In the 1970s Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak offered a 1/3 stake in Apple for $50,000 to Nolan Bushnell, their former boss and founder of Atari. He said no, but later spent $500,000 on the rights to the Pizza Time Theater chain. He said “It’s kind of fun to think about, when I’m not crying.”
In 1841 France almost broke off relations with Texas due to a hotel owner’s marauding pigs eating the French ambassador’s bed linens.
In 1989, scientists at IBM succeeded in arranging 35 individual xenon atoms on a substrate of chilled crystal of nickel to spell out the initials “IBM”. It was the first time atoms had been precisely positioned on a flat surface.
Sprite was originally a Fanta flavor. In 1959 Fanta released a lemon-lime flavor, and it was rebranded & became Sprite in 1961.
Turning over control of the Panama Canal to Panama was a huge controversial emotional issue dividing many Americans in the 1970’s.
The domestic animals of the Faroe Islands are a result of 1200 years of isolated breeding. As a result, many of the islands’ domestic animals are found nowhere else in the world.
The average Mexican is genetically 50% indigenous with evidence of native ancestry being significantly higher on the X chromosome.
It’s impossible to drive from North to South America because there are no roads between Panama and Colombia.
In 1997, three men from Yemen sued NASA for landing on Mars.They claimed that they inherited the planet from their ancestors 3,000 years ago.