Ming the Clam, the world’s oldest animal at 507, was killed by researchers trying to tell how old it was.
During World War II a Soviet pilot was shot down while returning from a reconnaissance mission and hid in the woods nearby. When a German fighter pilot landed nearby and got out to investigate, the Soviet pilot rushed out, stole his plane and flew home, barely avoiding being shot down by Soviet fighters in the process.
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An Italian schoolboy who was selling snacks on campus at a lower price than the cafeteria was suspended for 10 days. He also received a prestigious scholarship from an institute that said the boy’s initiative should be “encouraged, not persecuted”.
Baseball is so popular in Japan that many fans are surprised to hear that Americans also consider it their national sport.
Plans were in place to sever all communication with astronauts on the moon if they had been stranded by a technical failure.
Two con men sold a fake painting for €1.5 million, only to find out that all the money was counterfeit.
In the month before the ancient Olympics no wars were permitted so that spectators could travel from across Greece unharmed.
As a revolutionary, Josef Stalin was arrested and exiled to Siberia 6 times. He escaped the first 5. So for his 6th, he was sent to a hamlet just south of the Arctic Circle where he lived as a hunter gatherer alongside an arctic tribe for 2 years.
The Cleveland Indians once had a $0.10 Beer Night. Cleveland had to forfeit the game when their drunk fans started a riot during the 9th inning. Players had to attack fans with baseball bats to protect themselves.