Korla Pandit, a prolific 1940’s musician from India and one of TV’s first musical stars, was actually an African American man from Missouri. His secret lasted until his death.
The cargo hold of the largest plane in service, the Antonov An-225 Mriya, is longer than the first flight taken by the Wright brothers.
Farmers in Botswana have started painting eyes on their cows bottoms to stop lions from attacking them.
When you get a sunburn, it’s not your skin cells being damaged by the sun and dying, it’s your skin cells’ DNA being damaged by the sun and them killing themselves so they don’t turn into cancer.
A Portuguese soldier who ran out of bullets during the siege of Diu extracted his own teeth and armed his weapon with it, firing against the enemy that was considering he was out of ammunition.
A pilot named William Overstreet flew his P-51 between the legs of the Eiffel Tower in pursuit of a German fighter, shooting down the plane and raising morale of French resistance fighters.
In 1974 a 20 year old man kidnapped himself in an attempt to get $5000 from his parents. He was found a couple hours later in a camper van behind his house.
Canadians attempted to build a ship out of pykrete (a mixture of wood pulp and ice) during WWII. The wreck of this prototype is still at the bottom of Patricia Lake in Jasper.
Spacesuits take 5,000 hours to make and cost around $1 million.
Operation Tracer was a top-secret WWII mission in which six men were to be buried alive inside the Rock of Gibraltar so they could monitor enemy movements after the Rock’s capture. There was no way out and anyone who died within the chamber would have to be embalmed and cemented into the floor. The men understood that they would remain sealed within the facility for about a year, although it could be much longer. Provisions for a seven-year stay had been assembled in the complex. The entirety of the main chamber had been plastered and its floor covered in cork tiles, both methods to reduce sound transmission. The entrance passage had loose soil, to facilitate burials if needed.