Currency shaped like knives was in circulation in China from 770 to 220 BC.
Former dictator of Equatorial Guinea Francisco Macias Nguema banned the use of lubricants in Malabo city power plant, saying he could run it using magic. The plant exploded.
In 18th century England, umbrellas were strictly taboo and seen as a detestable, effeminate contraption. Cab drivers saw them as a threat to their business and grew violent towards umbrella owners.
In 1894, London and New York were “drowning” in horse poop. It was estimated that within 50 years, London streets would be buried in 9 feet of poop and horse carcasses. But the invention of the automobile resolved the problem.
The world’s oldest paycheck- dating back 5,000 years in Mesopotamia- shows that workers were paid in beer.
An invasion of Canada that would have likely handed control of the Niagara peninsula to the USA was thwarted when one woman overheard the plans, walked 20 miles through wilderness, and warned a British Lieutenant. The invading Americans were ambushed and promptly surrendered.
All restaurants in Wisconsin were required by law to serve cheese and butter with every meal from 1935 to 1937.
When early humans transitioned from hunter gathering to agriculture, it actually lowered their standards of living.
In Medieval Europe it was common for the wealthy to eat meals with their entire household, including servants.
Tap water from ancient Rome likely contained up to 100 times more lead than local spring water. Some historians link fall of the Western Roman Empire to lead poisoning