As a teenager, Puccini stole organ pipes from his town’s cathedral and sold them to buy cigarettes. As church organist, he rearranged the music to avoid playing the missing notes.
According to a UK psychiatry study, 3 out of 11 personality disorders were more common in executives than in criminal psychiatric patients. The business people were described as “successful psychopaths and the criminals as unsuccessful psychopaths”.
The Norse Sagas which describe the historical pre-Columbus Viking discovery of North America also say that they met Native Americans who could speak a language that sounded similar to Irish, and who said that they’d already encountered white men before them.
Breathing the air in Beijing is equal to smoking 21 cigarettes a day in health effects.
The first Tour de France winner was disqualified because he cheated by taking the train
After the 2003 film The Cat in the Hat was released and panned by critics, the widow of Dr.Seuss vowed to never allow his work to be adapted in live action again.
Apache warriors could run as much as 80 miles a day. That’s equal to a little over 3 full marathons.
Back when the NYC Subway used tokens, people called “token suckers” would jam token slots with paper and suck out stuck tokens with their mouths. To prevent this, some attendants would sprinkle chili powder into the slots.
Nicorette was created in Sweden for submariners who couldn’t smoke on board.
Vernors is actually the oldest soda still being sold. It predates Dr. Pepper by 19 years.
The most valuable vinyl record of all time is not a rare recording, it’s a plain, off the shelf, version of Double Fantasy by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. It’s worth half a million dollars because John Lennon signed the cover for Mark David Chapman 5 hours before Chapman murdered Lennon.
Anti-occupation Rabbis have actually volunteered to be human shields in order to defend Palestinian villages from destruction.
The Cheyenne chief Black Kettle, a major advocate for peace and coexistence between white settlers and Native Americans, was twice attacked by American troops despite explicit agreements of non-hostility, resulting in the death and mutilation of he and at least two hundred Cheyenne villagers.
As a result of a 20-year-old online joke that the German city of Bielefield doesn’t actually exist, the city released a press statement titled ‘There Really is a Bielefeld!’. However as it was released on April 1st, this humorously only added to the conspiracy.
Landmines planted on the coasts during the Falklands War accidentally created penguin sanctuaries. The penguins are too light to detonate the mines, so they live and breed safely. The sanctuaries are so popular and profitable that there are efforts to prevent removal of the mines.