Virtually all Middle Ages scholars believed that the Earth is spherical. The myth that people in the Middle Ages thought the earth is flat appears to date from the 17th century as part of the campaign by Protestants against Catholic teaching.
In 2010, when Tokyo officials went to congratulate the oldest man in the city on his 111th birthday, they instead found his skeletal remains on his bed. He had been dead for 30 years and the family was taking in the pension money he was still receiving.
Gun ownership is REQUIRED in some towns in the U.S.
In 2010 three burglars who thought they had found a stash of cocaine ended up snorting the ashes of a man and his two great danes.
The city of Aberdeen in Scotland is famous for its granite buildings. Nearly every house/building in the centre of the city is made of the material. Because of this, the suitable radiation levels for the city are slightly higher than they would be in other cities in the UK.
Jessica Dubroff, a 7 year old, attempted to become the youngest pilot to fly an airplane across the US. The plane crashed shortly into her journey.
Pan Am used to weigh its flight attendants every month and if they were too heavy they were suspended without pay until they lost a few pounds.
In the 16th century, Ishikawa Goemon was sentenced to death by being boiled alive in an iron cauldron along with his very young son, but was able to save his son by holding him above his head. His son was then forgiven.
The ruins of a 2,300-year-old Mayan Temple in Belize were destroyed by contractors who wanted to use the bricks for gravel to build a road.
In Japan, ‘yaeba’ or crooked teeth in girls is considered cute and attractive, and girls in fact undergo procedures to un-straighten their teeth.
Alex Alsup, a committed Detroit citizen, captures the rapid disintegration of his hometown by comparing Bing and Google Street View images of the same homes over the course of several years.
Here are a few examples…
It was common for hospitals in Germany to have a brewery. Patients would get a beer before go to bed.
The last prisoner of war from the Second World War to be repatriated was a Hungarian soldier who was taken prisoner by the Red Army in 1944, then discovered living in a Russian psychiatric hospital in 2000.
There are only two countries in the world Coca-Cola is not officially sold: North Korea and Cuba.