Shenzhen, China went from sleepy fishing village (pop 30K) to a global city of over 10 million that produces 90% of world’s electronics. With some of the tallest skyscrapers on earth. All in a mere 35 years.
The Vatican City has the highest per capita wine consumption of any country in the world.
Visual Arts student Berk Ilhan has created a mirror that will only work if you smile. His idea was that this would help cheer up cancer patients by forcing them to smile. He’s hoping to sell these for between $2000 and $3000 each. So far, the reaction to his invention has been, shall we say, not positive.
Prior to their music careers, Sid Vicious and Johnny Rotten would often perform Alice Cooper covers on the streets for money. People would pay them to stop.
Street clock in Japan
If you have $1000 to spare, you can buy a tin can from Tiffany. As far as tin cans go, it’s a very nice one. It’s made with “Sterling silver and vermeil with Tiffany Blue enamel accent.” But at the end of the day, it’s still a tin can.
On October 24, 1975, 90% of Iceland’s female population went on strike, demanding equal rights. They did not work, do housework, or look after their kids for an entire day. In 1980, Iceland elected its first female president, who credits her win to this specific day.
A 21yo Alexander the Great was once surrounded by Greek tribes on hill positions, low on food. He ordered his men to conduct formation drills, in complete silence. With the enemy units engrossed in the weird spectacle, his forces roared and charged, taking the hills, the tribes fleeing in terror.
The USDA passed a law in 2016 allowing imported food from China to be labeled as “Product of USA”.
Paralympic medals have steel balls inside them which, when shaken, makes a rattling sound that helps notify visually impaired athletes to determine between medals. When shaken, each medal produces its own distinct sound.