A sailor in the British Royal Navy may only grow a beard if they can achieve a ‘respectably full enough beard’ after two weeks’ growth.
The first man to finish the 1904 Olympics marathon rode in a car most of the way. The winner was carried across the finish line after ingesting poison. Fourth place took a nap en route. One of the two first black Olympians came in ninth after being chased a mile off course by wild dogs.
Mark Wahlberg had committed 20-25 offenses by the age of 21. These included throwing rocks at a bus full of black schoolchildren and knocking a Vietnamese man unconscious and blinding another. He was also addicted to cocaine by age 13.
There is a cognitive bias called the IKEA effect, in which people “place a disproportionally high value on products they partially created.”
Around 762, the demand for books in Baghdad was so high that any traders who brought books were given the weight of the books in gold in return.
Freud liked cocaine so much that he would give it to friends and family as a gift.
A window washer in New York survived a 47-floor fall by hanging onto the aluminum platform, which rode the air like a surfboard creating wind resistance that slowed his descent. He now walks 1-2 miles every day and has finished a 5k charity event.
In 1770, the British Parliament passed a law condemning lipstick, stating that “women found guilty of seducing men into matrimony by a cosmetic means could be tried for witchcraft.”
In 2013 unknown perpetrators stole the gilded cookie hanging in front of the Bahlsen company in Hannover, Germany. The thieves demanded the company to send 52,000 cookies to 52 charities, but only “the ones with milk chocolate”. Bahlsen agreed to the terms and the cookie was retrieved.
After the extinction of the dinosaurs, there was a turtle that was the size of a car and could eat crocodiles.
Bikram Yoga was invented in the 1970′s by a man called Bikram Choudhury, who decided to copyright poses developed from those available for free for centuries. He also compares himself to Jesus and sues everyone who tries to “copy” his business.
Sliced bread was briefly banned in the USA in 1943.
If the history of the planet Earth was one calendar year, humans do not show up until 11:45pm on 31 December. Recorded history is only the last 60 seconds of the aforementioned calendar year in this analogy.
Lying to, or misinforming somebody about events or facts (with the purpose of making them doubt their memory or sanity), is called Gaslighting.