PhD students are 2.5 times more likely to develop psychiatric disorders than highly educated general population.
Last year a Florida woman drove into a house because she was praying with her eyes closed…while driving.
There is a group of wolves in British Columbia aptly called the “sea wolves” that gets most of its food from the sea, and will even swim up to 8 miles to reach islands for food.
New York’s underground gay bars of the 1960’s (including the Stonewall Inn) were actually created and supported by the Mafia. It was illegal to be gay. The mob paid off local precincts to keep them from doing raids.
“Fika” is a concept in Swedish culture that means “to have coffee, cake and a chit-chat”. It’s a big part of the culture and most companies have two daily fika breaks at 9am and at 3pm.
The first athlete to be disqualified at the Olympics for drug use was a Swedish pentathlete who drank two beers before his shooting event to calm his nerves.
Winston Churchill had an oxygen mask made for him for flying in high altitude airplanes during WWII that was customized to allow him to smoke cigars through a hole in the mask.
Scottish Town Arnprior (pop. 200) painted wiggly lines on a straight road to confuse and slow down fast drivers.
A St. Bernard named Bamse was a mascot of the Royal Norwegian Navy during WWII and was known for breaking up fights amongst his crewmates. He once saved a young lieutenant commander who was being attacked by a man wielding a knife by pushing the assailant into the sea.