In 2019, the cardigan sweater that Kurt Cobain wore during Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged concert sold for $334,000. It is currently the most expensive sweater to ever be sold at an auction.
When Texas surrendered the land currently known as the “Oklahoma Panhandle”, it was actually unowned for 40 years. Officially called the “Public Land Strip” during that time but often referred to as “No Man’s Land”.
Reindeer is the only mammal to change eye color to adjust the amount of light that enters the eyes in different seasons. They have golden eyes in summer and blue in winter.
The owner of the Café de la Rotonde in Paris would allow starving artists to pay for their drinks with a painting or drawing. In the 1900s the walls of the cafe would have been casually adorned with works now considered priceless.
Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, was accused of single-handedly ruining France’s finances. Official estimates claim court expenses alone were 7% of France’s total budget but the real figure was a lot higher. She was given the name “Madame Déficit” during the French Revolution.
In 2011, an egg-sized meteorite believed to be 4.5B years old struck a home in France. The meteorite was one of 60 that have fallen in France over 400 years. The best, most coincidental part? The family’s last name was Comette.
In 1807, Noah Webster set upon writing ‘An American Dictionary of the English Language’. It took him 26 years to write it all himself, including the etymologies, which required that he learn 28 languages. He was plagued by debt to fund the project.
The CIA paid Vietnam War spies by ordering them items from the Sears catalog because the spies operated in areas that had a barter economy and didn’t rely on cash.
It is illegal in the State of Mississippi to have two or more “illegitimate children” and it is technically punishable by between 30 and 90 days in jail and a fine.
In 2018, a Dutch man requested to change his legal age from 69 to 49, citing he wanted to ‘improve’ his chances on Tinder. The court denied his request due to there being no legal basis.