Netflix, iTunes, Hulu and Amazon have all refused to stream the 200th and 201st episode of South Park due to the appearance of Muhammad in them. They are currently unavailable to watch anywhere legally as South Park was also forced to partially censor the episodes on the DVD releases.
Hitler loved pranks. He once tricked a high ranking Nazi into thinking he was going on a suicide mission, causing him to escape, hand himself over to the allies and give up vital info.
Before trees were common, Earth was covered by giant mushrooms.
In “A.I. Artificial Intelligence”, child actor Haley Joel Osment suggested to Steven Spielberg that to portray an Android well he shouldn’t blink. Osment does not blink once during the entire film.
When Samuel Adams received a female slave as a wedding gift, he insisted that “a slave can not live in my house; if she comes she must be free.” He was able to free her after years of writing emancipation papers, and treated her as an equal family member throughout that time.
Alcohol is prohibited in the British Parliament with one exception: the chancellor can drink while delivering the annual budget statement.
In 1910, President Roosevelt supported a bill that would have released hippopotamuses into Louisiana to eat an invasive plant species and to provide delicious hippo bacon to hungry Americans.
It snowed 8 inches on the eve of John F. Kennedy’s inauguration. To clear Pennsylvania Avenue, an army of men worked all night, using flame-throwers.
In Russia, some rich people hire “ambulance taxis” to beat Moscow’s traffic jams.
One reason for a mother’s impulse to kiss her newborn baby: the mother ingests the bacteria/viruses on baby’s skin, then her immune cells create antibodies that go into her breast milk, thus protecting the baby from imminent infection.
City birds have learned to line their nests with cigarette butts in order to ward of parasites, as burnt nicotine works as an insecticide to ward off mites, lice and fleas.
On average, every person older than 15 in colonial America drank the equivalent of 7 shots of alcohol per day.
Roughly 2/3 of the US population lives within 100 miles of the border.
The US Government presumes a business to be “socially and economically disadvantaged” if it’s owner is Black, Hispanic, Native American, Asian, or a Woman.
Bedlam, Bethlem Royal Hospital, may surely be one of the most famous psychiatric institutions in the world. Its been around since 1247 and is infamous as a lunatic asylum. In the 18th century people used to go to Bedlam to stare at the lunatics. For a penny one could peer into their cells, view the freaks of the “show of Bethlehem” and laugh at their antics, generally of a sexual nature or violent fights. Entry was free on the first Tuesday of the month. Visitors were permitted to bring long sticks with which to poke and enrage the inmates. In 1814 alone, there were 96,000 such visits.