90% of all scientists who have ever lived are alive today.
Reindeer aren’t native to Alaska. Sheldon Jackson purchased them from Siberia to help with the food shortages in the late 1800s. He brought in 16 and by the late 1930s there were 640,000.
Bobbi Gibb is the first woman to have run the entire Boston Marathon in 1966. At the time when women were banned from entering because of their gender,she entered the marathon wearing her brother’s Bermuda shorts and a hooded sweatshirt and finished the race unofficially.
20 ft long crocodiles used to have long legs, allowing them to emerge from water gallop at other animals at full speed.
When Romania made their ice hockey World Championship debut in 1931, they lost 0-15 to the US. Their captain approached the referee after the game and asked him to write a message on the official game sheet: ”Thank you for playing against us, we have learned a great deal from this game”.
NASA has a long standing tradition to wake up astronauts with a specially selected track of music each day, usually picked by friends or family members, called “Wake Up Calls”.
On December 10, 1987, a squirrel chewed through power lines and shut down the Nasdaq for 82 minutes, preventing the trading of approximately 20 million shares.
Princess Leia’s iconic double-bun hairstyle was inspired by ‘soldaderas’ – Mexican revolutionary rebel fighters from the turn of the 20th century.
In Norway Easter is known for “Påskekrim” (Easter Crime), when just about everyone in Norway reads crime novels, television and radio stations run crime serials, and newspapers publish special crime related literary supplements.
A young Saudi woman, who was flying to Australia to escape an arranged marriage, was forcibly removed from her flight and returned to Saudi Arabia because she didn’t have permission from her male guardian to travel.