A German U-boat mysteriously disappeared in 1945 and the sole survivor of its crew, who missed the voyage due to illness, found out about the fate of his shipmates in 1999 by watching a NOVA episode about the submarine.
In the original story Pinocchio squished the cricket to shut it up. It continued nagging him as a ghost.
Rationing in the United Kingdom during WWII actually increased life expectancy in the country, and decreased infant mortality. This was because all people were required to consume a varied diet. The only negative results being the increased time needed for meals to consume the necessary calories from bread and potatoes, and what they described as a “remarkable” increase in flatulence from the high amount of starch in the diet. The scientists also noted that their faeces had increased by 250% in volume.
A Texas school district is so small that one person “has been the superintendent, the principal, the third-to-sixth-grade teacher, the ESL instructor, the special-ed teacher, the repairman, the contractor”. Divine, Texas (about 20 students)’s school bus is a used white limousine.
Bumblebees are capable of flying at altitudes higher than Mt. Everest. Two bees were able to fly at simulated altitudes of 29,525 feet inside a plexiglass chamber. The plexiglass kept breaking before the bees stopped flying.
Niihau, the 7th largest island of Hawaii is completely privately owned by one family who seeks to maintain it as it was purchased in 1864 for $10,000 in gold, including the native population.
All astronauts have to learn how to speak Russian, and all cosmonauts have to learn how to speak English.
Until the late 1960s, men with long hair were prohibited from entering Disneyland because it did not meet the standards of Disney’s unwritten dress code. Employees were also prohibited from having any facial hair because visitors would associate it with un-American activities.
People with poor mathematical skills aren’t necessarily bad at math because they are ‘ungifted’. There is a phenomena called ‘Math Anxiety’ that makes people perform worse, which sometimes leads to math avoidance, which leads to lesser knowledge and consequently more Math anxiety.
In Japan, rōnin (the term for a masterless samurai) also nowadays refers to someone who is unemployed.