Coal Companies remove mountaintops in the Appalachians (the world’s oldest mountain range).
The Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, at the age of 13, was one of the first known teenagers to take a mirror selfie.
During New Zealand’s first rugby match vs England, an English player’s shorts got ripped off. The NZ players formed a circle so he could change. Another Englishman picked up the ball and scored. Later the English demanded an apology after NZ criticised the referee, which was “unsportsmanlike”.
In the mid-1950s, the US government secretly tested chemical weapons on the citizens of St Louis.
A goat called Sergeant Bill became a Canadian war hero during WWI when he head-butted three soldiers into a trench to avoid an exploding shell.
When the historic Plaza Hotel in NYC opened in 1907 a room cost $2.50 per night, the equivalent of $64.26 today. The Plaza now charges over $1000/night.
During the Nuremberg Trials, Nazi Deputy Führer Rudolf Hess gave a bizarre final statement about “mysterious means” used for government mind control, as well as having been visited by people with strange eyes, “glassy and like eyes in a dream.”
In Germany, Father’s Day is celebrated by groups of males going hiking with one or more smaller wagons filled with wine or beer and traditional regional food. Many use this day to get drunk, and alcohol-related traffic accidents multiply by three on this day.
In 2006, a bank manager in China stole $26,000 from the bank. His plan was to purchase lottery tickets with the intent of winning enough that he could return the money before the theft was discovered and still have some left over for himself. Despite the odds, his plan succeeded.
In 2008, Italy spent $65,000,000 to bail out the Parmesan cheese industry.