The world’s oldest beer advertisement was on a Mesopotamian Stone Tablet dated approximately 4000 BC. It read “Drink Elba, the beer with the heart of a lion” and was accompanied by a “large breasted woman holding goblets of beer in each hand”.
In 2010, Israel’s weekly state lottery drew exactly the same 6 numbers as the draw 3 weeks earlier – an event statisticians said was a one in four trillion chance.
Adolf Hitler was nicknamed “Teppichfresser”, or “Carpet-Eater”, behind his back by party leaders. He would have nervous breakdowns over Czechslovakia, and hurl himself onto the ground to start chewing on his carpet.
Most of the Italian olive oil sold is not actually Italian. Italy is the biggest olive oil importer and exporter. They buy olive oil mostly from Spain rebrand it and sell it as Italian.
In 1915, a man named Charles Hatfield convinced the town of San Diego that he could create rainfall using a secret mix of chemicals. The city offered to pay him $10,000 if he could end their drought, and the result, a few days later, was the town’s worst flood of the 20th century.
Niihau, the seventh largest Hawaiian Island, is privately owned by two brothers who inherited it, their great great grandmother bought it from the Kingdom of Hawai’i for $10,000 in gold in 1864. Reportedly, the US government offered the brothers $1 Billion for the Island and they turned it down.
Jack Lucas joined the Marines at 13 to fight in WW2, survived a blast after jumping on two grenades to save his team, and later survived a free fall from an airplane after both of his parachutes failed.
Violets can be smelled for only a few moments at a time because they get their scent from ionine which shuts the smell receptors off after simulating them. After a few breaths the scent pops up again but the brain registers it as a new stimulus. So every time you smell a violet is a first time.
In Middle ages people walked in different fashion than we do now. So-called toe-heel walking used to be absolutely natural. In about 1500s, the way of walk changed as did the foot wear.