The world’s first traffic signal was short lived. Installed in London in 1868, it exploded less than a month later, injuring its policeman operator.
In 2016, North Korea accidentally leaked its DNS data, showing they only have 28 “.kp” domains. In comparison, there are 10 million “.uk” domains.
There’s a “sea organ” built on the coast of Croatia that plays music like an organ when waves crash in and out of it.
North Carolina does not require mandatory rest breaks or meal breaks for employees 16 years of age or older. Companies can force employees to work 8 hour days with no breaks and it’s not against the law.
Some Christian groups criticized Dungeons and Dragons for promoting the veneration of demons, murder, and satanism, even though the creator of D&D was a committed christian.
In 1925 an all-black baseball team in Wichita, Kansas played an exhibition against a local KKK Klavern, with Irish Catholics serving as umpires. The black team won 10-8.
In the 1960’s, US spy planes were taking photos of Cuba. Those who analyzed them noticed something peculiar. They were building soccer fields. Cubans don’t like soccer, they like baseball. Russians like soccer. This is how the Cuban Missile Crisis started.
There is an island in the Scottish Hebrides that is owned entirely by its people. With a population of 83, the Isle of Eigg has been owned by its community since being bought in 1997, after decades of issues with absentee landlords, and generates 100% of its electricity using renewable energy.
After Nietzsche’s death, his sister edited his work to remove anything that didn’t align with the Nazi Doctrine. Writings that were Anti-Nazi, were edited to be Pro-Nazi, and used by Hitler’s party. The Nazis didn’t know she did this, and believed that Nietzsche was genuinely pro-Nazi.
A tool shop owner paid $100 for a locked abandoned storage unit, only to find the Lotus Esprit submarine prop from The Spy Who Loved Me inside. He sold it to Elon Musk for $825,000.