In the 15th century, King James IV conducted an experiment by sending a mute woman and two infants to an empty island to learn what the ‘natural human language’ would be.
Tibetans living at >4200m altitude have more than double the blood flow compared to people living at sea level, as a result of the low pressure at these altitudes.
In Oklahoma, it can take a teacher, with a degree, 11 years to reach QuikTrip’s starting salary for full-time employees with just a high school diploma.
In 2014 London Black Cabs protested against Uber by bringing gridlock across central London. Instead of damaging Uber, it brought a 850% increase in downloads of the app and hastened the black cabs decline.
Schizophrenic voices are shaped by local culture. Patients in America hear voices asking them to do violent things whereas in Africa and India the voices they hear are usually of dead relatives or nice voices offering comfort.
In 1916, the German Empire allowed citizens to take passport photos with their dogs.
The average Dutch person cycles around 620 miles (1,000km) annually.
One of Thomas Edison’s oddest inventions was a voice-driven sewing machine operated by blowing into a mouthpiece. It never caught on.
The first person ever to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel and survive was Annie Taylor on October 24, 1901. She hoped her feat would bring her fame and fortune but she died in poverty.