also frequently was high while dressed as The Pittsburgh parrot during the game.