In 1938, 150 women chained themselves to cherry trees in Washington DC in protest of plans to cut the trees down to clear space for the Jefferson Memorial. The protest ended when they had to use the bathroom.
East China Sea parts every year and exposes a narrow 2.9km long strip of land allowing thousands of people to cross from Jindo island to Modo island of Korea. This land is exposed about an hour each day for approximately 4 days every year.
While at the toilet, president Carter hit a secret “panic button” thinking it was a flush toilet button and Secret Service responded by bursting into the room while the president was still zipping up his trousers.
Target Canada was so poorly planned that Canadian consumers would continue to cross the border and shop at Target stores in the United States.
In 2001, workers took over a struggling factory after their employer refused to provide them with a travel allowance and left the business for dead. Soon, they had made new clients, paid off the factory debts, and raised their salaries. The factory continues to run as a co-operative.
The Filet o’ Fish was invented so Catholics could eat at McDonald’s on Fridays.
Red Bull was actually created in Thailand in 1976 as an energy drink for truck drivers.
In 2004, a NYU student spent 8 months living in the college library due to being unable to afford tuition and room & board despite a $15000/yr scholarship and working 30 hours a week. Upon learning about this, the university gave him free accommodation through the summer.
Radithor, a health drink in the 1920s, contained radium and slowly killed its customers. But it didn’t cause a public health crisis because it could only be afforded by rich people (unlike cheaper, safer knockoffs).
In 1944, Lt Leon Crane bailed out of a malfunctioning plane, survived in Alaskan wilderness for 81 days, and walked 120 miles to safety.