In 2007, a Bowhead whale was discovered with the head of an explosive harpoon embedded deep under its neck blubber. The projectile was manufactured in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1890.
Monsanto once created a town in Illinois so it could build a factory in a town with low taxes and lax regulations. The town is now home to a huge superfund site.
Hitler planned to rebuild Berlin after the war into a neo-roman cosmopolitan city. One state building, the Volkeshalle was to be so massive, that it could rain inside during events due to 150K peoples’ perspiration and breath.
A puzzling suicide note of a man who jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge read “Absolutely no reason except I have a toothache”.
Wife selling was a traditional English practice for ending an unsatisfactory marriage. Instead of dealing with an expensive and dragged-out divorce, a husband would take his wife to market and parade her with a halter around her neck, arm, or waist, before publicly auctioning her to the highest bidder.
Europeans traditionally swam the breaststroke, while Native Americans swam the front crawl. When two Native Americans won an 1844 swimming competition in England, newspapers criticized their barbaric, “un-European” form. Europeans refused to use the faster front crawl for decades.
Mary Tyler Moore once offered a restaurant $1000 for a 65 year-old lobster so she could return it to the wild. Rush Limbaugh then offered $2000 to eat the lobster. The restaurant denied both offers and kept the lobster as a mascot.
The bar tab of a 1787 farewell party for George Washington is still intact. “According to the bill… [The Founding Fathers] drank 54 bottles of Madeira, 60 bottles of claret, 8 of whiskey, 22 of porter, 8 of hard cider, 12 of beer, and 7 bowls of alcoholic punch”. The party had 55 attendees.
A killer whale at the Miami Seaquarium named Hugo, committed suicide by repeatedly bashing his head into the walls of his tank.
New Zealand’s native Māori make up only 15% of the population, but over 50% of the imprisoned population.
Serial killer and cannibal Richard Chase only broke into houses that were unlocked. If they were locked, he thought it meant he was unwelcome but if they were not he saw it as an invitation to enter.
The Parrotfish eats dead coral, an then poops sand. This sand poop is also responsible for nearly all the white sand beaches in Hawaii.
Marijuana is technically illegal in Amsterdam, the law enforcement simply turns a blind-eye to the “coffee shops” that sell it.
A German man was locked up in a high-security psychiatric hospital for claiming that a bank was involved with money-laundering, and was released years later when the bank was raided for money-laundering. The responsible bavarian Secretary of Justice and the involved psychiatrists were not punished/didn’t have to face any consequences.
In 1860′s San Francisco, two stray dogs who were best friends became local celebrities. Their exploits were celebrated in local papers and they were granted immunity from the city’s dog catchers.