There was a Japanese man who survived 24 days of cold weather by inadvertently falling into a state of hibernation. When he was found, his temperature had dropped to 71°F.
Margaret Anne Cargill was a philanthropist born into one of the wealthiest families in the world. She gave away more than $200M during her life, always anonymously, and provided that after her death all her wealth go to charity. In 2011 her assets were liquidated, resulting in a $6B donation.
American flags made in China are banned in the U.S. Military.
There is an American military cemetery Margraten, Netherlands. On Memorial Day each year every last grave is “adopted” by a Dutch family that lays flowers over the site.
A researcher found that it takes no more than 3.5% of the population of a country participating in sustained nonviolent civil disobedience to topple a totalitarian government.
Humans can live unprotected in space for about 30 seconds if they don’t hold their breath.
Traffic in central London moves at the same speed as horse-drawn carriages a century ago.
There is an episode of Supernatural in which the two main characters are sent to an alternate universe in which they play the actors that play their characters on Supernatural (themselves) who are in the middle of filming an episode of a TV show called Supernatural.
Scientists created a completely enclosed, artificial environment called Biosphere 2 and made one mistake that caused all the trees to fall down before maturation: there was no wind so trees failed to develop stress wood, which is necessary for them to stand.
Patrice Lumumba, the first democratically elected PM of Congo and a pan-Africanist, lasted only 81 days before being killed by the Belgians and the CIA.
McDonald’s offers product placement rewards to rap artists who mention the Big Mac in their songs.
In 2008, hackers gained unauthorized access to a NASA spacecraft’s control system but chose to do nothing with it.
After a wave of plane hijackers demanded passage to Cuba in the 1960s, the FAA considered building a fake Havana airport in Florida. US agents would wait for the plane to land and arrest the unsuspecting hijackers.
If you stood at the equator on Mars, the temperature would be 21C (70F) at your feet, where the Sun had warmed the ground, but 0C (32F) at the top of your head.