Spacesuits take 5,000 hours to make and cost around $1 million.
Operation Tracer was a top-secret WWII mission in which six men were to be buried alive inside the Rock of Gibraltar so they could monitor enemy movements after the Rock’s capture. There was no way out and anyone who died within the chamber would have to be embalmed and cemented into the floor. The men understood that they would remain sealed within the facility for about a year, although it could be much longer. Provisions for a seven-year stay had been assembled in the complex. The entirety of the main chamber had been plastered and its floor covered in cork tiles, both methods to reduce sound transmission. The entrance passage had loose soil, to facilitate burials if needed.
The town of Larkhall, Scotland, hates the color green so much that their Subway is painted black instead.
Before she was famous, Nicki Minaj was fired from approximately fifteen jobs for discourtesy to customers.
Marie Antoinette’s last words were, “Pardon me, sir. I meant not to do it”. It was an apology to the executioner for accidentally stepping on his foot on her way to the guillotine.
A New Orleans restaurant has been owned by the same family since 1840. Antoine’s, famous for Oyster Rockefeller and Baked Alaska, has had five generations of the family run it, and a sixth is preparing to take over. It is the US’s oldest continuously family-run restaurant.
In 1954 Soviet prisoners overthrew their guards and, for 40 days, established a gulag republic with a democratically elected provisional government, marriages between male and female prisoners, indigenous religious ceremonies and a general flowering of art and culture.
A lot of famous directors begin their careers by making weird, experimental films. For instance, there’s the case of Martin Scorsese and his odd, six-minute film The Big Shave that he made in 1967. It had an alternative title, Viet ’67, because it was apparently a metaphor for the war in Vietnam, even though the entire film involves a guy shaving.
According to Slate.com, “the director conceived of the film after emerging from a ‘spell of deep depression,’ during which he apparently had trouble shaving.”
Over at Cinephilia & Beyond, they’ve posted Scorsese’s original script for the film.
Pope Fabian who served as Pope from 236-250 he was not under any serious consideration during the election until a dove landed on his head which signaled to everyone present that the Holy Spirit had marked him as the next Pope.
In 1988, a man named Robert W. Faid published a book mathematically “proving” that the Antichrist was Mikhail Gorbachev, with odds of exactly 710,609,175,188,282,000 to 1. He later won an Ig Nobel prize for it.