After most US cities prohibited the use of lead pipes in the 1920’s, the Lead Industry Association mounted a propaganda campaign highlighting the “advantages” of lead over other materials. The LIA’s activities resulted in the proliferation of lead pipes for decades.
Stephen King’s ‘It’ clown appears every 27 years. The original movie aired in 1990. The new remake airs in 2017.
There is an 87 year old woman in Japan who owns a restaurant by day and spins techno at a local club in Tokyo by night. They call her DJ Dumpling.
A beach in Russia is covered in “sea glass,” small, polished, colorful pieces of glass that formed from garbage dumped into the ocean. The beach is so beautiful, it has become a tourist destination.
America’s first female mayor was elected in 1887. A group of men nominated her as a joke, but she won over 60 percent of the vote.
Jesse James, the Old American Outlaw, refused to rob a bank in McKinney, Texas because his favorite chili parlor was in town.
Marrying an older man shortens a woman’s lifespan, but having a younger husband reduces it even more.
An Australian family used a large black crystal as a doorstop for over a decade before realizing that it held a 733-carat black sapphire, the Black Star of Queensland.
New Hampshire has 400 state representatives and each are paid $200 per two-year term. In contrast, California has just 80 with each making $100k+ per year.
In 1965, a homesick Welshman living in Australia, was too broke to get home. So he decided to mail himself in a crate back to the UK, only to find himself in Los Angeles by accident.