In 2014 Budweiser attempted to trademark the sound of a beer can opening.
American volunteers fighting in other nations armed forces in WW2 lost their citizenship and changed their nationality to Canadian. Congress eventually passed a blanket pardon in 1944.
Edgar Allan Poe wrote a novel in which a group of shipwrecked survivors draw lots in which the loser will be eaten, the boy who lost was named Richard Parker. 50 years later an English ship sank and the survivors drew lots, the losers name was Richard Parker.
In 2016, Reykjavik’s City Council decided to turn off city lights in order to allow residents to enjoy a fantastic Northern Lights display without artificial light pollution.
The term “groggy” comes from either the British or American Navy. These sailors drank Grog, which was a mix of rum, water, and citrus juice, which was used to fight scurvy. Someone who is dazed or sleepy might feel as if they have had too much grog, making them “groggy.”
During WWII, a research program tried to train pigeons to guide missiles. Pigeons would follow the image, pecking at it, which would move the screen on its pivots. The program was shutdown, with the lead researcher stating:”Our problem was no one would take us seriously.”
Napoleon Bonaparte was once moved to tears over the grief of a dog who he found sitting with its owner’s body.
A man named Dan Goodwin climbed the north World Trade Center tower in 1983 to call attention to the inability to rescue trapped occupants from the upper levels of skyscrapers.
Alligators have been a long-running problem for NASA, including climbing over their fences and entering buildings over night.