Ghanaian coffins represent and celebrate the life of those buried in them. This casket was built for a fisherman.
US President Benjamin Harrison had electric lights installed in the White House, but would sleep with the lights on because he was too afraid to touch the switches. To be fair, old school light switches aren’t like the ones we have on the walls today. They were ungrounded toggles, either spinners or levers, which physically broke the connection with a very distinct popping sound. A mild shock wasn’t unheard of.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s salary for T2: Judgement day was $15 million and total words spoken by him in the entire film is 700. This attributes to $21,429 per word and the line ”Hasta la vista, baby” amounts to $85,716.
If you are seated at the back of a Boeing 747, the walk to your seat from the front of the plane is longer than the Wright Brothers’ first powered flight.
In 2013, police in the Maldives arrested a coconut for loitering near a polling station for the presidential election. Locals feared the coconut may have been imbued with a black magic spell to influence the election as there was a Surah written on it.
The US may have adopted the metric system if pirates hadn’t kidnapped Joseph Dombey, the French scientist sent to help Thomas Jefferson persuade Congress to adopt the system.
James McCune Smith, the first African-American doctor, was rejected from all American colleges and had to attend the University of Glasgow in Scotland, where he graduated at the top of his class.
African wild dogs vote on whether not to go on a hunt by sneezing. If a dominant pair sneezes first, then on average 2 additional sneezes will mean a hunt occurs. If a non dominant dogs sneeze first, then it typically takes 10 additional sneezes to sway the group to hunt.
J.R.R. Tolkien had been known to (as a practical joke) dress up as an axe-wielding Anglo-Saxon warrior and chase his neighbor down the street.
Chiropractic was founded by a traveling religious miracle healer who belived that magnets could cure diseases. He was sent to jail in Iowa in 1906 for practicing medicine without a license. The American Medical Association later labelled chiropractors an “unscientific cult.”