It is 2006 in Ethiopia because their calendar has 13 months. The 13th month is only 5-6 days long and the reason it’s 2006 rather than 2014 is because it’s based on the Coptic calendar rather than the Gregorian.
The first proposal to tunnel under the English Channel was put forward by a Frenchman in 1802. It would have had illumination from oil lamps, horse-drawn coaches, and an artificial island mid-Channel for changing horses.
In 1936 a patent for a “flying saucer” called Aerodina Lenticulara was applied for. The same inventor is also credited by some with the world first jet in 1910. In 1905, he also built a missile-aeroplane for the Romanian Army.
Coffee was so influential in Turkish culture that the Turkish word for ‘breakfast’ literally translates to ‘before coffee’ and the word brown translates to ‘the color of coffee.’
A team of Czech and German researchers found out that dogs actually align themselves with the Earth’s magnetic field when they poop. The researchers measured the direction of the body axis of 70 dogs from 37 breeds during 1,893 defecations and 5,582 urinations over the course of two years, and found that dogs “prefer to excrete with the body being aligned along the North-south axis under calm magnetic field conditions”.
1,311 people live in Verkhoyansk, Russia. A town with an avg. temp of -45 °C (-50 °F) in January that was also attacked by a pack of 400 wolves last year. The sun currently rises at 2pm and sets at 3:30pm.
A monk had once written over a book that contained information about calculus in ancient Greece that could have made us 100 or even 1000 years more mathematically and technologically advanced.
Russians have a word “Zapoi” to describe several days of continuous drunkenness during which one withdraws from society.
Some people wear adult diapers to celebrate New Years at Time Square due to a lack of toilets.
New Rome Ohio, a small town with 60 residents and 14 police officers, raised nearly $400,000 annually from speeding tickets.
There was a man known as “The Glastonbury Tickler” who would break into people’s houses at night, tickle their feet while they were sleeping, and immediately leave.
A young Charlie Wilson’s dog was killed by a next door neighbor who was running for city council by mixing crushed glass into the dog’s food. Charlie Wilson retaliated by driving 96 poor black voters to the polls ultimately causing his neighbor to lose the election.
Until 1974, banks could (and usually would) refuse to issue a credit card to a woman unless she was married and her husband co-signed for the card. A divorced woman was considered too much of a risk because she “couldn’t keep a marriage under control.”
Creative professions, particularly creative writing, have a strong correlation with mental illnesses: authors are 50% more likely to commit suicide than the general population.