Every Christmas since 1952 the US Air Force has airdropped gifts over the islands of Micronesia, making it the oldest ongoing Department of Defense mission and the longest running humanitarian airlift in the world.
Salty and Roselle, two separate guide dogs, were in the World Trade Centre during 9/11. They were on the 71st and 78th floor of Tower 1 respectively. They each led their owners safely out of the burning tower amidst the chaos, and both owners and dogs survived.
In the Second World War, the UK’s home guard ran out of rifles to issue to it’s soldiers, and ordered a quarter of a million medieval-era Pikes to be made to fight off the Nazis.
The American gangster John Dillinger escaped from jail with a wooden pistol. After whittling it in his cell, in March 1934 he used the fake weapon to intimidate 33 people before getting a real machine gun. “Ha, ha, ha! And I did all this with a wooden gun!” he bragged while leaving.
In the US, if you receive merchandise (for example: from an online vender) that you didn’t order, you have a legal right to keep it as a “free gift”, and you aren’t even legally obliged to notify the seller you’re going to keep it.
“Hit Me Baby (One More Time)” is mistranslated. The Swedish writer for the Britney Spears song thought that “hit me” was American slang for “call me”.