Only 11% of Japanese people are willing to fight for their country, the lowest in the world. In both Morocco and Fiji, it is 94%.
During the 1920s a class president candidate at Harvard swallowed a live goldfish in a bid to win more votes. The stunt created a trend of ‘goldfish swallowing’ which became so popular that eventually Massachusetts state legislature had to create a bill banning it.
Monowi village in USA has a population of 1 and the only resident runs a 5000-volume library and a tavern that draws regular customers from as far as 80 miles away.
Starbucks sometimes operates at a loss intentionally and clusters several locations in a small geographical area to become anti-competitive in the market.
McDonald’s is called Macca’s in Australia. The nickname became so popular, they’ve registered it and in 2013 they even changed the signage.
A researcher once played a recording of an elephant who had died. The sound was coming from a speaker hidden in a thicket. The family went wild calling, looking all around. The dead elephant’s daughter called for days afterward. The researchers never again did such a thing.
Einstein theorised a machine to communicate with the future, the Tachyonic antitelephone.
When telephones first came into commercial use you had to whistle loudly into the receiver to get the other person’s attention, as telephone bells hadn’t been invented yet.
In Interstellar the depiction of a black hole required completely new CGI rendering software and was so accurate that it provided enough scientifical insight to publish three scientific papers.
2000-year-old graffiti was discovered in the ancient city of Pompeii, such as “On April 19th, I made bread.” and “If anyone does not believe in Venus, they should gaze at my girlfriend.”