In 1915, the steamship Eastland capsized while still tied to the dock in Chicago. New safety laws which rushed through Congress after the Titanic sinking mandated so much safety gear installed that the ship was top heavy and rolled over, killing 844 people.
Serbia’s maternity leave is among the world’s best–a full year with 100% salary paid.
Although there were two deaths at Woodstock (an overdose and someone crushed by a tractor), there were two births as well, netting a zero loss over the three day festival.
Henry Ford tried to build an American industrialist utopia in the Brazilian jungle, “Fordlandia”, to secure a source of cultivated rubber for his cars.
Most toilets in Hong Kong are flushed with seawater in order to conserves the city’s scarce freshwater resources.
George Harrison decided to write a song based on the first words he read upon opening a book. He then wrote “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” after seeing the words “gently weeps” in a random book pulled from a shelf at his parent’s house.
Wisconsin Police busted a teen kegger in which the keg was filled with root beer. The party organizer was trying to show that they didn’t need to drink alcohol for a party.