There is a microorganism, globally spread but especially in warm fresh water in the American Southeast, which swims up your nose and attacks your brain and spinal fluid. You present, at first, with cold symptoms. From that point you have about a week to correctly diagnose it (which requires a spinal tap) before you paralyze and die. Oh, and there’s no FDA-approved treatment. Mortality is approximately 95%. You’re not safe just by avoiding water, either. A case in Africa involved transmission by breathing contaminated dust.
The Beatles trip to India ended badly because the Maharishi wanted the band to deposit up to 25% of their next album’s profits in his Swiss bank account as a tithe, to which Lennon replied, “Over my dead body”.
When US imposed sanctions against Russia’s space program the Russian Deputy Prime Minister tweeted “After reviewing the sanctions against our space industry, I suggest that the United States deliver their astronauts to the ISS using a trampoline.”
In 2009, Russian Cosmonauts on the International Space Station were banned by their officials from using the ‘luxurious’ U.S. model astro-loo toilet, and were only allowed to use the Russian-built toilet.
Katy Perry originally started out as a Christian rock/gospel singer, with her first album entitled Katy Hudson (her real name) being a Christian record. Seven years later, she revamped herself as Katy Perry and with edgier songs like “I Kissed a Girl”.
Wes Craven came up with the idea of Nightmare on Elm St after reading of some Cambodian refugees haunted by nightmares of the Khmer Rouge who refused to sleep. When they finally gave in to sleep, they died even though there was nothing physically wrong
One French-Canadian soldier liberated the entire Dutch town of Zwolle during the course of an action-packed night in 1944, burning down Gestapo HQ and taking more than 100 German soldiers prisoner
Two weeks after Hurricane Katrina, a task force rescued around 1400 frozen embryos stranded in a hospital without power. The embryos were considered to be people under Louisiana law.
In 2013, the government of Iceland asked several FBI agents to leave after they lied to the local government and told them they were investigating terrorist hackers. It turned out they were investigating Wikileaks.