In 2006, it took Akira Haraguchi, a retired Japanese engineer, 16 hours to recite the first 100,000 digits of pi from memory only. To prove that the exercise was legitimate, everything was filmed, even his trips to the toilet. Despite this, he has yet to receive a Guinness World Record.
The day after Robin Williams’s suicide, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline fielded the greatest number of calls in its history.
If Louisiana was its own country, it would have the highest incarceration rate in the world.
Gold miners in Peru are clear-cutting forests, washing down the soil with high pressure hoses and putting mercury on the slurry to mine gold, ruining everything they touch.
James Buchanan Duke is credited as the inventor of the cigarette, made billions, and Duke University is named in his honor.
In 2007, a US Marine in Iraq befriended a stray desert dog called Nubs. After someone stabbed the dog with a screwdriver, the marine nursed him back to health, developing such a bond that when the unit left, Nubs picked up the scent and walked 70 miles through Iraqi desert warzone to be with him.
Stephen King threw away his original drafts of “Carrie” because he couldn’t write from a woman’s perspective. His wife retrieved them and launched his career.
According to John Deere farmers don’t own the tractors but merely have “an implied license for the life of the vehicle to operate the vehicle” and claims it is illegal to access to the diagnostic software because someone might pirate music from the system.
The average height of a human being stayed constant from the stone age all the way until the 1800’s, yet the average human today is four inches taller on average than 150 years ago.
In 1974, a then-unknown Queen performed at an Australian festival to a mean-spirited, drunken crowd. Before finishing, Freddie Mercury told them that Queen would be “one of the biggest bands in the world” the next time they visited. When they came back, they were at the top of the charts.
There is a 155 chapter long book that makes sense no matter what chapter you choose to read first or last.
Russia and USA are only 3.8km (2.3 miles) apart at the nearest point.
Canadian soldier Leo Major made so much noise during a battle in WW2 that he made the German army think that the entire Canadian army was invading.
Until 1990, there was a McDonald’s store that operated outside the control of McDonalds corporation. It was franchised by the original McDonald brothers, and was completely independent.