There have been more deaths in Chicago from gang violence than troops killed in Afganistan since 2001.
The welfare state was originally a right-wing invention by arch-conservative Otto von Bismarck. Bismarck hated socialism, but he wasn’t an ideologue. He figured out that if you don’t provide a minimum safety net to workers, they will be persuaded by the socialists.
Arctic explorer Peter Freuchen formed a chisel out of his own frozen feces to free himself from an avalanche. He then amputated his own frozen toes with a hammer… without anesthesia.
A loyal dog once stopped his owner from committing suicide by knocking the gun out of the owner’s hand.
Michigan has a second-tier DUI law, known as the ‘Super Drunk Law’, for BACs over 0.17.
In 2008 a man struck a deal with prosecutors agreeing to plead guilty to murder in exchange for a bucket of KFC & some Popeyes chicken.
Between 2004-2006, more than 500 Indian workers were lured into working for shipyards in America with the promise of American citizenship. The company sent them into a labor camp, held their passports, extorted them with lies about various fees, and threatened them with legal and physical harm.
A child growing up in the U.S. is more likely to have a pet than a live-at-home father.
Mastering just 3,000 words in English will make you able to understand around 95% of common texts.
“Wet houses”–permanent supportive housing where formerly homeless, chronic alcoholics are allowed to drink and live–saved Seattle over $4 million in the first year and continually saves lives.
In 2002, 30 British Marines accidentally invaded Spain.
Sweden pays high school students $187 per month to attend school.
More Americans live in Mexico City than Wyoming.
The word Saudade, a Portuguese word with no English translation, means the empty sadness and longing for that which may never return that accompanies nostalgia.
The original surveyors of Mount Everest lied and added 2 feet to its height to make it 29,002 feet, because they didn’t think people would believe them if they said it was really 29,000 feet high.