New York City in the 70s was known as “Fear City” and a very blunt tourist notice was displayed in order to keep tourists from ending up in dangerous situations.
The New Zealand town of Brightwater had 5 electric street lights in 1911 powered by a hydroelectric generator which was auto-controlled by a flock of chickens. At night, the chickens would go inside their coop and their weight would close an electric circuit, turning on the street lights.
Because the Secret Service aren’t allowed into the Oval Office, they turned the floor into a giant, digital scale so that they can monitor where the President is at all times.
A woman sued the distributors of the movie “Drive”(2011) and the theater in which she watched the movie,claiming that “it had very little driving”.
In the UK, top lager companies remove and readd specific minerals to the water used in their brewing process – so that the taste of their beer is consistent. This is why locally brewed beers vary in taste depending on where you are in the country.
During the German invasion of the Soviet Union, a single Russian tank delayed the advance of an entire division for one day.
The original version of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” included the line “It may be your last.”
The Pleiades (a cluster of stars) were used as a method for testing eyesight in ancient times, a soldier who could see at least 7 was given the job of scouts or archers.
Over 99% of Koreans lack a gene called ABCC11. The gene is what causes the body odor. Only 2% of Europeans have this same mutation.
All domesticated hamsters are descendants from a single brother sister pair that was found in Aleppo. They were bred in Jerusalem by a guy named Israel.