The USSR renamed its rocket base Baikonur in 1961 to keep the Soviet space program a secret. Residents of the original Baikonur, hundreds of km away, took advantage of the resulting confusion by ordering many valuable supplies for themselves before the scam was discovered.
In Texas, prison inmates have to pay $100 a year out of their personal account to see a doctor for a sickness that is not an emergency or a chronic illness. If they don’t have the money, half of all future funds deposited into their account are put towards the debt.
The shortest Oscar Speech ever was given by Patty Duke in 1962, who at age 16, the youngest person to accept an Oscar in a competitive category, said “Thank You”, and walked off the stage.
Theodore and Eleanor Roosevelt, when staying in the White House, reported sightings or a presence of Abraham Lincoln’s Ghost. Sightings have also been reported by Margaret Truman, Winston Churchill, and Henry Truman.
Driving while drunk destroyed the Soviet spy network in the UK. After being arrested in London in 1971, Oleg Lyalin panicked and offered the names of every Russian spy. The UK government expelled 105 people from the country, and the USSR network in Britain “never recovered”.
Bistro is not French for Cáfe, but the word Russian cossacks would shout at French waiters, meaning “quickly”.
Okunoshima, Japan (aka Rabbit Island) has thousands of wild rabbits which began from only 5 released there in the ’60s. Since there are no natural predators to keep the rabbit population in check and tourists feed them, the rabbits have no fear of people and will swarm them with cuddles.
Actors and actresses can buy their way to an Oscar. They throw money at advertising, promotions and gifts to academy members, and has proven successful for some that otherwise wouldn’t have won.
In 1939, Major League pitcher, Bob Feller, tested the speed of his pitches by throwing them against a racing motorcycle before radar guns were invented.
A man was once accidentally released from prison 90 years early due to clerical error. He then started building his life by getting a job, getting married, having kids, coaching youth soccer, being active in his church. Authorities realized the mistake 6 years later and sent him back to prison.