During the ’92 Rodney King riots in LA, Korean store owners, afraid the LAPD would not come to their aid, banded together on rooftops with assault weapons and saved Koreatown from looting.
In 1964, riots broke out in North Philadelphia over a false rumor that police beat a pregnant black woman to death. Over 200 businesses were looted or destroyed. Most of those businesses never returned, which lead to much of North Philadelphia turning into the crime-ridden slum we see today.
Japan has a lifetime employment system where large companies hire regular employees right out of school and keep them until retirement and new employees are chosen for their general potential, not because of any special skills or training.
When the CEO of the Sesame Street Workshop was asked if Bert and Ernie are gay, he replied, “They are not gay, they are not straight, they are puppets. They don’t exist below the waist.”
Khutulun, a Mongolian Princess, insisted that any man who wished to marry her must defeat her in wrestling, forfeiting horses to her if they lost. She gained 10,000 horses defeating prospective suitors.
In 1906, Mary Astor planned the release of 10,000 imported Brazilian butterflies at her Debutante ball housed in nets lining the ceiling. They didn’t take into account the heat of the lights, and her party ended with 10,000 dead insects showering her party guests.
There is a 30 meters wide rock standing out in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean which was walked on by less than 20 people – almost as few as the moon.
When a man came to a clinic with a chronic infection in his left ear, doctors tried everything to help him from antibiotics to ear drops, but nothing worked. Out of desperation, he decided to take earwax from his good ear and place it in his bad one. After two days his infection was cured.
A man bought a house for $10k, and found an Action Comics #1 with the first appearance of Superman stuffed inside a wall. Showing it to an in-law, she tried to take it, tearing the cover. The comic sold for $175,000 at auction, but they estimated the tear reduced the value by $75k.
Baboons were employed as goatherds by the Namaqua people in the 1800s right through till the 1960s. They would protect the herd and lead them back at dusk, often whilst riding one of the larger goats like a horse.
Due to the fact that radio broadcasts robust enough to reach deep space was first used in the 1940’s, it is very likely that the first message potential aliens would hear from us would be made by Hitler.
There was a now extinct species of crocodile that could gallop.
The sun’s core is so hot that a piece of it the size of a pinhead would give off enough heat to kill a person 100 miles away.
The British army tested LSD on its Marines in 1964… and filmed it.