In 1944, Lt Leon Crane bailed out of a malfunctioning plane, survived in Alaskan wilderness for 81 days, and walked 120 miles to safety.
There were homeless shelters where you could sleep for 4 pennies in a coffin, hence the name Four Penny Coffin. For 1 penny you could sit on a bench all night but weren’t allowed to fall asleep. For 2 pennies you could sit on a bench and lean on a rope and catch some sleep.
The last WW2 POW to be repatriated was a Hungarian soldier who sat in a Russian mental hospital for 53 years before a linguist realized that he wasn’t actually talking gibberish.
Japan requires citizens between the ages of 45 and 74 to have their waistlines measured once a year and are expected to fall within an established range. Companies and local governments may face fines if their employees are overweight and do not meet these guidelines.
Some jails offer upgraded cells, for roughly $75 to $127/day, the convicts get a small cell behind a regular door, distance from violent offenders and, in some cases, the right to bring an iPod or computer.
In December 1939, a ten year old Martin Luther King Jr. was dressed as a slave and sang in a boy’s choir at the premiere of the film “Gone With the Wind.” Two black actresses in the film were prevented from attending the premiere due to segregation laws.
Scottish soldier Gregor MacGregor claimed he was made the leader of a country in Latin America which did not exist and then proceeded to earn himself a fortune by selling land and government bonds of said fictitious country to wealthy British and French investors.
NASA Astronaut Owen Garriott successfully pranked flight controllers by playing a recording of his wife whilst on SkyLab. There were no women on board the space station and was used to make it look like there was a stowaway.
“For the health of strippers,” Louisiana tried to pass a bill limiting strippers’ age and weight to under 28 yo and under 160 lbs.
During truce talks between North and South Korea, each country would attempt to have the biggest flag on their table. If S.K. brought a large table flag, the N.K. would bring an even larger flag to the next meeting. This ended when both parties had a meeting which set table flag size standards.