A Roman merchant who sold fake jewels was sentenced to face a lion in the arena. When the gate finally opened, a chicken walked out. Emperor Gallienus proclaimed “He practiced deceit and then had it practiced on him.”
Coca-Cola was originally marketed for whites, while Pepsi was marketed for blacks.
The Crips street gang was originally formed as a Neighborhood Watch to eliminate criminal gangs by force.
Some Hiroshima survivors grew “black fingernails,” which were strange rod-shaped fingernails that contained active blood vessels and bled profusely when they broke off.
Every year, Finland increases in surface area by about 7 square kilometers per year because it is rebounding from the weight of ice age glaciers and rising out of the sea.
In 1998, a man was tricked into being a Japanese reality-show where he was kept solitary in a room for 15 months until he could win $10k in mail-in sweepstakes. Also, he had to be naked the whole time and had no idea he was being broadcast on TV, being watched by millions of people.
Newgrange in Ireland is older than both Stonehenge and the pyramids in Giza. On the morning of the winter solstice every year the rising sun shines down the entrance passageway and illuminates the burial chamber at the end. This only happens for a few minutes, once a year.
In 2007, a Bowhead whale was discovered with the head of an explosive harpoon embedded deep under its neck blubber. The projectile was manufactured in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1890.