In 1988 the final history exams for more than 53 million Soviet schoolchildren were cancelled because much of the history they had been taught were lies.
Zephany Nurse is a South African girl who was kidnapped as a baby. 17 years later, she was reunited with her real family when she coincidentally started going to the same school as her younger sister. The girls were inseparable and had a strong resemblance. A DNA test confirmed their relation.
According to a study by WWF, Dalberg, and the University of Newcastle, Australia, “on average, people could actually be ingesting approximately 5 grams of microplastics every week – that’s the equivalent of a credit card.”
There is a radio station in New Orleans for the blind. Volunteers every day read the local newspaper on the air, along best-sellers, grocery ads, stories for kids, mysteries, the Wall Street Journal, young adult novels and much more.
The Luftwaffe planted buoys in the english channel for downed pilots to survive in, containing food, alcohol, clothing and games.
A teenage cheerleader’s mom tried to hire a hitman to kill her daughter’s cheerleading rival’s mother. She thought if her mom was killed, she would be too sad to cheerlead. The man she “hired” was working for the cops.
The first sunglasses date back to the prehistoric Inuits, who wore a piece of flattened ivory over their eyes (made from walrus bones) with narrow slits to look through that blocked harmful rays of the sun reflecting off the ice.
There is one recorded incident of a fish colliding with a plane. In 1987, a 737 which was taking off from Juneau, AK crossed paths with an eagle, which subsequently dropped its salmon onto the plane.
Project 100000 was a recruitment effort during Vietnam that brought in mentally and physically unfit people for service to fill the ranks. Many brought in had a 5th grade level education and were considered mentally challenged.
There are microorganisms living on the seafloor that reproduce only once every 10,000 years and have been alive for millions. These are likely the oldest living things on Earth.