In 1999, Douglas Adams founded h2g2.com, The Hitchhiker’s Guide the Galaxy: Earth Edition, a “constantly expanding, user-generated guide to life, the universe and everything,” two years before Wikipedia launched.
The license plate of Agent Smith’s car in the Matrix Reloaded is “IS 5416” – referencing Isaiah 54:16, which states “Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have the waster to destroy.”
After WWI, the US began forced sterilization to prevent ‘imbeciles’ and ‘promiscuous’ individuals from having children in order to clean up the gene pool.
There’s an ice cream that changes color as you eat it.
A Vietnam war American sniper volunteered to crawl for 3 days across 2000m of open field containing an enemy headquarters, took a single shot that killed an NVA General and then crawled back out without being spotted.
LSD cured a holocaust survivor from Auschwitz’s PTSD and allowed him to sleep for the first time in 30 years without nightmares.
In 1999 chess Grandmaster Garry Kasparov played The World in a game of chess that lasted over four months. Over 50,000 people from more than 75 countries participated in the game with moves being decided by majority vote. Garry ended up winning on turn 62 when 51% of The World decided to resign.
There’s a theme park in Japan where kids can experience adult life (working, banking, etc).
Classical and heavy metal music attract listeners with similar personalities but dissimilar ages. Younger people of the personality type like metal, older counterparts like classical. Both share their motivation: to hear something dramatic and theatrical, a “love of the grandiose.”