One reason spicy foods are common in hot countries is that spicy foods make you sweat, which in turn helps you cool down faster. It’s a phenomenon called “gustatory hidrosis.”
During the Prohibition era, the U.S. Government allowed Whiskey to be sold through pharmacies. As a result, Walgreens grew from 20 retail stores to almost 400.
In 2016, it was revealed that a Filipino fisherman kept a pearl weighing 34kg (75 Pounds) and worth more than $100m under his bed for ten years as a good luck charm, unaware of its value.
The last recorded sword duel in history took place in France in 1967.
One member of the National Assembly told another member to “shut up, stupid”, and so the recipient of the insult challenged him to a duel with swords.
Every November in South Korea, there’s a day where everyone makes silence to help students concentrate for their most important exam of their lives. Planes are grounded, constructions are paused, banks close and even military training ceases. This day is called Suneung.
The world record for the loudest thing ever shouted belongs to an Irish female teacher who shouted the word “quiet” at 121 decibels, the equivalent of a jet engine.
Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe from the sitcom Friends) published an academic paper in neurology the same year that Friends debuted on TV.
In 1958, Bank of America mass mailed 60,000 unsolicited credit cards, with a credit line of $500, to residents of Fresno, California. They chose Fresno so that if the plan failed, it wouldn’t get much media coverage. The program was wildly successful and marked the birth of Visa.
Silent film comedian Buster Keaton got his start in his father’s vaudeville act at the age of 3. His act would be to goad his father into throwing him across the stage, and he became so good at falling that he rarely got bruises. He was eventually billed as “The Little Boy Who Can’t Be Damaged.”
New York City is one of four major cities in the United States whose drinking water is pure enough not to require purification by water treatment plants. The city is supplied with drinking water by the protected Catskill Mountains watershed.