Some schools in China now have uniforms with tracking devices in them. This is done to monitor attendance. If students try to leave during school hours, an alarm will go off.
The USS Kidd is the only US warship authorized to raise the Jolly Roger flag as a reference to its namesake.
Pole-Sitting was a fad in the 1920s that involved sitting atop a pole (commonly a flagpole) for an extended period of time, often trying to beat another’s record. It continued until the Great Depression where it mostly died out.
The first public call made from an iPhone was made by Steve Jobs. He called a Starbucks and ordered 4,000 lattes; then said ‘just kidding’ and hung up.
There is a mountain in British Columbia, Canada called Tolkien Peak. The nearby mountains are also named Mount Aragorn, Mount Gandalf, and Mount Shadowfax. They were named so in 1972 by those making the first ascents of the mountains, who read the books whilst waiting out stormy weather.
The 2020 Ig Nobel Prize in Peace was awarded to India and Pakistan – who have deputized their diplomats to ring the other country’s embassy’s doorbell and run away in the middle of the night.
William Higinbotham, the man who made the world’s first video game, was also a member of the team which made the world’s first nuclear bomb.
Pyramids were built not just in Ancient Egypt, but also in the ancient Kingdom of Kush in modern day Sudan. However after an Italian treasure hunter obtained permission to perform “excavations”, he blew up 40 Pyramids with explosives, looking for treasures, and destroyed them.
On May 2nd 2019, an extremely high resolution image was made from 16 years of observations from the Hubble telescope. This image is the deepest view of the universe, containing roughly 265,000 galaxies and stretches through 13.3 billion years to just 500 million years after the big bang.