Ernest Hemingway used to hunt U-Boats in his fishing boat with direction-finding equipment, a machine gun and hand grenades.
Twice a year the sun perfectly lines up with the streets of New York, creating a phenomenon known as Manhattanhenge.
A mother bear in a Chinese bile farm killed her cub and then herself because of the unbearable and inhumane conditions they were subjected to.
There is a mushroom that grows in the wild that tastes nearly identical to chicken/fried chicken.
A fortune cookie company once got the lottery numbers right, resulting in 110 winners and an investigation.
Hundreds of years ago most people would go to sleep early, wake up for about an hour in middle of night and do various things, and then go back to bed for a ‘second sleep’.
The poor in Haiti have to resort to eating cookies made of dirt just to give themselves the feeling of being full.
In 1995, St. Jude’s Hospital received an anonymous letter with a $1 million winning McDonald’s Monopoly game piece. Although it was against the rules to transfer prizes, McDonald’s honored it even after learning that the piece was sent by an individual involved in an embezzlement scheme.
The British flag has a correct way up, and that knowledgeable people can tell when it’s being flown upside down.
Mosquitoes survive collisions with rain drops by clinging to the droplet and riding it for a while.
The Mexican cartels created a private cell phone network with over 160 antennas, 150 repeaters and thousands of miles of coverage.
Bruce Lee carried a .357 magnum everywhere once he became famous as the guy no one could beat in a fight.
The first long-distance journey with an automobile was done by a woman in August 1888 without telling her husband. She had to buy gas at pharmacies and constantly refill cooling water from streams or ditches. At times she had to clean the blocked fuel line using a hat pin or insulating the worn-through ignition wire with the help of a garter. Also, she invented brake lining on the journey.
The founder of match.com, Gary Kremen, lost his girlfriend to a man she met on match.com.
After Rasputin was murdered, a group of people dug up his remains & burned them. As the body was being burned, Rasputin appeared to sit up in the flames, terrifying onlookers. This effect can be attributed to the heat, which caused his tendons to shrink, forcing the body to bend at the waist. Heat contraction could not, however, explain the death threats and screaming.