Sailors used to measure the proof of their rum by mixing it with gunpowder and igniting it. Only the rum that exploded had a good alcohol concentration.
The biggest squid ever caught weighed an estimated 990 pounds and about 39 feet long. If calamari rings were made from the squid they would be the size of tractor tires.
Richard Johnson, the 9th Vice-President of the USA, literally owned his wife. Slave Julia Chinn was 1/8ths African and was inherited by Johnson after his father’s death. Interracial marriage was illegal, so Johnson kept her as his “slave.”
Research shows that students who write out their notes on paper actually learn more than those taking notes by typing.
Volkswagen was sued by Czechoslovakian car maker Tatra before WWII because the original Beetle was so similar to the Tatra T97. After Germany invaded Czechoslovakia in 1938 the lawsuit was cancelled by the Nazis.
Tom Cruise once witnessed a unknown pedestrian get hit by a car that fled the scene, summoned an ambulance, followed it, and paid the victim’s $7K emergency room bill once he discovered she was uninsured.
The secret blend of 11 herbs and spices that made KFC famous is sold by Marion-Kay Spices under the name “99-X”.
The city of Cincinnati has a subway system that was built and never used.