Oral tradition in Kenya tells that 20 shipwrecked Chinese sailors washed up on shore in the 15th century and were given permission to settle and marry into local tribes. DNA tests conducted by China’s government in 2002 on one of the supposed descendants and found that she was of Chinese descent.
When French explorers thought they were the first Europeans to ever reach some historical Afghan caves in the 1930s, they were surprised to find a text inscribed on the wall saying: “if any fool this high samootch explore, know Charles Masson has been here before”.
7/11 is named after their ‘new’ hours of 7am-11pm which were unprecedented in 1946, and they didn’t experiment with 24-hour stores until 1963.
On October 6, 1909, Vancouver revealed its first Auto Ambulance and was taken on a test drive, when it ran over and almost instantly killed a wealthy man from Austin, Texas. Ironically, this man was the first person the ambulance picked up.
In order to prevent tourists from stealing their beer glasses, some bars in Belgium require people to hand over one of their shoes as a deposit which is then put in a basket and hung from the ceiling. This shoes basket has also become an attraction.
Mick Jagger’s 1971 wedding involved, among others: the guests being informed only a day before, the public civil ceremony being stormed by paparazzi, Jagger being accidentally locked out of the church, and Keith Richards laying passed out on the floor, reportedly in a Nazi uniform.
Immediately after landing on the moon, the Apollo 11 crew was supposed to sleep for 5 hours. They didn’t, because they figured they wouldn’t be able to.
The state of Maryland used to have a colony in Africa named the Republic of Maryland. Also known by Maryland-in-Africa, the country merged into Liberia in 1857, becoming the present day Maryland County.
A family-run restaurant in Bangkok has had a the same giant pot of soup simmering for 45 years. When it runs low, they top it off. It’s a beef noodle soup called neua tuna. It simmers in a giant pot. Fresh meat like raw sliced beef, tripe and other organs is added daily. But any broth leftover is preserved at the end of each day and used in the next day’s soup. It’s an ancient cooking method that gives the soup a unique flavor and aroma.
In the United Kingdom, several prisons have restaurants that are fully run by inmates at the prison, including chefs and waiters. These restaurants are also open to the public and rank highly on Tripadvisor.