The musicians of the Titanic were legally considered independent contractors rather than crew, so their families received no survivor benefits.
For $700, many girls in China pay for a surgery to restore their hymen before their wedding night to fake virginity so that husbands can see blood on the sheets during the honeymoon night.
Since 1991 the percentage of Russia’s population that does not identify with any religion has dropped from 61% to 18%.
Some vegans choose not to eat honey because they consider beekeeping to be slavery.
In 2003, the U.S. military planned to attach caged chickens to the top of their Hum-Vees as they entered Iraq, to act as an early warning system to any dangerous chemicals or nerve agents. The operation was dubbed Operation Kuwaiti Field chicken (KFC).
The Soviet Union allowed theaters to play The Grapes of Wrath movie because of its depiction of the plight of the poor under capitalism, but it was later withdrawn because Russian audiences were amazed that even the poorest Americans could afford a car.
After betraying their mission and informing the FBI about Nazi agents on U.S. soil, the two men who saved America from Nazi infiltration were greeted with life imprisonment, threat of execution, and deportation.
In 1884, following a shipwreck, four men were in a flimsy 13-foot lifeboat for 20 days when they decided to kill the comatose cabin boy so they might survive on his flesh. When they returned home to England, they were tried, convicted of murder and sentenced to death.
A tribe of Asian pygmies called the Taron are purposely letting themselves go extinct. They are a pure and isolated race, but inbreeding has caused deformities and mental issues that have prompted their decision to die out and have consequently dwindled down to 12.
In 1969, the U.S. under Nixon went into nuclear readiness alert and flew nuclear armed fighter jets along Soviet airspace for three days. This was part of Nixon’s Madman Theory, in which he tried to give off the image that he was unstable to make sure the Soviets would never provoke the U.S.
People literally grow trees and roots into bridges, chairs, “people trees”, ladders, fences, jungle gyms, tunnels, etc… It’s known as “Tree Shaping.” Theoretically, it can even be used to grow homes.
Colorado switched mile marker “420″ to “419.99″ in order to stop people from stealing it. The number 420 is often used as a reference to smoking marijuana.
34 years ago, Carl Sagan stated that the total energy picked up by all the radio telescopes on the entire planet in all of history is less than the energy of “a single snowflake hitting the ground”. The count is now around 2 snowflakes.