People often hallucinate after losing a loved one or pet, they’re called “Grief Hallucinations”. One study found over 80% of elderly patients experience hallucinations of their departed spouse one month after their passing.
To get women to smoke cigarettes in the 1920s, tobacco companies devised a campaign of equating cigarettes as “torches of freedom.” The campaign helped women smoking jump from 5% in 1923 to 18.1% in 1935.
In 2010, China had a recurring traffic jam involving thousands of cars that lasted for more than ten days. Many drivers were able to move their vehicles only 1 km (0.6 mi) per day, and some drivers reported being stuck in the traffic jam for five days.
The stated sunscreen SPF values are correct only if 2 μL of sunscreen is applied per square cm of exposed skin. This translates into about 28 mL (1 oz) to cover the whole body of an adult male, which is much more than many people use in practice.
When a British captive officer challenged french Navy officer Surcouf with the words “You French fight for money while we fight for honor”, Surcouf replied “Each of us fights for what he lacks most”.
The Soviet Union could have vetoed the Korean War, but did not. Their delegates were boycotting the UN over a separate issue when the resolution was proposed.
Hungry men find women with higher body weights more attractive, according to a scientific study.
The liqueur Curaçao is made from orange trees brought to the Caribbean from Spain in 1527. The trees failed to thrive and were abandoned. The fruit evolved from sweet orange into bitter green. Experimentation with dried peels of the fruit later led to the creation of the liqueur Curaçao.
The Antiques Roadshow appraised a grotesque jug to be worth $50,000, comparing it to a Picasso. Unknown to the appraiser, it was actually made by some random high school kid over 40 years ago. After finding out, he changed his appraisal to $5k, saying it was “not bad for a high schooler”.
Elvis wore a cross, a star of David and the Hebrew letter chai. He said: “I don’t want to miss out on heaven due to a technicality”.