There was a mysterious culture in Eastern Europe between 5,500 to 2,700 BC which constructed sophisticated, organized, densely-populated settlements – only to burn them to the ground every 60-80 years to rebuild the same settlement as before.
Workers in wine cellars used to wear iron face masks because 20-90 percent of sparkling wine bottles would explode due to instability, often causing a chain reaction.
The 747 airliner has a hump because Boeing was convinced that future supersonic aircraft would eventually make it obsolete as a passenger plane. The raised cockpit allowed for a hinged nose so the 747 could continue being marketable as a cargo carrier. Today, the 747 as a passenger plane is steadily replaced by twin-engine aircrafts as they are more efficient. However, fuel efficiency isn’t such a big concern for cargo and therefore, the 747 is very popular as a cargo plane.
In 1957, woman was struck by consecutive foul balls. First one broke her nose and the second broke her leg while being carried out on a stretcher.
2% of airline luggage is either lost or unclaimed. If airlines are unable to reunite baggage with their owners, they legally own it after 90 days and sell it to the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama, which receives 7000 new items per day.
At the start of the Vietnam War, the South Vietnamese government favored Catholics over Buddhists so much that some Catholic priests ran private armies that forced conversions and demolished Buddhist pagodas with mortar fire.
In 1648 an angry mob of Parisians once broke into the royal palace, demanding to see the king. They were led into the bedchamber of Louis XIV, who was pretending to be asleep. Satisfied, the mob quietly departed.
In 1986 an astronomer trying to trace a 75 cent computer time discrepancy for 10 months eventually found a German hacker selling defense secrets to the KGB.
Karl May, Hitler’s favorite author, was a conman who wrote novel’s about Old Shatterhand, a German One Punch Man in the Wild West (who May claimed was actually himself, even though he’d never been to the US or even out of Germany at that point).