Up until the early ’90’s, appliances sold in Britain were NOT required to have a plug on them. If you purchased a toaster, you were expected to buy a plug and wire it in.
Keiko, the orca who starred in Free Willy was released in the wild in July of 2002 after being in captivity for 23 years. A few weeks after his release, he showed up at a Norwegian fjord in hopes of seeking human contact and would even give children rides on his back.
A jobless Irish lady who won a lotto jackpot of $46m, now plans to donate all but $2m to her town and to give local people a chance. She said “I know what it’s like to have nothing …that’s why I’m giving it away – I can’t miss what I never had.”
Mariya Oktyabrskaya, who’s husband died in WW2 so she sold all of her belongings and built a tank “The Angry Girlfriend” for revenge. Mariya, often disregarding orders not to, would leap out of her tank and repair the tank, amidst heavy fire. She became the first female tanker to ever win the Hero of the Soviet Union award.
Africa’s true size isn’t shown on standard maps and it’s larger than China, West Europe, and the US combined.
King Tut was mummified with an erection.
There was a death metal band whose lead vocalist was a parrot.
In 1995 the Church of Scientology imprisoned, dehydrated and starved a mentally ill woman for 17 days until she died.
When faced with belligerence in bars, James Joyce would hide behind Ernest Hemingway, his drinking buddy, and shout, “Deal with him, Hemingway! Deal with him!”
One of the top things people regret when they are dying is that they worked too hard.
A pair of soft drinks were sold in Singapore called Anything and Whatever. While each offered six flavors, the cans were identical, so you didn’t know what flavor you were going to get.
Charles Rigoulot a french weightlifter was jailed for hitting a Nazi guard, but broke out of his jail cell by bending the bars. He allowed other prisoners to escape as well. Then beat the guard who jailed him.
Scientists have genetically altered chickens to express DNA that their dinosaur ancestors once possessed. Eventually, they grew teeth.
Medals won by US Olympians are considered earned income and therefore subjected to an IRS taxation – up to 39%.
Tokyo has a self-declared superhero who calls himself Mangetsu Man. He keeps his identity secret by wearing a purple bodysuit, with a big yellow smiley head; and his self-described job is to keep the city trash free.