In the Chinese city of Chongqing, phone addicts get their own sidewalk lane…

In the Chinese city of Chongqing, phone addicts get their own sidewalk lane. The sidewalk was most likely painted on for everyone’s safety, because, hey, if there’s distracted driving, there’s also distracted walking, as perfectly demonstrated by the woman in this video.

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Upon his death, tv star Jack Benny’s widow, Mary, received a red rose…

Upon his death, TV star Jack Benny’s widow, Mary, received a red rose. After several days, with another rose delivered each day, Mary called to find out who was sending them. The florist told her that Benny made arrangements for a rose to be sent to her every day for the rest of her life.

Christopher Lee received Tolkien’s blessing to play the role…

Christopher-LeeChristopher Lee received Tolkien’s blessing to play the role of Gandalf, if a movie was ever released, but he played Saruman instead. He was also the only person involved with the Lord of the Rings films to have actually met Tolkien himself.

Traditional naming customs of Iceland differ in that they follow no family…

Traditional naming customs of Iceland differ in that they follow no family lineage. Men are named after their father. I.e. If Jon has a son named Olaf, his name is Olaf Jonsson. If Olaf then has a son named Magnus, his name is Magnus Olafsson. It is not uncommon to go back and forth between two names. E.g. Olaf Jonsson might name his son Jon Olafsson, who would name his son Olaf. Women are similar with the suffix ‘dottir’.

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