Gambling is extremely wide-spread in Finland with slot machines in almost every store… however, it’s monopolized and all profits go to charities (including the treatment of gambling addiction).
A&W introduced a burger that was bigger and less expensive than McDonald’s Quarter Pounder, but it failed because customers assumed 1/3 was less than 1/4.
Snoop Dogg once tried to rent the entire country of Liechtenstein for a video shoot, and the main reason they said no is because he didn’t give them enough notice.
After learning of his parents tragic death due to carbon monoxide poisoning, Weird Al went on to perform and gave the reason that “since my music had helped many of my fans through tough times, maybe it would work for me as well”
A retired teacher who had been struggling for breath for months was amazed when doctors told him there was a pea plant growing in his lung.
An adopted man in Michigan searched for his birth mother for 4 years before finding out that she worked at the same Lowe’s store that he worked at. Neither of them knew.
Ted Kennedy drove a car into the water, then fled the scene as his passenger died. He only received a two-month suspended jail sentence.
The Stasi (East German Secret Police) used a psychological technique called Zersetzung, which involved things like breaking into a targets house and rearranging things, calling in the middle of the night, and sending dildos.
The voice actor of Boo in Monsters, Inc. was so young, it was difficult to get her to stand in the recording studio. The solution: they followed her around with a microphone.
In the early 1900s French gangsters used a weapon called an Apache Revolver that functioned as a revolver, a knife, and brass knuckles.
In 1922, people rioted over whether it was okay or not to wear a straw hat past the “socially acceptable” date of September 15, in New York. The riot lasted 8 days and led to multiple arrests. Gangs of teenagers prowled the streets wielding large sticks, sometimes with a nail driven through the top, looking for pedestrians wearing straw hats and beating those who resisted.
When doctors go on strike, the death rate stays level or drops.
Most mermaid “sightings” were most likely manatees, dugongs, or Steller’s sea cows. In fact, Christopher Columbus spotted 3 manatees near the Dominican Republic and would later write that mermaids are “not half as beautiful as they are painted.”
Animal Planet aired a fake documentary about the existence of mermaids that convinced thousand of viewers. Twice.