Slaves were forbidden from owning musical instruments as they were used to communicate. Congo Square in New Orleans was the only place slaves were allowed to gather every Sunday, to trade, sing, dance and play music. This led to the birth of Jazz.
Adding “but you are free to refuse” after a verbal request can double your chances of getting what you want.
Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! in Quebec, Canada, is the only town in the world with two exclamation points in its name.
The Hawaiian Pizza was invented in Canada, and is the most popular pizza in Australia, accounting for 15% of pizza sales.
Matthew McConaughey gave up on going to law school in 1993 to go into acting. His breakout movie role came in 1996, as a lawyer.
In 2007 a man named Jeremy Harper counted to one million. He did not leave his apartment or shave until he finished, and it was all broadcast live on a webcam. It took him 3 months.
The most decorated American WWI veteran from Texas was an undocumented Mexican immigrant named Marcelino Serna. He was also the first Hispanic to be awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.
In 2004, Jon Stewart went on CNN’s TV show Crossfire and criticized hosts Tucker Carlson and Paul Begala for the partisan and sensationalized nature of the show. The show was cancelled next year, with the President of CNN citing and agree with many of Stewart’s points.
Quentin Tarantino has confirmed that all his films are secretly connected.
Stephen King has written a children’s book using a pseudonym and reviewed it as himself.