There is a micro nation in Nevada named Molossia that consists only of a house, front yard and back yard. It also declared war on east Germany.
A group of people watching a movie tend to blink in unison. Every minute, you lose six seconds of visual information. But lucky for you, you subconsciously control the timing of your blinks to ensure that you don’t miss anything important. Thus it stands to reason that people watching the same movie at the same time would blink at the same time to miss the same unimportant stuff. And they do.
An orangutan from a zoo reintroduced to the wild in Borneo began spear fishing after watching local fisherman.
40% of Australian women have DD sized boobs, or larger.
Nearly 10% of Canadians have had sex in a canoe.
A woman in Mexico performed a successful Caesarean section on herself without any medical training.
Saturn’s moon Titan has riverine valleys like Earth, except they are formed by flowing liquid methane. Of course, it also rains methane, but the drops are twice as large as rain on earth and fall at a fifth of the speed.
It also has volcanoes that spew a “magma” that is water and ammonia, and at -100C has the same viscosity as molten rock.
Also, the atmosphere is so thick, and the gravity so weak, if you were to strap wings to your arms like Daedalus you could fly.
People who are famous and successful have shorter lives. The average age at death of performers and athletes, 77.2 years, wasn’t exactly young, but it was younger than those who had achieved success in other fields. Businesspeople and their ilk lived longest. In fact, their average age at death, 83 years, was higher than the national average for 2010 of 78.7 years.
Philanthropists, academics, and doctors were more likely than others to die of “old age,” a diagnosis that occurred least often for performers, athletes, and creatives.
After Merriam-Webster added “McJob”–defined: a low-paying job that requires little skill and provides little opportunity for advancement–to their dictionary, McDonald’s asked for it to be removed. They responded with “we stand by the accuracy and appropriateness of our definition.“
When people attempt suicide and fail, their income increases by an average of 20.6 percent. The more serious the attempt, the larger the boost. “Hard suicide” attempts, in which luck is the only reason the suicide fails, result in a 36.3 percent increase in income.
Kim Jong Il was the largest customer of Hennessy in the world, spending over $650,000 a year on it.
Robert Downey Jr. pissed in jars and left them lying around the set of “Zodiac” to protest not having enough time to go to his trailer and relax.
In 2006, The FBI planted an informant in a Southern California mosque who pretended to be a radical Muslim and the Muslims at the mosque reported him to the FBI.