During WWII, the national speed limit was reduced to 35 mph to save gasoline and tire wear. A trip across Utah could take nine hours instead of five.
Japanese embassy in Paris has a 24 hour helpline, for their citizens who didn’t find Paris as expected. The French psychiatric journal Nervure cites the disappointment many visitors feel is caused by the over-romanticised expectations of Paris as a city of love, fashion, and glamorous people.
In WWII, weather reports were censored to prevent enemy submarines from learning about conditions. A football game in Chicago was so covered in fog that the radio announcer couldn’t see the field, but afterwards he was officially thanked for never using the word “fog” or mentioning the weather.
There is an inland island in Canada that is larger in area than the lake in which it is situated. The geological structure was formed by the impact of a meteorite 214 million years ago. The meteorite is believed to have been about 5 km in diameter, and would have hit the earth at a speed of 17 km/s, the fourth most powerful known impact that Earth has seen.
American neurologist Walter Freeman drove around the US performing ice pick lobotomies in a van he coined the lobotomobile.
In 1968, Canada gave a $3,500 grant to a 35-year old man in Vancouver “to revive the ancient and time-honored tradition of town fool.”
Oliver Stone’s original story for Platoon was called Break, based on his own experiences in the Vietnam War and set to music from The Doors. He sent the script to Jim Morrison hoping he would play the lead. Morrison never responded but he did have the script with him when he died in Paris.
Tom DeLonge, lead singer of Blink 182, opened a company with former top level CIA, Lockheed, and DoD engineers. They want to gradually release protected information on the UFO phenomenon.
Alvin Straight, a 73 year old, almost blind, drove his John Deere lawn mower 240 miles to his brothers house after being denied his drivers license due to his eyesight.
When the band plays “Jump Around” at University of Wisconsin football games the fans jumping registers on the Geology Department’s seismograph 2 miles away.