A Hiroshima policeman went to Nagasaki to teach other police officers to duck and cover in the days between the bombings. Not a single officer died in the Nagasaki blast.
Airlines all over the world are flying 10% slower than they did in 1960 to save on fuel costs.
The green falling code in The Matrix is just loads of sushi recipes.
In 2010, the city of Belleville, Illinois, banned trick-or-treating for kids over 12. Teens can face fines from $100 to $1,000 for going door-to-door.
Dorian Leigh, one of the first supermodels, was a mechanical engineer who designed airplane wings during WWII.
In 1986, 12 members of a Florida jury got stuck in the courthouse elevator for 20 minutes. The jurors were hearing a case against the Otis elevator company.
There are an estimated 550 wild parrots living in NYC that were accidentally released from a shipment at JFK airport in the late 60s.
Sea silk is a highly prized unique material made from Mediterranean clams. The only person who knows the ancient craft is an elderly Italian woman.
Pet dogs were banned in Reykjavík, Iceland for sixty years. Even today, owning a pet dog there requires special permits, hence cats are the pet of choice. The dog ban was issued in 1924, at a time when the population of Iceland was overwhelmingly rural and Reykjavík was still a small, but rapidly growing fishing town. Reykjavík was facing an acute housing shortage at the time, and as people lived in overcrowded apartments the city authorities reasoned that banning dogs would make the situation somewhat more bearable.
In medieval England, the Lord’s Prayer was often used as a measurement of time in medical and culinary books.