So many people died by ringing church bells in storms, due to the belief that it would disperse thunder, that the practice was banned by the Parlement of Paris.
A community of ex-slaves spoke their native language and carried on their tribal customs and traditions into the 1950s in Alabama.
Operation Wandering Soul, also known as “Ghost Tape Number 10”, was an audio mix the US military used for psychological operations in the Vietnam War against the North Vietnamese. It played deeply on the Vietnamese belief of ancestor worship, spirits and the afterlife.The Wandering Soul was played on loudspeakers installed on helicopters, PCF boats or by infantry ‘loudspeaker teams’ on known enemy areas usually at night deep within the jungle.
The first Black American to become a President is Joseph Jenkins Roberts, who was born a free man in Virginia, moved to Liberia, then became their first President in 1848.
An Indian farmer discovered he had been declared legally dead when he tried to apply for a bank loan, then spent 19 years trying to prove to the government he was actually alive.
Whenever you move your eyes quickly from one point to another point, there is a disconnect between your eyes and brain, so your perception of time stretches backwards slightly. This is why, when you first look at a clock, it appears to take longer than a second to move.
Former US president, Franklin Roosevelt, proposed a second Bill of Rights that assured US citizens such things like the right to a job with a living wage, adequate medical care, the right to a decent home, and the right to a good education.
In 1978 Soviet Geologists found a family of six surviving in the middle of Siberia who hadn’t seen another human since 1936.
Some restaurants in China lace their food with opiates to keep customers coming back.
A bonobo named Kanzi once asked for “fire” and “marshmallows” using lexigrams while on a hike in the woods. His trainer gave him matches and some marshmallows and he broke twigs, made a fire, and roasted the marshmallows over it.