The American pilot who dropped the first atomic bomb died at aged 92 – with no regrets. He said he never lost a single nights sleep. Pilot Paul Tibbets dropped the bomb on Hiroshima that killed 78,000 people instantly but by the end of 1945 the death total had reached 140,000.
There’s a river in Trinidad that started glowing in the night for no reason at all.
Spain’s Paralympic basketball team were ordered to return their gold medals won in Sydney in 2000 after nearly all of their players were found to have no disability.
Heath Ledger asked Christian Bale to actually beat him for the interrogation scene in the Dark Knight.
It is safe to eat the stickers that are on fruit, and the glue used to put them on is actually food grade
The original word for “bear” (the animal) has been lost. Superstitious people in medieval times thought that saying the ferocious animal’s name would summon it, so they used a euphemism that meant “the brown one” (“bear”) … The original word was never recorded, so it remains a mystery.
A widow of a WWII veteran never learned the exact fate of her husband. After 68 years she found that he was not only buried in France. But that a town in France has been honoring him for the last 68 years.
According to a Japanese poll in the year 2000, the Japanese believe that their best invention of the twentieth century was instant noodles.
The term “hipster” originated in the 1940s, and was used to describe jazz aficionados, characterized by their “dress, slang, use of cannabis and other drugs, relaxed attitude, sarcastic humor, self-imposed poverty and relaxed sexual codes.”
Dr. Gay Hitler, son of George Washington Hitler, was a local dentist in Circleville, Ohio, and served the community from 1922 through 1946. Many roads in the area still contain the word ‘Hitler’ through this family.
The USA made a $1 Billion payment to Native Americans for the theft of 56 million acres of land. Attorney general, Eric Holder, said the settlement was fair and honorable.
A scientist from Utah used his obituary to confess that not only had he never graduated from college or got a Ph.D, but that he never even learned what Ph.D stood for.
During the 1st season of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Will Smith memorized the lines of EVERYONE in the cast. If you go back and watch closely, see him lip synching the lines of whomever was speaking in a scene.
John Gilpin, an amateur photographer, was testing his new camera lens at the airport and caught a 14 year old boy falling from the wheel well of Japan Air Lines DC-8. This is a case of a stowaway trying to fly around the world for free for a vacation. There were over 96 documented incidents since 1946 and only 24% have survived. Most die immediately after the landing gear goes up and crushes them or freeze to death or die of no oxygen. A kid recently survived somehow but was unconscious the entire time. They found him wandering the tarmac after the plane landed.
Norwegian Public Television station NRK is famous for airing utterly boring programming, such as a 12-hour live log-burning show and a 5-hour knitting special. The programming, known as “Slow TV”, reportedly achieves decent ratings.