The first female pilot to ever serve in the Norwegian military was beheaded by a mob in Afghanistan in 2011, killed along with 6 others, in retaliation for the burning of the Qur’an by controversial “pastor” Terry Jones in the United States.
Hugh Thompson Jr., a helicopter pilot in Vietnam, threw away his Distinguished Flying Cross when he saw the citation included a fabricated account of the My Lai Massacre. The citation stated he saved a young Vietnamese girl from “intense crossfire,” when he had, in fact, saved many people from being murdered by American soldiers.
An abandoned, paralyzed Saudi man got overwhelmed by visitors after tweeting that he doesn’t have any. Thousands of people came to keep him company. They potentially saved his life with the donations. More than $130,000 was raised during a fundraising campaign on Twitter in order to send him to Germany for further treatment.
John Lennon’s assassination on December 8, 1980 still attracts its share of conspiracy theorists. One of them genuinely believes that John Lennon was killed by… Steven King, who was working with Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon.
When Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, commander of the all-black 54th Regiment during the American Civil War, died at Fort Wagner, he was stripped and buried with his men as an insult. His father, however, proclaimed that he was proud to know that his son rests with his brave and devoted soldiers.
It is illegal to die in a town in Italy. “It is forbidden, with immediate effect, to all citizens resident in the municipality of Falciano del Massico, and to whoever passes by its territory, to cross the border of earthly life and to enter the afterlife.” This decree was issued because the commune’s cemetery is currently full and the deceased must be buried in a nearby town.
If Manhattan had the same population density as Alaska, there would only be about 28 people in Manhattan.
A scientist in the 60s gave LSD to dolphins in an attempt to teach them English.
A refrigerator was installed on the street of the Saudi Arabian city of Hail by a very generous man. He and his friends leave leftovers and other food in there to feed the less fortunate children of his town with nutritious food, and to save them from the “shame” of begging.
Men competed nude in the Ancient Olympics to celebrate the achievements of the human body. Because of that married women were not allowed to watch the Olympics with death as a punishment. In Sparta which is more liberal both men and women exercised in the nude. They also used olive oil. “Olive oil was used by the competitors… to provide an appealing look for the participants.”
There is a creature with the ability to neutralize almost all poisons, even from creatures it has never encountered. One day this ability might be utilized by humans. This creature is called The Opossum.
An Orca (killer whale) can put a great white shark to sleep by turning it over on it’s back. The Orca then drowns the shark, only to eat the liver and the tongue.
Oktoberfest started off as a wedding reception for a Prince in Bavaria in 1810, and the newlyweds enjoyed it so much, they suggested making it an annual event.
There is a rather large population of Bull Sharks living in a river… yes, in Australia.