There is Russia’s “spacecraft graveyard” in the Altai region, where over 2,500 tons of space debris — some dozens of feet long — have rained down since the start of the Space Age. As new space junk falls, locals rush to raid the wreckage for precious metals they can sell.
In ancient Hawaii it was forbidden for men to eat with women and women were not allowed to eat certain food. The taboo was broken in 1819 when King Kamehameha II had a dinner party with women. They named this festive dinner a Luau.
Vaclav Bozdech, a soldier in WWII, found a puppy while on the run and planned to kill it so its barking would not alert the Germans. Unable to bring himself to do so, he took it with him, and the dog later helped find survivors of an air raid and saved Bozdech’s life during the Cold War.
The scientific name for the western lowland gorilla is Gorilla gorilla gorilla. It is a subspecies of the western gorilla (Gorilla gorilla).
In 2005, a New York Judge jailed 46 people when a cell phone rang in Court and no one took responsibility.
A lemon is actually a hybrid between a bitter orange and a citron, meaning life never gave us lemons, we invented it ourselves.
In 2018, Japan’s new cybersecurity minister admitted that he never used a computer.
Housewarming parties were literally thrown for people to bring wood and warm houses when moving in.
A Japanese rail company has apologised after a train left a station 25 seconds early. The operator said, “the great inconvenience we placed upon our customers was truly inexcusable”.
Even after he became a famous writer and military officer, Winston Churchill was constantly overshadowed by his friend Winston Churchill.