Back in 1911, Imogene Rechtin led a campaign against kissing, as leader of the World’s Health Organization (which, to clarify, had nothing to do with the UN’s World Health Organization, founded in 1948). Her followers wore buttons that read, “Kiss Not.” One newspaper at the time remarked, “Judging by the facial features of the presidentess of the cult appearing in the public prints, she is immune without wearing the button.”
Balloonfest’86 was a publicity stunt in which the United Way of Cleveland released 1.4 million balloons over the city. The balloons tied up highway and air traffic, caused lawsuits seeking millions in damages, and interfered with a Coast Guard search for two boaters who were later found drowned.
In Hiroshima, there are permanent shadows caused by the intensity of the nuclear blast when the bomb was dropped. Sometimes, there were shadows left of people, but no bodies found. This resulted from the extreme heat of the explosion which vaporized the bodies, leaving the shadows behind. The shadows are a unique occurrence from the nuclear explosion and they remain even after many years.
The 1948 high school fad of “Red-Out” was one of the stupidest high school fads ever. Students would kneel, breathe deeply 10 times, close their lips around their thumbs and then blow, without actually exhaling, until they turned red and passed out. They would wake up believing they had been chased by monsters, while being unconscious.
Chaupadi is a traditional Hindu practice that banishes menstruating women — considered unclean — from the rest of the house. Nepali women are not allowed to touch kitchen utensils, share the same water source, go to school, or sleep inside the home during their periods. Instead, they sleep in huts, animal sheds, caves or even in the open.