The first public call made from an iPhone was made by Steve Jobs. He called a Starbucks and ordered 4,000 lattes; then said ‘just kidding’ and hung up.
There is a mountain in British Columbia, Canada called Tolkien Peak. The nearby mountains are also named Mount Aragorn, Mount Gandalf, and Mount Shadowfax. They were named so in 1972 by those making the first ascents of the mountains, who read the books whilst waiting out stormy weather.
The 2020 Ig Nobel Prize in Peace was awarded to India and Pakistan – who have deputized their diplomats to ring the other country’s embassy’s doorbell and run away in the middle of the night.
William Higinbotham, the man who made the world’s first video game, was also a member of the team which made the world’s first nuclear bomb.
Pyramids were built not just in Ancient Egypt, but also in the ancient Kingdom of Kush in modern day Sudan. However after an Italian treasure hunter obtained permission to perform “excavations”, he blew up 40 Pyramids with explosives, looking for treasures, and destroyed them.
On May 2nd 2019, an extremely high resolution image was made from 16 years of observations from the Hubble telescope. This image is the deepest view of the universe, containing roughly 265,000 galaxies and stretches through 13.3 billion years to just 500 million years after the big bang.
In the 1980s, teenagers in New York would jam the token turnstiles for the subway and suck out the tokens with their mouths so they could use them later. To combat this, employees sprinkled chilli powder or spray mace on the slots and see if they noticed anyone with red lips.
In 2014, due to a glitch in the Canadian version of iTunes, a Taylor Swift song titled “Track 3” was released and immediately shot to the top of the charts. Fans who downloaded the song had purchased eight seconds of static noise for $1.29.
Göbekli Tepe is the site of an ancient temple built by a hunter gatherer society around 9000 BCE. It consists of 10 ton pillars with artwork carved on them, which were transported 500 meters without the use of the wheel which had yet to be invented. This site also predates farming and writing.