In 1905, American millionaire George Kessler threw himself a birthday party at the Savoy Hotel in London that involved flooding the entire courtyard with four feet of water so his guests could dine in gondolas and a five foot birthday cake brought out to them on the back of a baby elephant.
The inventor of washing your hands with soap, was called “scientifically unsound” and confined to an insane asylum where he died.
The longest walk ever taken place was by George Meegan. He walked from the bottom of South America to the top of North America. He took 41 million steps, wore out 12.5 pairs of shoes, and collected 8 world records.
The Spin Doctors’ song “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” was written by lead singer Chris Barron about his stepmother, whom he described as a ‘malignant narcissist’. He said “My stepmom told me I’d be a janitor… [so] I wrote a song about her. It’s been played on the radio three million times.”
During the French Revolution France established a state-sponsored atheistic religion called the Cult of Reason to replace Catholicism. It only lasted about a year and was later banned by Napoleon.
The largest stadium in history, the Circus Maximus, built in 6BC Rome, it had a capacity of 300,000 spectators. The largest modern stadium, Rungrado 1st of May Stadium, holds a mere 150,000 spectators.
William Howard Taft was the last president elected that had a mustache. No president since then has had a mustache because research does show that women feel a guy with facial hair seems less attuned to their issues.
A train traveling from west to east is lighter than traveling from east to west thanks to the Eötvös effect.
A Dunkin’ Donuts marketing campaign in South Korea released coffee aromas while their commercials played on buses and increased sales by 29%.
Eugene Debs, aka Convict No. 9653, was the only candidate to ever run for US president…from prison! Debs, imprisoned under the Espionage Act for his antiwar agitation during WWI, won nearly 1M votes in the 1920 election as a candidate for the Socialist Party.