Sitting on top of flagpoles was a fad in the mid to late 1920s, where people would compete to see who could break records for endurance sitting. The world record is 51 days, 20 hours.
Researchers tried 2000 times to ignite gasoline with a cigarette; failed 100% of the time.
In 2013 four female prison guards were all found to have been impregnated by the same inmate.
In 1903 the New York Times predicted that building a flying machine would be possible in 1-10 Million years.
In 1869, a strange fashion trend was afoot among the hippest London ladies. With the assistance of canes and mismatched shoes or specialty pairs with different heel heights, they affected what was called the Alexandra Limp.
There is a mall in China that offers “husband storage” where wives can leave their husband while they shop.
Judges are statistically more likely to be stricter in their rulings as their lunch time approaches due to low glucose levels.
Alan Alda is the only actor to appear in all 251 episodes of the long-running series M*A*S*H. He commuted from Los Angeles to his home in New Jersey, where his wife and daughters lived, every weekend for the 11-year-run of the show, because he didn’t know how long the show would last.
Bob Marley once said “The people who are trying to make this world worse aren’t taking a day off. How can I?” after armed gunmen attacked his home two days before giving a free concert called “Smile Jamaica”.
50 years before women were allowed to enroll into medical school, Margaret Ann Bulkley dressed as a man for 56 years to study medicine and become her alter-ego, Dr James Barry. It was only when she died in 1865 that her secret was exposed after 46 years working as an army medical officer.