The average Dutch person cycles around 620 miles (1,000km) annually.
One of Thomas Edison’s oddest inventions was a voice-driven sewing machine operated by blowing into a mouthpiece. It never caught on.
The first person ever to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel and survive was Annie Taylor on October 24, 1901. She hoped her feat would bring her fame and fortune but she died in poverty.
The Soviet Union and the United States were originally in talks to go to the moon together during the Cold War. Nikita Khrushchev was poised to accept the plan but then President Kennedy was assassinated. The Soviets did not trust Vice President Johnson, so Khrushchev rejected the plan.
In 2005, Houston was struck by Hurricane Rita, which resulted in 3.7m people evacuating the area. The evacuation caused a traffic jam that spanned 100 miles, lasted days, and killed dozens of people. Hurricane Rita then ended up changing course and only dealt Houston a glancing blow.
The two sons of Archduke Franz Ferdinand were sent to Dachau and made to clean toilets for objecting to Hitler’s annexation of Austria.
From 1933 to 1974, it was generally illegal for individuals and corporations to possess gold in the United States.
During the 2000 US census, more than 87,000 Americans listed their home state as their ancestry. Texas had the most, with over 32,000.