There were at least seven types of alcoholic beverages in the Americas before European contact. One of them is made from pineapple, and another is made from the honey of a domesticated stingless bee.
A small town in West Virginia asked the Soviet Union and East Germany for help with replacing a bridge after being ignored by the West Virginian goverment. The Soviets sent a journalist to investigate and within one hour the state finally agreed to pay for it.
“Breaker boys” between age 8-12 were employed to work 10 hours a day, 6 days a week to separate impurities from coal. Despite public disapproval, the practice of employing children in this line of work lasted for decades, only finally ending in the US in the 1920s.
A company offered to mail your enemies glitter, but was so overwhelmed by success, it closed down.
In Canada it is illegal to pretend to practice witchcraft. However, completely legal to practice witchcraft.
Scientists have unexpectedly found that the bacterium Colwellia psychrerythraea, an extremophile, can survive at -196 Celsius degrees, the temperature of liquid nitrogen. They’re not sure how this is possible.
A Jewish woman saved her own life and her sister’s life in a German concentration camp by playing Chopin so beautifully that the commanding officer declared “She shall live.”
In the 1900s, Radithor was marketed as an energy drink, but was really just distilled water with radium in it. When the first person died of the radiation poisoning, he had to be buried in a lead coffin. His body was still radioactive when he was disinterred years later.
There is a woman from Oklahoma who needed her leg amputated due to cancer, so she kept the limb, had it skeletonized, and now runs an Instagram account largely dedicated to taking photos of/with a former portion of her own skeleton.
Hooters was founded on April 1, 1983 by a group of six businessmen called the Hooters 6. They chose April Fools’ Day as a joke because they believed it was going to fail.