The Soviet Union lasted long enough to be given it’s own internet domain name, .su, which it received only 15 months before dissolving.
In 1974, German artist Joseph Beuys arrived in America for the first time. Upon landing at the airport, he was transported by ambulance directly to the Rene Block Gallery in New York City. He emerged from the ambulance wrapped in a grey felt blanket and was then placed in a room with a wild coyote where he spent the next three days.
According to kidsofdada.com: “The coyote’s behavior changed throughout the three days, becoming sometimes cautious, detached, aggressive and then friendly.” Also, at one point, “Fifty new copies of the Wall Street Journal were added to the closed space, which the coyote acknowledged by urinating on them.”
After the three days were up, Beuys was again wrapped in the felt blanket and was returned to the airport.
Beuys called this performance art piece “I like America and America likes me.”
Two women tried to smuggle their dead relative’s body onto a flight by putting him in a wheelchair and putting sunglasses on him. It was only when airport staff tried to check him in and he wouldn’t respond that suspicions were raised.
Disney threatened to sue three daycare centers in Hallandale, Florida for the unauthorized use of their characters. Universal Studios responded by giving the daycares the permission to paint their licensed characters, including those from Hanna-Barbera.
Some Chinese companies hire white actors to pretend to be foreign businessmen so that the companies can seem more connected globally.
There is such an expansive collection of books under the British library in their archive, that if a person could read 5 books per day it would take the 80,000 years to complete.
A man running from a police helicopter using thermal imaging tried to fool the TI cameras by hiding in fresh manure. It didn’t work.
In 2004, farmers in India used Pepsi and Coca Cola instead of pesticides because they were cheaper and got the job done just as well.
The inventor of the web, Tim Berners-Lee, has one regret: adding the double slash // to URLs. In retrospect, he says, it was totally unnecessary.