Some jails offer upgraded cells, for roughly $75 to $127/day, the convicts get a small cell behind a regular door, distance from violent offenders and, in some cases, the right to bring an iPod or computer.
In December 1939, a ten year old Martin Luther King Jr. was dressed as a slave and sang in a boy’s choir at the premiere of the film “Gone With the Wind.” Two black actresses in the film were prevented from attending the premiere due to segregation laws.
Scottish soldier Gregor MacGregor claimed he was made the leader of a country in Latin America which did not exist and then proceeded to earn himself a fortune by selling land and government bonds of said fictitious country to wealthy British and French investors.
NASA Astronaut Owen Garriott successfully pranked flight controllers by playing a recording of his wife whilst on SkyLab. There were no women on board the space station and was used to make it look like there was a stowaway.
“For the health of strippers,” Louisiana tried to pass a bill limiting strippers’ age and weight to under 28 yo and under 160 lbs.
During truce talks between North and South Korea, each country would attempt to have the biggest flag on their table. If S.K. brought a large table flag, the N.K. would bring an even larger flag to the next meeting. This ended when both parties had a meeting which set table flag size standards.
There is a mushroom that is only found in two specific locations: Texas and Japan, 6800 miles/11000km apart.
The man who led the attack on Pearl Harbor became a Christian evangelist after the war and settled in the US.
Michael Dell, founder of Dell Inc., once had a high school summer job selling newspaper subscriptions for the Houston Post. By targeting the demographics of newlyweds and recent home buyers, Dell made $18,000 in one summer, exceeding the yearly payroll of two of his teachers.