There is a species of fish that lives on land all its adult life.
Last surviving witness to the Abraham Lincoln assassination lived long enough to be interviewed about it on television.
Traditional naming customs of Iceland differ in that they follow no family lineage. Men are named after their father. I.e. If Jon has a son named Olaf, his name is Olaf Jonsson. If Olaf then has a son named Magnus, his name is Magnus Olafsson. It is not uncommon to go back and forth between two names. E.g. Olaf Jonsson might name his son Jon Olafsson, who would name his son Olaf. Women are similar with the suffix ‘dottir’.
Some of the worst charities donate less than 4% of their donations to the actual cause they’re promoting. One cancer charity even paid $18m to a company to solicit funds, the company being owned the charity president’s son.
In the USA, 10,000+ toddlers age 2-3 are being prescribed Ritalin and Adderall to treat behavioral disorder.
Spaghetti carbonara was once considered a poor man’s dish because the 3 main ingredients were things the peasants were always certain to have on hand: bacon, a little cheese, and eggs.
When the mathematician George Dantzig was studying in Berkeley, he solved two open problems in statistical theory which he had mistaken for homework after arriving late to a lecture.
Romania shipped 93.4 TONES of gold to Russia in 1916 so that Russia would safe keep the Romanian Treasure in the Kremlin until the end of the war. And, as of 2014, they gave back only 33 kg of it.
The more educated you are in a field, the more likely you are to buy generic brands related to that field. For example, pharmacists more likely to buy generic aspirin than name-brand.
There are NYC taxis that are actually undercover cop cars.
Japanese police fire paint-balls at fleeing vehicles so that other police vehicles can see them and to identify them at a later date if they get away. The paint is Bright orange and difficult to remove.
Four submarines from various nations around the world were all lost a few months apart in 1968. None of the losses were ever explained.
The Swedish warship Vasa, which famously sank in 1628 less than a mile into its maiden voyage, was built asymmetrically. Archaeologists have found four rulers used by the workers; two turned out to be based on Swedish feet with 12 inches. The other two used Amsterdam feet, with 11 inches.
In 1994, former Guns N Roses bassist Duff McKagan decided to invest $100k in local Seattle companies, including an expanding chain of coffee shops, a software company and an online book seller – Starbucks, Microsoft and Amazon.