During World War I, a Canadian soldier made a black bear his pet and named her Winnipeg. “Winnie” was later a resident of the London Zoological Gardens where she was an adored attraction, especially to a boy named Christopher Robin. The boy even named his teddy bear after her.
Ewan McGregor used to be a functioning alcoholic, arriving sometimes drunk on set and even continuing to drink between takes. This made him unhappy, so he gave up alcohol in 2001 and hasn’t touch alcohol since.
American Cheese is cheese that’s been treated to allow it to melt without breaking apart or becoming greasy like traditional cheese.
In 2013, a prisoner in Sweden escaped “because he had a toothache and wanted to go to the dentist.” He broke out prison, visited the dentist, and turned himself back in where he received an extra day to his month-long sentence as punishment.
Bob Lambert, an undercover officer, dated an activist while infiltrating her group, and even fathered a child, despite already having a wife and children. When the assignment ended, he simply vanished, leaving a two-year-old son behind. The London police paid £425,000 to avoid court.
In 1995, NASA astronomer Bob Williams wanted to point the Hubble telescope at the darkest part of the sky for 100 hours. Critics said it was a waste of valuable time, and he’d have to resign if it came up blank. Instead it revealed over 3,000 galaxies, in an area 1/30th as wide as a full moon.
The Archbishop of New Orleans ruled that Alligator meat is classified as fish, so Catholics can eat it on Fridays during Lent.
In 1992 Hong Kong, a Mercedes-Benz was stolen every 5 hours. The theft and exporting of luxurious cars to China got so bad that Toyota began advertising in Chinese newspapers; stating that Lexus cars would breakdown after 20,000 miles if Chinese standard Leaded fuel was used. Not one was stolen.
Christmas used to be illegal in Massachusetts. After 1681, Christmas was no longer a crime, but was completely taboo. Anyone caught making merry or singing carols was prosecuted for disturbing the peace. It remained taboo until 1870, when the federal government made it a national holiday.
Robert Shields, maintained an incredibly detailed diary for 25 years. The diary chronicles every five minutes of his life from 1972 until a stroke disabled him in 1997. The entire collection fills 94 boxes and is estimated at 37.5 million words.