There was a satirical study published in the British Medical Journal in 2003 in response to the anti-vaccination movement titled “Parachute use to prevent death and major trauma related to gravitational challenge”. It’s conclusion? Throw anti-vaxxers out of planes without parachutes.
Icelandic has changed so little in the last 1,000 years that present-day Icelanders can read 12th Century texts without any difficulty.
Katrin Himmler, grandniece of SS Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler, has not refused to have children to end her great-uncle’s bloodline. She believes the idea of good or evil being passed through bloodlines is itself a reflection of Nazi ideology.
During WWII Canada gave out buttons to people who tried to enlist but were refused due to medical reasons to show their willingness to fight.
87 year old Leo Thalassites is the oldest living policeman in America. He served in all 5 branches of the U.S military, received 3 purple hearts, competed in the Olympic games, and blames modern-day overweight cops who “are quick to pull a gun because they can’t use their fists.”
Soldiers in WWII made simple radios using a razorblade and pencil as the diode, dubbing them Foxhole Radios.
Mongols were actually outnumbered in most of their victories in battles. But they still managed to deceive their enemies by elaborate ruses – like mounting dummies atop horses, and tying sticks to the horses’ tails to create dust storms.
The Mexican party scene has fully embraced ridiculously long pointy boots. Known as “botas picudas,” the Mexican fashion of pointy boots has started with the tribal music. In the beginning, people were using regular boots. Then they started making them pointier and pointier, until it got out of control.
Students in Karasjok, north in Norway don`t get to stay home from school until it`s -50°C (-58°F). The school bus stops driving when it`s -38°C (-36°F).
A former Khmer Rouge member in Cambodia named Aki Ra has been spending the last 20+ years disarming landmines all over the country, with no pay, and no armor.
If you’re selling a property in California and within the past 3 years someone’s died on it, it’s considered a material defect and must be disclosed by the seller, unless the death was due to AIDS because that’s discrimination.
The most complex character in the Chinese language takes 57 strokes to write. It is a noodle dish.
Couples that cuddle can become addicted to one another. Symptoms of withdraw can occur when apart as a result of the hormone oxytocin, “the cuddling drug.”
According a recent study, men who posted lots of selfies, but didn’t really spend time editing them, showed signs of above average psychopathy.
In 1954 a fifteen year old told his parents he was going to school, but then rode his bike 700 miles in a week from D.C. to Atlanta because he was “homesick for Dixie and his grandmother’s fried chicken”.