Researchers in Tokyo have developed a mirror that tweaks the viewer’s reflection in real-time to make it look like they’re smiling. The projected application for this tech is for use in shopping mall bathrooms, in hopes that happier shoppers will buy more.
The idea of having the Olympic torch run from ancient Olympia to the host country was invented by the Nazis for the 1936 Berlin Summer Games.
In 1945, a B-25 bomber pilot crashed into the Empire State Building’s elevator shaft, snapping the cable. By the time the carriage reached the bottom, a thousand feet of cable had piled up beneath it acting like a spring, which allowed the lone occupant in the car to escape injured but alive.
An episode of ‘Peppa Pig’ had to be banned in Australia because it taught children that spiders aren’t that scary. It was considered too dangerous to teach Australian kids that spiders are not to be feared.
One out of every 21 New Yorkers is a millionaire.
East Germany lives on – as a tiny island off Cuba. In 1972, Fidel Castro gifted the island to East Germany. The island was not addressed in the 1990 reunification, and as such is still technically East German territory, even though the nation no longer exists.
Due to the intense mining, Russian city of Norilsk is one of the most polluted cities in the world. Locals are systematically complaining of breathing problems caused by the toxic environment. As if that was not enough, nine underground nuclear explosions for peaceful purposes, including research and mining exploration, were conducted by the Soviet regime. The cancer rates in that area are twice higher than anywhere in Russia.
St. Lawrence was roasted to death on a hot grill. In defiance he said “Turn me over – I’m done on this side!”. He is now Patron Saint of Comedians.
In 1962, French explorer Michael Siffre spent two months in complete isolation buried in a cave below a glacier. His sense of time collapsed but his body continued to maintain a daily rhythm.