When the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in Paris in 1911, one of the people arrested on suspicion of its theft was Pablo Picasso. He’d been implicated by his friend, the poet Guillaume Apollinaire; both men were questioned, and eventually released.
The small town of Codell in Kansas was hit by a deadly tornado on May 20th, 1918. Not especially remarkable – except it had also been hit by tornados at around the same time in the evening, on the same day, in 1917 and 1916 as well.
While everybody’s worried about a global pandemic, here’s something to take your mind off those fears: since 1945, it’s thought that at least 50 nuclear weapons have been lost around the world, and were never recovered.
King Charles VI of France, also known as Charles the Mad, suffered from the delusion he was made of glass. He even had protective iron bars sewn into his clothes to prevent him from shattering if he fell.
The average lifespan of an NHL hockey puck is 7 minutes.
Male French bulldogs are unable to mount females due to defects caused by inbreeding. In order to breed, female French bulldogs must be artificially inseminated.
Anthropophagy is another term for eating human flesh.
Under the Travancore kingdom of Kerala, India, low caste women had to pay a tax for the right to cover their upper body.
Squirrel meat is featured in some versions of the popular cookbook, “The Joy of Cooking.” Squirrels can also serve as a substitute for chicken in most recipes.
On February 8, 2000, the meaning of life was auctioned on eBay. The winning bid was $3.26.