In ancient Phoenician Sardinia, whenever elderly people were…

In ancient Phoenician Sardinia, whenever elderly people were no longer able to support themselves, they were given a neurotoxic plant called “sardonic herb” and thrown off of a cliff. It is the source of the term “sardonic grin” because of the facial expression the plant caused following death.

At a launch site in South Dakota, the entrance to the underground missile launch control…

minuteman-croppedAt a launch site in South Dakota, the entrance to the underground missile launch control center is sealed by a blast-proof door painted like a Domino’s Pizza logo, and hand-lettered text on the door reads “World-wide delivery in 30 minutes or less, or your next one is free”.

Caligula did what he could to embarrass and humiliate senate members…

Caligula did what he could to embarrass and humiliate senate members. He had a favorite horse, Incatitus, whom he clothed in the finest robes, suitable for the nobility. Caligula gave Incitatus 18 servants, a marble stable, an ivory manger and a jeweled collar. He required that those passing by bow to his horse and demanded that it be fed oats mixed with flex of gold and wine delivered by fine goblets. Often, the invitations were sent from the palace in the horse’s name. Incatitus was allowed to eat dinner at the emperor’s table. Dignitaries were forced to tolerate the horse as a guest of honor at banquets. Also, Caligula attempted to make Incatitus either a senator or a priest before the emperor’s death.

People in the service industry often use codes when speaking about something

People in the service industry often use codes when speaking about something they don’t want the people around to know about.
These are some of those codes:

“Inspector Sands” – Used in the British subways. If you hear the loudspeaker calling for “Inspector Sands”, it means there is a fire in the control room.

“Time Check, the time is …” – Used in stores. If you hear it over the loudspeaker, it means there could be a bomb in the building.

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