Morocco, in December 1777, became the first nation to recognize the United States, and together they maintain the United States’ longest unbroken treaty.
A 16-year veteran Police Officer filed suit against his department alleging he was twice passed up for promotion and denied chances for overtime because he refused to profile young drivers for traffic tickets
Russell Brand was legally entitled to take $20 million dollars from Katy Perry’s fortune after their divorce but refused to take any.
This terrifying creature is called Eunice aphroditois, or simply the Bobbit worm. It can grow up to three meters long and is capable of slicing its larger prey in half. Moreover, it injects a toxin into its prey to make it easier to digest. The worm keeps itself buried in the sand or gravel at the bottom of the sea, only allowing its five tiny antennae to stick up out of the silt. If something swims or crawls along that disturbs one of the antennae, the worm springs up out of the ground and grabs whatever passerby happened to be unlucky that day. They’re found throughout the warmer parts of the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic Oceans.
A father murdered 2 people after they ‘unfriended’ his daughter on Facebook.
Beethoven hated authority and social rank (he was a commoner), so much that he would stop playing if aristocrats talked during his performances.
The word ‘gymnasium’ comes from the Greek word “gymnós”, which literally means “naked.” Athletes competed nude, a practice said to encourage aesthetic appreciation of the male body and a tribute to the gods.
There is an “Inception” phenomenon where the individual believes they have awakened and are going about their day as usual (i.e. got dressed, ate breakfast) only to wake up and realize none of it happened in reality. There can be multiple false awakenings in a dream session.
A golden retriever has been caught on camera trying to save fish stranded on land. The cameraman was criticized for not taking a similar action.
In 1976, a Soviet pilot defected to Japan in his advanced MiG-25 fighter, which Russia demanded be returned. Japan complied, but only after allowing American engineers to examine the aircraft. Japan then shipped it back piece by piece, and billed Russia $40,000 in transport and labor costs.
In the early 1920s, the Anti-Flirt Club was organized to protect young women and girls who received unwelcome attention from men in automobiles and on street corners.
It used to be illegal for men to be shirtless on U.S. beaches as it was felt that the sight of a man’s bare chest in public was immoral, & women and children had to be protected from that sight.
Before the advent of elevators, the wealthiest people would live on the lowest floors. The higher the floor, the poorer the tenants.
It’s illegal to pee in an elevator in Singapore, and that some elevators have a Urine Detection Device which detects urine odors, sets off an alarm, and close the elevator doors until the police arrive.
The Jack Daniels distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee, can’t sell any liquor because it is in a dry county. Instead, they sell commemorative Jack Daniels bottles that happen to have whiskey in them.