Witold Pilecki, a Polish Army officer, volunteered to get imprisoned in Auschwitz to gather intelligence and escape.
After fighting in the winter war against the USSR, Lauri Törni, a Finnish soldier, joined the SS and kept fighting until the end WW2. After WW2, he migrated to the US and joined the US Army, and died in combat in Vietnam in 1965 by which time he had earned high ranking U.S. awards.
North Korea had a show called “Let’s trim our hair in accordance with the socialist lifestyle”.
In 1899 taxi driver Jacob German was arrested for driving 12mph, 4 mph over the legal limit. He was pulled over by a police officer on a bicycle.
A woman cut the tattoo of her boyfriend’s name off of her forearm with a scalpel and mailed him the skin after she found out he had cheated on her and lied about moving out of the country to avoid the breakup.
In 2015, Facebook canceled Harvard student’s internship after he highlighted a massive privacy issue.
In 1987, an Alaska Airlines 737 collided with a fish in midair. Today, the company flies a plane affectionately named the Salmon-Thirty-Salmon. The fish was dropped by an eagle, which the airport manager attributed to “the law of the jungle” and “as the larger bird approached, the smaller bird dropped its prey.”
A man tried to pay $137 traffic ticket with 137 dollar bills folded into origami pigs, delivered in two Dunkin Donuts boxes.
37% of public school teachers use personal money to buy food more than once a month for their hungry students. They spend an average of $35/month. With 3.1M teachers in the US, teachers are spending about $400M/year of their personal money to feed hungry students.
Camp Century, a top-secret US military base, was built under the ice sheets of Greenland in 1960 to house missiles. Built under the cover of climate research, it housed 200 people and was powered by the world’s first portable nuclear reactor. Denmark didn’t uncover the base’s existence until 1995.