In 1974, Oakland police spent two hours trying to convince a mentally disturbed gunman holed up in his apartment to surrender—only to discover that he was standing next to them helping to direct the police.
Mussolini beleived pasta was the reason for many problems in the italian society and pushed for rice based food like risotto. He had support from artists of Italian Futurism, who claimed that pasta made people weak and lazy.
The Fiji crested iguana was discovered after herpetologist Dr. John Gibbons watched the 1980 movie “The Blue Lagoon,” which is set on a remote island in Fiji. Gibbons traveled to the island and was able to identify the animal as a distinct species new to science.
“Burro” Schmidt a gold miner in the Mojave Desert started digging a tunnel through the mountains to safely transport his ore to the smelter. He completed the tunnel in 38 years, moving 5,800 tons of granite with a pick. In the meantime a road was built so he never used the tunnel.
In the late 1800s they used to put fake horse heads on the front of automobiles as to not spook the actual horses in traffic.
If you feed canaries red peppers, they will change color. Similarly, flamingos are born grey, but turn pink from eating pink brine shrimp (which provides them with a natural pink dye called canthaxanthin).
Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack are widely credited with helping end segregation in Las Vegas, by refusing to perform in venues that wouldn’t allow blacks.
Charles Ramsey, a Cleveland man, was key in the rescue of 3 women and a child from over a decade of captivity in a neighbor’s home. When word got out he was eating a Big Mac when he heard a woman’s cries for help, over a dozen Ohio restaurants pledged to offer him a free burger anytime.
James “Honest Dick” Tate was a Kentucky State Treasurer, so-called due to his good reputation. In reality, he had quietly misappropriated over $250,000 ($7 million in present value) from the treasury. In 1888, he fled the state with a sack of gold and silver coins and was never seen again.
There is a McDonald’s in LA that serves no food. It is strictly for filming when the set needs to be McDonald’s.