Eritrea, not North Korea, scores as the country with the least media freedom in the world.
1-in-4 people of the Doma tribe in Zimbabwe have only two toes on each foot. This is due to a law that forbids marriage outside of the tribe, thus propagating the mutation due to a limited gene pool.
Four sisters have their picture taken together every year for 40 years (1975-2014).
Starting in 1938, GM bought out the public transportation in many Californian cities, including Los Angeles, Sacramento, and San Diego) and ran it to the ground so people would switch to private transportation.
In 1991 a fake Russian tv program on Leningrad tv convinced many citizens that Lenin consumed a lot of psychedelic mushrooms, eventually even becoming a mushroom himself. The Leningrad communist party had to declare that”Lenin could not have been a mushroom” because “a mammal can not be a plant”.
In 1999, Douglas Adams founded h2g2.com, The Hitchhiker’s Guide the Galaxy: Earth Edition, a “constantly expanding, user-generated guide to life, the universe and everything,” two years before Wikipedia launched.
The license plate of Agent Smith’s car in the Matrix Reloaded is “IS 5416″ – referencing Isaiah 54:16, which states “Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have the waster to destroy.”
After WWI, the US began forced sterilization to prevent ‘imbeciles’ and ‘promiscuous’ individuals from having children in order to clean up the gene pool.
There’s an ice cream that changes color as you eat it.
A Vietnam war American sniper volunteered to crawl for 3 days across 2000m of open field containing an enemy headquarters, took a single shot that killed an NVA General and then crawled back out without being spotted.
LSD cured a holocaust survivor from Auschwitz’s PTSD and allowed him to sleep for the first time in 30 years without nightmares.
In 1999 chess Grandmaster Garry Kasparov played The World in a game of chess that lasted over four months. Over 50,000 people from more than 75 countries participated in the game with moves being decided by majority vote. Garry ended up winning on turn 62 when 51% of The World decided to resign.
There’s a theme park in Japan where kids can experience adult life (working, banking, etc).
Classical and heavy metal music attract listeners with similar personalities but dissimilar ages. Younger people of the personality type like metal, older counterparts like classical. Both share their motivation: to hear something dramatic and theatrical, a “love of the grandiose.”
We hear our own voices differently because of how the sound transfers up our face and the vibrations in our ears and head after we speak. We can hear how we sound to others by putting two folders in front of our ears so our voice echos around the room before reaching our ears.