There is a Pirate Stock Exchange in Somalia, where any one can invest with money or weapons, and bet on the results of hijacking.
The Swiss Air Force is only operational weekdays between 8am-5pm, closing for lunch between 12pm-1:30pm. In 2014, they were unable to intercept a hijacked airliner because they weren’t open yet that morning.
“Warranty Void if removed” stickers and clauses are illegal under a federal law passed in 1975 called the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. The law says that you can open your electronics without voiding the warranty, regardless of what the warranty says.
Millenials are responsible for the decline in the bar soap industry. They prefer liquid soap because bar soap is deemed “dirty” and for old people.
Three teenagers from Tokelaou who on a drunken dare, stole a boat and got lost adrift on the Pacific Ocean to be found after 51 days. They had barely any food or water, no clothing, no fishing gear, no life vests, and no first-aid kit.
A “London Fog” was yellow smog so thick you couldn’t see the ground. These “pea soupers” often carried toxic chemicals and one in 1952 killed 4,000 people in five days. Due to the Clean Air Act the last London Fog was in 1962.
Onions are the only crop to be completely banned from trading futures in. In the 1950’s a man named Vincent Kosuga acquired so much power that at one point he controlled 98% of onions in America. Farmers and buyers were so angry that Eisenhower banned the entire market.
Every receipt at every store in Taiwan is a ticket for a government lottery with top prizes worth over 300,000 USD. It was introduced in 1951 to combat sales tax dodging by businesses.
In 1985 Disney released Return to OZ a sequel to The Wizard of OZ. While being more true to the original novels,it was considered not friendly for children in the beginning of the movie Dorothy is receiving electroshock therapy, one reviewer said “It’s bleak, creepy, and occasionally terrifying”.
In ’03, Mitsubishi offered a “0-0-0” deal in the US which offered a new car for 0 down, 0% interest and 0 payments for a year. Many buyers defaulted after the year leaving Mitsubishi with used vehicles for which they’d received no money and which were now worth less than they cost to manufacture.