There is an ancient old growth forest bordering Poland called Białowieża Forest. It resembles what most of Europe looked like before the 14th century. This story of conservation has been well documented over the last 500 years and is almost as rich as the ecosystem the forest supports.
Christopher Columbus punished a man found guilty of stealing corn by having his ears and nose cut off and then selling him into slavery.
There is a species of jellyfish that is biologically immortal.
For $100,000 you can have your dog cloned by a company called My Friend Again.
The U.S. has 115,000 janitors, 83,000 bartenders, 323,000 restaurant servers, and 80,000 heavy-duty truck drivers with bachelor’s degrees.
Steve Jobs is buried in an unmarked grave.
There are 340 different types of land mines made by a hundred different companies. Every day roughly six thousand fresh mines are placed in the ground. Right now, there are 110 million land mines in seventy-two countries; and every twenty-two minutes, one of them explodes. Seventy-five mines explode every day, and each month seven hundred people are maimed or killed.
Sliced bread was actually invented in 1927 by Otto Frederick Rohwedder.
Lucy Liu once got into a fist fight with Bill Murray.
1/3 of all children, half of all adults, and 2/3 of all senior citizens have arachnids living on their face; a tiny eight-legged species live, mate, lay eggs, and decompose in or near human hair follicles eating our skin cells and body oils.
Pope Stephen VI had the corpse of his predecessor (Pope Formosus) dug up and made to stand trial.
The Doors turned down playing at Woodstock because they thought it was going to be a “second class repeat of Monterey Pop festival”.