The world’s oldest known complaint letter was written to a Sumerian copper merchant named Ea-Nasir almost 4000 years ago on a clay tablet: “You put ingots which were not good before my messenger and said: ‘If you want to take them, take them; if you do not want to take them, go away!'”
Prior to WWI wristwatches were considered feminine and not commonly worn by men. Wristwatches were more practical than pocket watches in warfare, and as a result they became socially acceptable for men to wear.
1969 Allen Funt creator/host of Candid Camera boarded a plane to Miami. While in flight the plane was hijacked by armed men. A passenger recognized Funt and all were convinced it was a gag. Funt tried to dissuade them but no one believed him they only realized it wasn’t when they landed in Cuba.
‘Mangia’ is an Atari 2600 video game in which a mother force feeds her son with pasta until he explodes. The boy can feed animals with the food, but if the mother sees him do so, she brings out three times as much pasta as punishment. ‘Mangia’ is among the rarest video games for collectors.
In 2015, 1000 musicians played ‘Learn to Fly’ by foo fighters together in the town of Cesena, Italy in an effort to get the band to come to their town and play. The band responded and came to the town to play a 27-song-set, starting off with ‘Learn to Fly’. Here’s the full video of the 1000 musicians in action.
In 2013, a family bought a Chinese bowl for 3 dollars only to find out it being worth 2.2 million dollars.
In 2015, the Dutch police caught cannabis growers because their house was the only one in the street without snow on the roof.
Ford slowly sped up the car production line until workers couldn’t cope. Unions were formed with the agreement that production line speeds couldn’t be altered unless agreed upon.
To help airline passengers deal with travel anxiety, San Francisco International Airport has hired the nation’s first airport therapy pig. LiLou wears costumes and performs tricks to help travelers calm down before boarding their flights.
In 1961, Fidel Castro closed Cuban schools for a whole year and formed teachers into a “literacy army” with the goal to eradicate illiteracy. By the end of the year, 707,212 previously illiterate people had learned how to read.