After Mao Zedong received mangoes from the Pakistani foreign minister, mangoes became a sign of loyalty to Mao. Rallies were organized honoring mangoes. Half a million people greeted mango replicas when they arrived in Chengdu. One man compared a mango to a sweet potato and was executed.
Cuteness inspired aggression is the reason people want to squeeze cute things.
The generation born between 1925 and 1945 is called the “silent generation” because ” many focused on their careers rather than on activism, and people in it were largely encouraged to conform with social norms.”
The origin of french fries is a hotly contested issue between Belgium and France. Belgium claims a 1781 family manuscript proves they were invented there, while France claims Paris street vendors invented the dish just before the French revolution.
Smaller creatures experience time much faster than we do, so to them we seem to be moving in slow motion.
If you send a letter to Israel addressed to god, they will place it in the Western Wall, where visitors traditionally place handwritten notes of prayer and wishes in the cracks between its stones.
1.7 billion years ago, there was a natural nuclear reactor that ran for a few hundred thousand years.
Whataburger, and What-a-burger, both different restaurants, opened on the same day without the knowledge of each others existence.
Hugh Hefner worked as a copywriter for Esquire magazine, from where he resigned in Jan 1952 after being denied a $5 raise. 11 months later, he published the first issue of Playboy, featuring Marilyn Monroe.
Hugh Hefner saved the iconic ‘HOLLYWOOD’ sign by donating $900k to buy the land before being bought by mansion developers.