In 1954 the USSR proposed a dam to the U.S. that would close off the Bering Straight. The Soviets claimed it would block arctic cold currents that flow down over Korea and the Sea of Japan, warming it as much as 30 degrees. The U.S. declined.
5,500 unexploded bombs from WWII are discovered in Germany each year.
Because birds such as pigeons have a much higher threshold for detecting movement, they would likely see a movie shown at today’s industry standard frame rate as a series of flashing slides
When Nadia Comaneci achieved the first perfect 10.00 score in gymnastics, the scoreboard wasn’t even capable of showing 2 digits. Instead it showed 1.00
Pewdiepie, a famous Youtuber sitting at the top with over 30 million subscribers; is one of the most well know figures among teenagers. He’s even more well known than Paul Walker, Katy Perry and even Jennifer Lawrence. He’s not at the top of the most well known either, Smosh and the Finebros beat him, taking the number 1 and 2 spot.
The first digital computer ever made, called the ABC had less than a KHz of processing speed, and only performed basic functions; yet it filled up an 1800 sq. foot room. If you fit as many iPhones as possible into an 1800 square foot room, you would be able to store 3456 iPhones. This would mean that you would have 4147.2 GHz processing speed, and 55296 Gigabytes of space. This would cost you 342,144$ to buy all of those iPhones. In today’s time the money that was donated to create the computer was around 83,000$ in today’s time.
After waiting more than 24 hours for treatment in an NYC psychiatric hospital, a woman collapsed, convulsed, and died in the waiting room and remained there for an hour before anyone checked on her.
Lyudmila Pavlichenko, a female Soviet sniper with 309 credited kills, toured the US in 1942 to gain support for a second front in Nazi-occupied Europe; the press was more interested in her appearance and if she wore make-up on the front lines.
One of the the bizarre effects of hypothermia is “Paradoxical Undressing” where the victim removes their clothes, speeding up heat loss.
U.S. Pennies dated 1944 – 1946 were minted with rifle and artillery-shell casings from WWII.
In 1915, San Diego hired a “rain maker” who used a secret mix of chemicals to “attract rain” for $10,000, payable if he filled their reservoir. It rained for most of January, destroying bridges, dams, and causing 20 deaths.
in 1946 an African American man impersonated Adolf Hitler and wrote letters to American fascists and Nazi supporters asking for money to fund a surprise attack.
The Buddha himself was not a vegetarian and did not urge his disciples to become vegetarian either. In matter of fact, earlier teachings actually encourage the consumption of meat. Even today, you’ll find Buddhists who still eat meat willingly.
The type of number called the “Tuple” (Single, Double, Triple, Quadruple) goes past ten, twenty, even fifty! The tuple for 25 is Quinvigintuple, the tuple for 100 is centuple, the tuple for 8 is octuple, etc.
When Eddie Murphy was on SNL in the early 80s, other cast members often had to go downstairs after shows to catch a cab for him because no cab drivers would stop for a young black man late at night.