Dennis Wilson, the only member of the Beach Boys who could actually surf, died by drowning.
During prohibition a jury that had heard a bootlegging case was itself put on trial after it drank the evidence. They said they did it to determine whether or not it contained alcohol.
Stephen King wrote “Carrie” on an old typewriter while living in a trailer. He threw away the first 3 pages thinking he had written “the world’s all time loser.” His wife fished the pages out and pushed him to finish it. It turned out to be his first published novel.
California’s official state animal is extinct.
Mexican-American composer, Conlon Nancarrow, made pieces of music for player pianos with abnormal time signatures usually consisting of square root values and pi like 1/√π/√⅔.
Twin brothers ran a marathon. Halfway through the race they switched places in a toilet. The 1st brother drove ahead while his twin ran, rejoining the race ahead finishing 9th winning R6000. A keen eyed journalist noticed the two wore their watches on opposite hands in different pics.
Until late 1942, it was common for German U-boats to provide torpedoed survivors with food, water, and the direction of the nearest landmass. This ended when a U-boat towing lifeboats and flying the Red Cross flag was attacked by a US bomber.
A young boy once pocketed a few giant African Land Snails while on vacation in Hawaii. When he returned home to Florida and got bored of it, his grandmother released them in the backyard, starting an invasion of foot long snails in Florida.
Mohammed declared in a charter, that Muslims were to protect Christians until the end of the world. Christians weren’t to be persecuted in Muslim countries and wouldn’t be drafted into the military.
In many European countries they have “Social Supermarkets” that allow the poor to buy discarded goods from normal supermarkets at very cheap prices.
In 1941, more than three million cars were manufactured in the United States. Only 139 more were made during the entire war. By the end of the war, more than half of all industrial production in the world would take place in the United States.
People in the UK driving on the left dates back to the 1700’s where travelers would keep passers by on their right in case they were a bandit, this meant their sword hand was at the ready to draw if needed.