AOL Time Warner owns the copyright of “Happy birthday to you” and will do so until 2030 when the copyright expires. For this reason movies often use different songs (which are not in copyright or are owned by the studio) for birthday scenes. AOL Time Warner earns over $2 million per year from royalties for the song.
Scholars believe that pirate treasure is a big fat myth. Because pirates led short lives (due to their dangerous occupation), they would usually spend up large when they looted ships – leaving them with very little to spend later (because later probably wouldn’t come). Consequently, treasure maps with “X marks the spot” are most likely all frauds.
During the course of the Second World War, six Americans were killed by the Japanese on the US mainland. The Japanese sent a series of balloon bombs to the States and most of them were destroyed by the military or landed without exploding. But, one bomb was caught in a tree in the woods near Bly, Oregon, and when a young girl tried to pull it out of the tree it exploded, killing her, the local church minister’s wife, and four children.
Nazi scientists claimed to have trained a dog to call “Adolf Hitler” as “Mein Führer”.
The African Owl is actually a pigeon.
The earthquake sensitives such as geologist Jim Berkland claim they have the ability to predict earthquakes.
Cyclist Gerhard Schönbacher stopped and kissed the road before he finished last in the 1979 Tour de France.
Over 16,000 aborted fetuses were found in the Los Angeles fetus disposal scandal in 1982.