There’s a prestigious college to train nannies for the rich and famous. Norland College is “nearly impossible” to get into, and the current nanny for Prince George and Princess Charlotte was trained there. They learn self-defense and even how to evade paparazzi.
Since the early 1980s there has been a rumored top secret aircraft called the Aurora. Some still believe it exists, citing a $9 billion gap in the Air Force budget in 2006.
In 2014, Taylor Swift accidentally released 8 seconds of white noise on iTunes for $1.29. It became #1 in Canada almost immediately before being removed.
In 2002 a Painesville man was ordered by a judge to stand with a live pig next to a sign that read “This is not a police officer,” after the man referred to an officer as a pig during their confrontation.
In 2016, a woman bought a $10 scratch-off ticket to show her husband that lottery tickets are a waste of money. The ticket turned out to be worth $1 million.
“Third Man Factor” is a psychological phenomenon that can occur during traumatic experiences. People report an unseen presence like a guardian angel that provides comfort or support.
The Verizon Wireless TV spokesman was eager to get out of his contract when someone said “can you hear me now” at his grandmother’s funeral.
Italy is giving away more than 100 historic buildings – including castles, houses, and towers – in a bid to boost ‘slow tourism’ and tempt visitors away from the overcrowded city centers. To get your hands on the sites, you need to have a clear plan of how they’d be transformed into a tourist facility. Successful applicants will get the rights to the property for nine years, with the option to renew the contract for a further nine. And entrepreneurs with a proposal for turning the sites into a tourist facility could be given a 50-year lease in some cases.
Mitsuo Fuchida, the captain that lead the attack on Pearl Harbor, later became a Christian and settled in the US permanently.
In 1989, a bottle from Thomas Jefferson’s collection, was valued at an astronomical $500,000 by its owner, William Sokolin. When Sokolin took the wine with him to a Margaux dinner at the Four Season Hotel, a waiter knocked the bottle over, breaking it. Insurers paid out $225,000.