In Japan there is an underwater mailbox. Up to 1500 letters are dropped here by divers each year.
In 1981, a Turkish man shot Pope John Paul II four times but didn’t kill him. After the Pope recovered, he visited the assassin in prison forgave him. The assassin was pardoned at the Pope’s request and 33 years after his crime, he visited Vatican City and laid flowers on the Pope’s tomb.
In the 17th century, the Roman Catholic Church ruled that beavers were fish and could be eaten on Fridays.
Canada was so nice to their POW’s during World War 2 that almost 20% of them requested to stay after the war.
Children from some ethnic groups of southeast Asia (called Sea Gypsies) are capable of seeing clearly underwater and this skill wears off as they grow up. Some suggest that with practice any young person could achieve underwater vision.
A flight attendant quit his job by telling an unruly passenger “Fuck you”, grabbing beer from the beverage cart, deploying the emergency escape chute and sliding away off into the sunset.
90% of all scientists who have ever lived are alive today.
Reindeer aren’t native to Alaska. Sheldon Jackson purchased them from Siberia to help with the food shortages in the late 1800s. He brought in 16 and by the late 1930s there were 640,000.
Bobbi Gibb is the first woman to have run the entire Boston Marathon in 1966. At the time when women were banned from entering because of their gender,she entered the marathon wearing her brother’s Bermuda shorts and a hooded sweatshirt and finished the race unofficially.
20 ft long crocodiles used to have long legs, allowing them to emerge from water gallop at other animals at full speed.