The term “Hippie” is derived from the term “Hipster,” which described jazz fans in the 1940’s. Hipsters were known for pot smoking and sarcasm.
Hawaii once attempted to combat homelessness by providing one way tickets back to the mainland for any homeless person who wanted one.
A judge once tried to sue an immigrant dry cleaners for $67 Million after they “lost” his pants, claiming inconvenience, mental anguish, attorney’s fees for representing himself, and as a result of their failure to live up to a “satisfaction guaranteed” sign that was displayed in the store.
A man escaped from a German prison by hiding in a cardboard box, which was then taken outside of the prison by courier.
Scientists have successfully created cheese using human bacteria collected from toes and belly buttons.
During prohibition in the US an exemption was made for whiskey prescribed by a doctor and sold through a pharmacy. The Walgreens pharmacy chain grew from 20 retail stores to almost 500 during this period, from 1920 to 1933.
On September 15 1989, NASA published a comprehensive report on house plants that are best for cleaning indoor air pollution.
A family won Extreme Home Makeover due to having adopted 5+ kids. After the house was finished, all of the children were “returned” or sent to other foster parents.
The United States Postal service delivers mail daily via mules, to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Each mule carries about 130 pounds of mail, food, supplies and furniture down the 8-mile trail to the Havasupai Indians at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, averaging 4,000 pounds per day.
The word “ok” as we know it today, as a synonym for “alright”, is only about 175 years old. It was originally written as a joke that went viral in 1839 by a Boston editorial writer satirizing people’s bad grammar and use of abbreviations, and was an abbreviation for “oll korrect”.