In 539BC, Persian King Cyrus the Great issued the first ever decree on human rights. He freed slaves, declared that all people had the right to choose their own religion, and established racial equality.
A giant “Welcome to Cleveland” sign on a rooftop in the flight path of a Milwaukee airport has been causing “panic and outrage” to passengers arriving by air for over 37 years. The creator’s reasoning: “Living in the world is not a dress rehearsal. You better have fun with it.”
The Hindu religion states that science only offers a limited view of reality, but all it offers is right and correct, meaning that the religion by it’s nature cannot contradict science, leading to the the majority of even highly religious Hindus accepting evolution as fact.
In 1990 disabled activists got out of their wheelchairs and crawled up the steps of the Capitol, inconveniencing Senators to encourage a vote on the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The last McDonalds hamburger sold in Iceland (from 2008) is rotting in a museum. And you can watch the livefeed.
Sailors used to measure the proof of their rum by mixing it with gunpowder and igniting it. Only the rum that exploded had a good alcohol concentration.
The biggest squid ever caught weighed an estimated 990 pounds and about 39 feet long. If calamari rings were made from the squid they would be the size of tractor tires.
Richard Johnson, the 9th Vice-President of the USA, literally owned his wife. Slave Julia Chinn was 1/8ths African and was inherited by Johnson after his father’s death. Interracial marriage was illegal, so Johnson kept her as his “slave.”
Research shows that students who write out their notes on paper actually learn more than those taking notes by typing.
Volkswagen was sued by Czechoslovakian car maker Tatra before WWII because the original Beetle was so similar to the Tatra T97. After Germany invaded Czechoslovakia in 1938 the lawsuit was cancelled by the Nazis.