In much of the US it is illegal to buy a new car from the manufacturer. You are required by law to go through the middleman of a car dealer, so they can tac on an extra ~30℅.
During the Austro-Prussian War, Liechtenstein had an army of 80 men. During the conflict no men were injured or killed and they returned home with 81 men because they’d made an Italian friend along the way. The army was then disbanded and Liechtenstein hasn’t had a military since.
At the Starbucks located inside of the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Virginia, customer names cannot be called out or written on cups due to security concerns.
Hitler’s deputy Rudolph Hess spent the last 20 years of his life as the sole prisoner in a jail designed to hold 600 inmates. After Hess finally died in 1987 at a very old age, the British Military authorities had the prison torn down so it would not become any type of shrine to Fascism. On the same site a shopping centre was built.
In 2004, to study the declining insect population, almost 40,000 UK drivers affixed a “splatometer” to the front of their cars. The results found one squashed insect per 5 miles driven, contrasting with summers of 30 years ago when windshields would quickly become encrusted with tiny bodies.
There is an underground town in the Australian outback called Coober Pedy. Half of its population live below ground to escape the area’s hellish temperatures.
The largest brick building in the Americas is located on an uninhabited island 68 miles west of Key West.
Right before WW2, the US created the “Logan Bar,” a chocolate bar that deliberately tasted “a little better than a boiled potato” as an emergency ration to prevent soldiers from snacking on it outside of emergency situations.
The 1904 Olympic Marathon included a runner who was poisoned by his trainers, a runner who was chased a mile off-course by dogs and a runner who ate rotten apples, had to lie down for a bit and still finished fourth.
Forced rhubarb, grown by candlelight in otherwise pitch-black sheds, grows so quickly you can actually hear it make sound – popping, cracking and snapping.