Hitler used amphetamines to “enhance” his troops, and there was even an incident where Russians stumbled upon German troops who wasted all their ammo during amphetamine-induced psychosis.
Coca-Cola was originally sweetened with wine. Before the wine was switched out for sugar, it was known as “Pemberton’s French Wine Coca”. It was a 1886 prohibition law enacted in Atlanta that caused its inventor, Dr. John S. Pemberton, to rewrite the formula.
Shakuntala Devi, an Indian mental calculator, was asked to give the 23rd root of a 201-digit number; she answered in 50 seconds. Her answer was confirmed by calculations done at the US Bureau of Standards for which a special program had to be written to perform such a large calculation.
A woman accidentally dropped her engagement ring into a homeless man’s change cup. The man, Billy Ray Harris, returned the ring to the woman. A fund was started by the woman and her husband to raise money for Harris. Three months later they had raised over $190,000.
Cows enjoy solving problems and have been known to jump into the air excitedly when they finally crack a tough one.
In an emergency coconut water can be used as a blood plasma.
There are fish that live under Antarctica, beneath 740 meters of ice in a 10-meter-deep section of water. Scientists are still unsure on how they manage to sustain themselves.
Atheism was banned within the Nazi SS. All SS men were required to list themselves as Protestant, Catholic or “believer in God”. Atheism was outlawed within the SS as Himmler believed it to be a form of egotism that placed the individual at the center of the universe, and thus constituted a rejection of the SS principle of valuing the collective over the individual.
“Schoolhouse Rock!” was produced because the creator noticed one of his sons, who was having trouble in school remembering the multiplication tables, knew the lyrics to then-current rock songs.
When Martin Luther King Jr.’s Nobel Peace Prize celebration dinner was not well supported the then CEO of Coca-Cola threatened to pull the company out of Atlanta out of embarrassment.
Wasabi was originally eaten with sushi to kill bacteria and parasites in the fish. Now with better sanitary conditions it’s not needed and eaten just out of habit.
Early NYC dive bars had no glasses, only barrels of booze connected to rubber tubes. For three cents you were allowed to drink till you ran out of breath.
Jim Morrison, on LSD, was listening for the first time to “Joy to the World” – better known as “Jeremiah was a Bullfrog” – when he saw a monkey run into the room, start dancing, and juggling Christmas ornaments. It was not an hallucination.
Pimps wear lots of gold jewelry bought at pawn shops to “re-pawn” for bail money since cash is confiscated upon arrest but jewelry is not.
A 90 year old woman locked a police officer in her basement for searching her house without a warrant. She then sued the city and received a $95,000 settlement.