The Mexican ambassador to the United States, said in response to the Kennedy administration’s 1961 call to collective action against Cuba: “If we publicly declare that Cuba is a threat to our security, 40 million Mexicans will die laughing.”
The coins thrown into Rome’s Trevi Fountain every year amount to around 3,000 Euro and are used to subsidize a supermarket for Rome’s needy.
Churchill kept a bed in the Houses of Parliament and believed that napping was the key to his success in leading the country through the Battle of Britain.
In the U.S., an average family of four emits more greenhouse gases because of the meat they eat than from driving two cars. If vegetarianism was adopted by 2050, it would stave off about 7 million deaths per year, experts estimate.
Denmark charges a tax of 150% on all new car purchases.
Louis Chevrolet, the founder of Chevrolet died bankrupt and poor working as a mechanic for the company he started.
In 2014 Budweiser attempted to trademark the sound of a beer can opening.
American volunteers fighting in other nations armed forces in WW2 lost their citizenship and changed their nationality to Canadian. Congress eventually passed a blanket pardon in 1944.
Edgar Allan Poe wrote a novel in which a group of shipwrecked survivors draw lots in which the loser will be eaten, the boy who lost was named Richard Parker. 50 years later an English ship sank and the survivors drew lots, the losers name was Richard Parker.
In 2016, Reykjavik’s City Council decided to turn off city lights in order to allow residents to enjoy a fantastic Northern Lights display without artificial light pollution.