Two con men sold a fake painting for €1.5 million, only to find out that all the money was counterfeit.
In the month before the ancient Olympics no wars were permitted so that spectators could travel from across Greece unharmed.
As a revolutionary, Josef Stalin was arrested and exiled to Siberia 6 times. He escaped the first 5. So for his 6th, he was sent to a hamlet just south of the Arctic Circle where he lived as a hunter gatherer alongside an arctic tribe for 2 years.
The Cleveland Indians once had a $0.10 Beer Night. Cleveland had to forfeit the game when their drunk fans started a riot during the 9th inning. Players had to attack fans with baseball bats to protect themselves.
Cheating and creating cheats for online games is officially a crime in South Korea.
In China, cigarette companies are allowed to sponsor schools, with slogans like “Genius comes from hard work. Tobacco helps you become talented.”
During a 1978 Monday Night Football game, to fill dead air, Howard Cosell commented on a delicious new snack he was eating, thus stadium nachos went mainstream.
An Omaha man has filed a lawsuit against the University of Nebraska over its longstanding tradition of releasing balloons into the air after its football team scores a touchdown, alleging the practice violates environmental laws.
In 2010, the Republic of Fiji lost its declaration of independence, and so had to ask Britain for a photocopy.
The Three Stooges, during their 23 years with Colombia Pictures, were chronically underpaid and never received a pay increase, because the head of the studio convinced them that they were unpopular with audiences.