In 1917, the U.S. War Industries Board asked women to stop buying corsets to free up metal for war production. This was said to have saved some 28,000 tons of metal, enough to build two battleships.
Several ancient cultures believed in the existence of a race of dog headed men called “Cynocephali”.
In Medieval Europe it was common for the wealthy to eat meals with their entire household, including servants.
When musician Israel Kamakawiwo’ole passed in 1997, he was the first and only citizen to receive the honor of having the Hawaii state flag flown at half-staff. His coffin was allowed to “lay in state” in the capitol building. Since then, in 2003 a bronze bust of Brother Iz was erected on O’ahu.
There was a man named Robert Willner who stuck his finger with HIV infected blood in an attempt to prove that AIDS is not caused by HIV retrovirus.
Johnny Cash released a whole album called “Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian” because Cash had been convinced that his ancestry was Cherokee, even by members of the Cherokee tribe. Later he found it he was not Cherokee at all, but Scottish, English and Scots-Irish.
Julia Stewart, who worked as a waitress at an IHOP at 16 years old, worked her way up through various jobs to become a President at Applebees. After being passed over for CEO, she returned to IHOP, became CEO, and later acquired Applebees.
In 1996, a small town in Utah mistakenly booked Rage Against the Machine at a venue for tractor and monster truck shows. The locals panicked and businesses boarded up thinking the band’s followers would riot and vandalize everything.
The original Rambo 3 VHS release had in the end credits: “Dedicated to the brave Mujaheddin fighters”, later changed to “Dedicated to the gallant people of Afghanistan.”