Canada hands out a 1-year free Cultural Access Pass to new citizens. Free access over a 1,000 museums and cultural centers across Canada.
In 1907 Joseph Stalin said at the funeral of his first wife, “This creature softened my heart of stone. She died and with her died my last warm feelings for humanity.”
Despite being one of the most famous painters in history, only 15 paintings of Leonardo da Vinci are known to exist. The small number of surviving paintings is due in part to Leonardo’s frequently disastrous experimentation with new techniques and his chronic procrastination. He also had a weird artistic philosophy in which he would destroy any art he felt was not perfect. He thought art should be like magic; that is should be produced flawlessly. He destroyed most of his sketchbooks for this reason.
Arnold Schwarzenegger wasn’t allowed to dub over his own voice in the German version of Terminator, because his Austrian accent “wasn’t tough enough”.
After a Florida Highway Patrol Officer ticketed a Miami cop for driving in excess of 120MPH on his way to an off-duty job, she was relentlessly harassed by other officers, including finding out that her driver’s license info had been accessed by 88 officers from 25 agencies over three months.
Abraham Lincoln’s loyal dog Fido was also needlessly murdered shortly after the President’s assassination.
After the extinction of the dinosaurs there was a species of turtle that was so large it could eat a crocodile.
There was a con man in India, who repeatedly sold the Taj Mahal, the Indian parliament and various other heritage sites. He was sentenced to 113 years but managed to escape prison 9 times, last when he was 84 years old.
Eminem was sued by his own mother for $10 million because he made offensive remarks about her in his songs, but she was only awarded $1,600.
Before Chernobyl, the Soviets had another massive nuclear disaster which contaminated over 20,000 square km. The area was turned into a preserve to cover up the accident. The CIA knew of the accident, but also covered it up in order to protect the fledgling US nuclear industry from hysteria.
There are North Korean labor camps in Siberia, under an agreement between North Korea and a company run by British businessmen. The camps are tiny ‘home away from home’ villages complete with propaganda.
The CIA hired a magician to train agents in sleight of hand techniques for use in their mickey-slipping LSD experiments.
Gladiators were probably fat due to a high-energy vegetarian diet, which included calcium-rich ash. This fatty layer helped protect them from otherwise-lethal wounds.