Sears once sold on mail order an entire house as a giant DIY kit. There were over 370 home designs, and the house had over 30,000 parts worth 25 tons. Sears claimed a man of “average” abilities could assemble it in 90 days.
Among the thousands of men on the Normandy beaches on D-Day there was one single woman. Martha Gellhorn, a rogue war correspondent who stowed away in the toilet of a hospital ship and also happened to be the third wife of Ernest Hemingway.
Air stewardess Vesna Vulović, who drank coffee to combat low blood pressure in order to pass stewardess examination, was the only survivor of JAT Flight 367, due to her low blood pressure.
While filming Pirates of the Caribbean in London, Johnny Depp received a letter from a local 9 year old girl, who asked for help with “munity” against her teachers. Depp turned up with no warning at the school in full Jack Sparrow outfit, but advised against munity.
Germany has a thriving community of people who are Native American aficionados, who study Native cultures, perform reenactments of Native and Wild West life, and even make “pilgrimages” to North America to visit important sites.
Einstein’s brain has been dissected and found to be no bigger than average but has significantly more astrocytes, which are poorly-understood neural connectors that anyone can increase by continuing to learn new things, and with a good diet, exercise, and love.
The phrase ‘pulling out all the stops’, meaning to use all the resources or force at one’s disposal, comes from organ-playing, where it means to literally pull out every knob to play all the pipes at once, thereby creating the fullest possible sound.
A mountaineer found a wallet in the Andes mountain range that belonged to passenger of the plane crash in 1972. Realising the owner had survived, the mountaineer returned in wallet to him in 2005, more than 30 years later.
Mike Tyson offered a zoo attendant $10,000 to let him fight a gorilla.
Two Oxford students heard that the author Rudyard Kipling earned 10 shillings per word so they sent him 10 shillings and asked for one of his very best words. Kipling replied: “Thanks”.