A Raven named Jimmy has starred in over 1,000 films between the 30s and 50s and could understand several hundred words and it took him just 1 week to learn a new word, 2 weeks if it had two syllables. His footprints were enshrined in cement at a large Los Angeles pet store, alongside Lassie.
The Mona Lisa has no clearly visible eyelashes or eyebrows. In 2007, an engineer used high resolution scans to show the painting was originally painted with clearly visible eyebrows or eyelashes and they gradually disappeared over time, possibly because of over-cleaning.
There have been more deaths in Chicago from gang violence than troops killed in Afganistan since 2001.
The welfare state was originally a right-wing invention by arch-conservative Otto von Bismarck. Bismarck hated socialism, but he wasn’t an ideologue. He figured out that if you don’t provide a minimum safety net to workers, they will be persuaded by the socialists.
Arctic explorer Peter Freuchen formed a chisel out of his own frozen feces to free himself from an avalanche. He then amputated his own frozen toes with a hammer… without anesthesia.
A loyal dog once stopped his owner from committing suicide by knocking the gun out of the owner’s hand.
Michigan has a second-tier DUI law, known as the ‘Super Drunk Law’, for BACs over 0.17.
In 2008 a man struck a deal with prosecutors agreeing to plead guilty to murder in exchange for a bucket of KFC & some Popeyes chicken.
Between 2004-2006, more than 500 Indian workers were lured into working for shipyards in America with the promise of American citizenship. The company sent them into a labor camp, held their passports, extorted them with lies about various fees, and threatened them with legal and physical harm.
A child growing up in the U.S. is more likely to have a pet than a live-at-home father.
Mastering just 3,000 words in English will make you able to understand around 95% of common texts.
“Wet houses”–permanent supportive housing where formerly homeless, chronic alcoholics are allowed to drink and live–saved Seattle over $4 million in the first year and continually saves lives.
In 2002, 30 British Marines accidentally invaded Spain.
Sweden pays high school students $187 per month to attend school.
More Americans live in Mexico City than Wyoming.