In the 1900s doctors warned women that riding a bicycle may cause them to acquire “bicycle face”.
In Bude, UK there is an elongated tunnel providing rain shelter for customers to the local superstore (Sainsbury’s). As a running joke, it has received numerous 5 star reviews and it’s the #3 top thing to do in Bude, leading to some underwhelmed tourists.
There is an island in the pacific called Yap that uses circular stones as currency. The stones are too large to move so the ownership of the stones is passed by word of mouth to transact business. The location of the stone is irrelevant even in the case of one lost on the bottom of the sea.
The video game industry makes more revenue than the film and music industry combined.
Francis Coppola was worried his film Apocalypse Now would be a box office flop and could bankrupt him, so he decided to quickly make a happy musical to recoup his losses. In the end Apocalypse Now was a success, but the happy musical (One From the Heart) was a disaster and bankrupted him anyway.
Inspired by a Renaissance writer who said “a well-rounded man should be an artist, a warrior and philosopher” Jason Everman, original bassist for Nirvana, joined the US military, the Special Forces, studied under monks in Tibet and earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Columbia.
Many African-Americans have Irish last names (e.g. Shaquille O’Neal) because Irish and Blacks lived side by side in the ghettos of 19th century America.
In Ancient Rome, commoners would evacuate whole cities in acts of revolt called “Secessio plebis”, leaving the elite in the city to fend for themselves.
The Blue Mustang, a 32-foot tall sculpture of a blue horse at Denver International Airport, was designed by sculptor Luis Jiménez who was unable to complete the project after the head fell on him and severed an artery in his leg, killing him. His staff and family finished the job for him.