North Korean spies stationed abroad have to receive training on how to shop in supermarkets, use credit cards and visit clubs, as these amenities are not commonplace in North Korea.
Johnny Carson once joked on The Tonight Show about a nonexistent toilet paper shortage which led to eventual panic buying leaving store shelves empty causing a real shortage that lasted weeks.
Afghan Women had the right to vote in 1920’s and full equality in 1960’s.
Felice Benuzzi was a P.O.W. in Kenya during WWII. He recruited two others to stage an escape so that he could climb the second highest peak in Africa, knowing that there was no chance of a permanent escape. With scant food and only improvised equipment such as barbed wire crampons, no porters or guns, they traversed the jungle, encountering wild animals, and climb the mountain. Two of them reached a point ~5000 m high on the 5199 m mountain. And then they returned and broke back into the camp, as planned. He later wrote the book based on this, which was made into a fictionalized movie.
A Chinese farmer studied law for 16 years’ to defeat a corporation dumping hazardous chemical waste near his land.
Disneyland used to employ young women as mermaids who would swim in the water around the Submarine Voyage ride.
According to psychologist Arthur Aron, there are 36 questions that could lead to love. Each question is more probing than the previous one and leads to a mutual vulnerability that fosters closeness. The final exercise is to stare into each other’s eyes for 4 minutes.
A Japanese Oil Tanker captain fell into a cactus at a Santa Barbara Oil Field, provoking laughter from the local workers. 5 years later he returned in an Imperial Japanese Navy sub and made the first mainland shelling of the US at that oil field.
American founding father Benjamin Franklin thought the bald eagle was lazy and cowardly, and preferred other animals such as the turkey and rattlesnake to represent the United States of America.
Pets are not necessarily as happy as many pet owners would hope, that you may be doing your pet a favor by making them work for food, and that it is important to play with pets to avoid boredom.