The Pentagon is 6.5M square ft (2X the Empire State Building) and is occupied by 23,000 people, making it the biggest office building in the world. Also, it was designed so that no point in the building is more than a 10 minutes walk from another point. Construction took just 16 months.
A dog that chased away a suicide bomber in Afghanistan and saved the lives of 50 US soldiers was accidentally euthanized in a dog shelter in Arizona.
From the late 18th to mid-19th century, it was considered bad for women to read novels based on the belief that women were not “able to differentiate between fiction and life.”
Google Trends is now showing that there have been more searches for the keyword ‘memes’ than ‘Jesus’.
Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker is a trained opera singer who can sing opera in seven different languages.
Abraham Lincoln patented a mechanism to lift boats over shoals and obstructions, making him the only US president to hold a patent.
One man is largely responsible for the complete ban on advertising billboards in the US state of Vermont.
During the Cold War, so little information was available about the USSR’s government that Kremlinologists studied the order Soviet leaders appeared (or didn’t appear) during parades, and the timing and spacing between them, to see who was powerful and who had lost influence.
Before Chernobyl, the Soviets had another massive nuclear disaster that occurred on 29 September 1957 and contaminated over 20,000 square km. The area was turned into a preserve to cover up the accident. The CIA knew of the accident, but also covered it up in order to protect the fledgling US nuclear industry from hysteria.