There’s a town in Norway (Rjukan) that’s in shadow for three full months of the year. As a result, townspeople have built giant mirrors on the mountainside to reflect natural light on their homes.
The German grocery store Aldi is actually two stores: Aldi Nord and Aldi Sud. In the US, Aldi Sud has been rebranded as Aldi, and Aldi Nord is what we now know as Trader Joe’s.
Thomas Edison would give potential employees a bowl of soup during the interview, if they salted or peppered the soup before tasting it they wouldn’t get the job. This was to test whether the employees had analytical minds and didn’t make assumptions.
The Windows XP wallpaper titled Bliss was bought from a photographer which is the second-largest payment ever made to a photographer for a single image, however he signed a confidentiality agreement and cannot disclose the exact amount.
The broccoli in the movie ‘Inside Out’ was changed to bell peppers in the Japan version because they are more universally hated by Japanese children.
Left unchecked, an unspayed rabbit and her intact female descendants can produce more than 1300 offspring in a year. Over the course of five years this number balloons exponentially to more than 94 million.
A Czech brewery uses crayfish to ensure the purity of its water supply. The crayfish are fitted with tiny sensors which monitor heart rate and movement to detect when the animals react to impurities in the water.
Drivers in NYC spend an average of 107 hours per year searching for parking at a cost of $2,243/driver in wasted time, fuel and emissions.
A man from Spain skipped work for 6 years whilst still being payed before anyone noticed.
Gladiators in Ancient Rome used to carry product placements out in the arena; This was present in an early script for Gladiator (2000), but was removed out of fears that it would be viewed as anachronistic.