Cher was the first woman to regularly display her belly button on television, becoming the first woman to do so in front of a live studio audience in 1971. Cher once commented, “There were so many things that were censored—ideas and words. All I know is I got in trouble for showing my belly button.” People magazine dubbed Cher “Pioneer of the Belly Beautiful”.
The famous photo of the Soviet flag being raised during the Battle of Berlin in 1945 was actually doctored. Photographer Yevgeny Khaldei added smoke to make it seem more dramatic, and also removed one of two watches from a Senior Sergeant’s wrist, as it would have implied looting.
Ray Bradbury wrote the first draft of Fahrenheit 451 (1953) on a coin-operated typewriter that charged 10 cents for every 30 minutes, costing him $9.80.
Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan is a hotel in Japan, that has been running for over 1300 years, ever since it began in 705. It has been ran over 52 generations by the same family, which still operates it today.
In 2017, a man in Texas purchased a working Sherman tank and parked it outside his house. After sending a “sternly worded letter” and realizing that they couldn’t tow the vehicle, the local HOA began issuing parking tickets on the tank. The owner left it there for two more weeks out of spite.
A 1992 Japanese TV show combined English lessons with gymnastic exercise programs. On the show, three gymnasts would perform synchronized exercises while chanting phrases like, “Hasta la vista, baby,” “Spare me my life!”, “I was robbed by two men!”, and “I have a bad case of diarrhea.”
When you see CNN playing in airport terminals you’re actually watching a special version of the channel CNN produces just for airports. Is it just regular CNN with no mention at all of missing flights and aviation disasters when they occur. The network’s digital on-screen graphics are designed larger than industry standards, to allow readability of fonts at a distance.
In 2005, to protest against conditions in the cocoa industry, a Dutch reporter ate 17 chocolate bars then asked to be arrested and tried for child slavery. The judge wouldn’t convict him, and the reporter went on to found Tony’s Chocolonely company.
Patrick’s Pub and Grill is a bar located on the border of Georgia and Tennessee. It’s split between the two states; the Georgia half is in a “dry county”, meaning that any alcohol purchased at the bar on the Tennessee side cannot be brought to the Georgia side where the restrooms are.
Tibor Rubin, a Hungarian Jew, was captured by the Nazis and sent to Mauthausen Concentration Camp in 1944. He vowed to join the US Army upon liberation; he did, and went on to received the Medal of Honor in Korea, being imprisoned again in a Chinese POW camp.