King Harald of Norway vowed to remain unmarried for life unless he could marry his true love, the daughter of a cloth merchant. She became the Queen of Norway.
A Greek prime minister in 1830′s tried to spread the potato in Greece but people weren’t interested so he put armed guards in front of shipments of potatoes so people would think they were important. People later started stealing these potatoes a lot which spread the crop to all of Greece.
On June 28, 2009 Stephen Hawking threw a party for time-travelers. He announced the party the day after it happened, and according to Hawking, no one came.
Applying male underarm sweat to a females lips helps relax women, boost their mood and help regulate their menstrual cycle.
When Martin Luther King Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize Atlanta threw him a celebration party that almost had to be cancelled due to opposition. Coca-Cola’s CEO threatened to take the company out of Atlanta out of embarrassment that the city’s people wouldn’t honor their Nobel Prize winner.
During the WWII, Germans developed a flamethrower mine. When activated, it spewed burning fuel over an area 15ft wide, 9ft tall, and 89ft long.
On May 30, 1883, a rumor that the Brooklyn Bridge was going to collapse caused a stampede, which killed at least twelve people. To prove the bridge was safe, P. T. Barnum led a parade of 21 elephants over it.
During Napoleons 6 day stay in Malta, he reformed national administration, created twelve municipalities, created a public finance administration, abolished all feudal privileges and slavery, framed a family code, nominated twelve judges and established public education.
Apollo 11 Astronauts couldn’t get life insurance prior to their launch so they gave themselves their own “life insurance policy made of autographs” that could be sold by their families if they did not return.
During the frenzied Evacuation of Saigon by American Troops in 1975, one Marine drove a bread truck full of prostitutes to an airstrip in town and put them on a C-141. He said they were all personal friends, and signed as responsible for them.
Hillary Clinton wrote a letter to NASA asking how she could become an astronaut. They responded by telling her girls could not become astronauts. She then decided to pursue politics to help break gender barriers.
Before the interstate highway system was established, it took a military convoy 62 days to cross the United States from coast to coast.
On average, happiness drops from around the age of 21 and doesn’t pick back up until the age of retirement.
Wheelchair athletes with spinal injuries will sometimes intentionally injure themselves on the lower body (e.g. break a toe), causing their bodies to respond by raising blood pressure and enhancing their performance. This practice has been banned as cheating.