The Eiffel Tower requires 50 to 60 tonnes of paint to cover the entire structure. The tower is also painted a lighter shade at the bottom and a darker shade near the top to counteract the effect of atmospheric perspective.
Americans spend around $30 billion in lawn care, annually.
There is a pet penguin named La La in Japan. Everyday he walks into town by himself with a backpack and collects fish from the local fish market.
Burger King had a promotion where if you unfriend 10 people on Facebook you get a free whopper.
In July 1984 President Ronald Reagan called ice cream “a nutritious and wholesome food” and established National Ice Cream Month.
Poet Stanislaw Jerzy Lec survived a German concentration camp by killing his guard with a shovel that was given to him to dig his own grave – and then escaping in the guards uniform.
In 1946, a four year old Australian boy was flown to San Francisco to receive cancer treatment. Instead, he got caught in a Manhattan Project experiment and was injected with plutonium. He died one year later.
Some German cities have public “art libraries” where you pay up to five Euros to borrow paintings and sculptures from local artists to put into your own home for several months.
After his success in the Harry Potter films Rupert Grint bought a 1974 Mr Whippy Bedford van to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming an ice cream man. He drives around local villages giving free ice cream and lollipops to children.
Psychologist B. F. Skinner got pigeons to repeat strange “rituals” by dropping food into their cage at random intervals — the birds associated their actions before the treats with reward, and demonstrated superstitious repetition of those actions.
Fran Capo currently holds the Guinness record as the fastest talking woman in the world — 603.32 words in 54.2 seconds. Here she demonstrates her talent as well as the frenetic personality that unsurprisingly accompanies her unique skills…
Catherine Yass has been nominated for a Turner Prize, so this means that she’s a serious artist. Nevertheless, her plan to drop a piano off the top of a 27-story building in London, as a way to allow the community to “explore how sound travels,” has been vetoed by the local housing association. Locals apparently feared her plan was “dangerous and ludicrous.”
Johnny Cash took only one music lesson, after which his teacher told him, “Always do it your way.”
In the traditional aboriginal Canadian version of Lacrosse, each team consisted of about 100 to 1,000 men on a field that stretched from about 500 meters to 3 kilometers long. These lacrosse games lasted from sunup to sundown for two to three days straight.
Males in the United States are still legally required to register for the draft within 30 days of their 18th birthday and can be fined up to $250000 for non-compliance.