Three teenagers from Tokelaou who on a drunken dare, stole a boat and got lost adrift on the Pacific Ocean to be found after 51 days. They had barely any food or water, no clothing, no fishing gear, no life vests, and no first-aid kit.
A “London Fog” was yellow smog so thick you couldn’t see the ground. These “pea soupers” often carried toxic chemicals and one in 1952 killed 4,000 people in five days. Due to the Clean Air Act the last London Fog was in 1962.
Onions are the only crop to be completely banned from trading futures in. In the 1950’s a man named Vincent Kosuga acquired so much power that at one point he controlled 98% of onions in America. Farmers and buyers were so angry that Eisenhower banned the entire market.
Every receipt at every store in Taiwan is a ticket for a government lottery with top prizes worth over 300,000 USD. It was introduced in 1951 to combat sales tax dodging by businesses.
In 1985 Disney released Return to OZ a sequel to The Wizard of OZ. While being more true to the original novels,it was considered not friendly for children in the beginning of the movie Dorothy is receiving electroshock therapy, one reviewer said “It’s bleak, creepy, and occasionally terrifying”.
In ’03, Mitsubishi offered a “0-0-0” deal in the US which offered a new car for 0 down, 0% interest and 0 payments for a year. Many buyers defaulted after the year leaving Mitsubishi with used vehicles for which they’d received no money and which were now worth less than they cost to manufacture.
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.