In Finland they have ‘National Sleepy Head day’, where the last person in a family to wake up is thrown in to a lake or the sea by the rest of the family.
King Tut’s beard was broken off by museum workers, who glued it back on. The mistake wasn’t discovered until months later.
The saying “Thank God for Mississippi” is used by residents of states who do poorly in rankings comparing US States, because Mississippi is almost always doing worse than they are.
In 1918, the geographic center of the United States was determined by balancing a cardboard cutout shape of the US on a point. It was accurate to within 20 miles.
Shortly before his death Stanley Kubrick had all the outtakes and deleted scenes from his films destroyed. Burning “thousands of cans” of film so that no one could re-edit his movies.
Russia banned the sale of vodka during World War I. The government immediately lost a third of its income.
Jaguar was originally called SS Cars and renamed itself in 1945 to avoid confusion with the Nazi organization.
A man who ran a Chevy dealership by himself for 50 years had some 500 cars in storage from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s that just sat, one of which had just over 1 mile on the odometer. They sold most of the cars for $2.8m at auction.
It’s a faux pas in Russia to give your date a dozen flowers; You give an odd number of flowers for a happy occasion, and an even number for condolences.
The Mayor of Lake Worth, FL swam across the Lake Worth Lagoon in 1998 to raise awareness of how dirty it had become. After completing the swim, he spent three days in the hospital and nearly died.