The word ‘disaster’ comes from the Italian ‘disastro’, meaning ‘ill-starred’, as people believed their misfortunes were due to the astrological positioning of stars in the sky.
The only existing film footage of Anne Frank is posted on YouTube by the Amsterdam museum.
The girl next door to Anne is getting married and the footage shows a 13-year-old Anne leaning out of a window to get a good look at the bride and groom.
Britain removed all their road signs during World War II so that if the Germans invaded, they would get lost. These defensive preparations included the removal of signposts, milestones, and railway station signs. Gas pumps were also removed from service stations near their coast.
The Apostrophe Protection Society that was founded to enforce the proper use of the apostrophe in written English was brought to a “full stop” in 2019. The founder of the society stated that “the ignorance and laziness present in modern times have won!”
There is a Japanese cafe that is staffed by robot waiters controlled remotely by paralysed people.
Children in Iceland are not allowed to have names with the letter “C” in them. All names must conform to rules of Icelandic language, which does not have the letter “C”.
In 1967 a Munich resident Helmut G. Winter built a catapult to launch Bavarian potato dumplings at noisy planes flying over his house forcing the West German Luftwaffe pilots to concede defeat and change their flight path.
The last person to be convicted of blasphemy in the United States was an Arkansas man who in 1928 put a sign in his storefront reading, “Evolution Is True. The Bible’s a Lie. God’s a Ghost.” He spent 3 months in jail.
Contrary to what the movies would have you believe, romantic relationships invariably involve conflict. It may seem like arguing with your partner signals the end of a relationship but new research findings suggest it could help couples bond better.
Study on 11,196 couples shows that it’s not the person you choose but the relationship you build. The variables related to the couple’s dynamic predicted success in relationships more reliably than individual personality traits.
The USS William D. Porter was the only vessel in US Navy history to have its entire crew placed under arrest after accidentally firing a live torpedo at a vessel carrying the President of the United States and the Secretary of State.
In 1951 a 66 year old man wasn’t allowed to enter a 1800km (1118 miles) long bicykle race due to being to old. He showed up anyways and won the race by biking for days without sleep. He got the nickname ”Grandpa Steel”.