In 2009, Russian Cosmonauts on the International Space Station were banned by their officials from using the ‘luxurious’ U.S. model astro-loo toilet, and were only allowed to use the Russian-built toilet.
Katy Perry originally started out as a Christian rock/gospel singer, with her first album entitled Katy Hudson (her real name) being a Christian record. Seven years later, she revamped herself as Katy Perry and with edgier songs like “I Kissed a Girl”.
Wes Craven came up with the idea of Nightmare on Elm St after reading of some Cambodian refugees haunted by nightmares of the Khmer Rouge who refused to sleep. When they finally gave in to sleep, they died even though there was nothing physically wrong
One French-Canadian soldier liberated the entire Dutch town of Zwolle during the course of an action-packed night in 1944, burning down Gestapo HQ and taking more than 100 German soldiers prisoner
Two weeks after Hurricane Katrina, a task force rescued around 1400 frozen embryos stranded in a hospital without power. The embryos were considered to be people under Louisiana law.
In 2013, the government of Iceland asked several FBI agents to leave after they lied to the local government and told them they were investigating terrorist hackers. It turned out they were investigating Wikileaks.
A KKK Grand Dragon, confined to a wheelchair, had been threatening a local rabbi. The rabbi responded by offering the man compassion, friendship, and transportation around town. They became friends and the Grand Dragon eventually quit the KKK and converted to Judaism.
A 2011 Harvard/Tufts study showed that most white Americans now believe anti-white racism has surpassed anti-black racism in the U.S.
On a trip to England in 1698, Peter the Great loved the taste of stout beers, but was unable to take any back with him to Russia before it spoiled. To mitigate this, London brewers added more hops and alcohol to their stouts thus creating a new beer style, the Russian Imperial Stout.