In 2008, Italy spent $65,000,000 to bail out the Parmesan cheese industry.
Brazil will offer inmates in its crowded prison system a novel way to shorten their sentences – cutting four days for every book they read.
During WW2, an Italian doctor prevented Nazis from taking Jewish patients by claiming they suffered the fictitious ‘K Syndrome’. He saved 45 lives.
Housing a prisoner in California costs $75,560. That’s more than a year at Harvard.
Disney quietly cut ties with McDonald’s in 2006 so as not to be associated with childhood obesity.
In 2016, it was discovered that Beyonce’s “Empower Women” clothing line was made by women sweat shop laborers working on less than US$7 a day.
Prisoners in the female-only concentration camp Ravensbruck purposefully sewed socks with thin heels and toes so German soldier’s feet would get sore.
JRR Tolkien’s great granddaughter, Ruth Tolkien, is the only blind person in the UK to be a competitive fencer. She is currently ranked the 186th best fencer in the country.
In 1995, McDonald’s asked Greenpeace activists to stop criticizing their company publicly and instead do it only in private with their friends. Activists said they’d agree if McDonald’s stopped advertising its products and instead only recommended their restaurants privately to friends.
Colored toilet paper used to be really popular back in the 70’s, especially matching it to your bathroom decor. Doctors warnings and possible damage to the environment affected sales so badly companies stopped making it.