In July 2020, marine biologists studying the seafloor in the South Pacific Gyre (“the deadest spot in the ocean”) discovered aerobic microorganisms in “quasi-suspended animation.” At 101.5 million years old, they are the longest-living life forms ever found.
In 1965, California City, located in the mojave desert, was designed to be a metropolis built to rival Los Angeles. But lack of funds caused the city to never be built. The city currently has a population of around 15,000, and has a size of 125 square miles.
Since 1953, women in South Korea have been allowed to take one day off a month if they have painful periods.
The moon was created in a huge planetary collision 4.5 billion years ago. It was initially 22,000 km away, and an Earth day was 5 hours long. Due to tidal action, the moon has gradually moved away to 400,000 km, and slowed the Earth’s spin to a 24 hour day.
Because American textbooks are sold at a lower price in Thailand, somebody was reselling them in the US and making enough of a profit to get sued by the publishers, the Supreme Court ultimately ruled against the publishers because the “first sale” doctrine applies everywhere, not just the US.
In 1967, the magazine ‘Berkeley Barb’ published an article on how to extract psychoactive substances from banana peels. People didn’t realise it was a hoax and began smoking banana peels to try to get high off banana joints.
A British woman pranked her husband by pretending she had won the lottery. Three weeks later she actually won the lottery.
Edgar Rice Burroughs earned just $400 USD for his first published story in 1912. However, ‘Tarzan’ would become a hit. Burroughs purchased a ranch in California in 1915-1919 & the citizens the community elected to name the city Tarzana, California.
Over 8,000 pieces of music were secretly created in Nazi concentration camps; including symphonies, operas, and songs scribbled on everything from food wrappings to potato sacks. One prisoner composed an entire symphony on toilet paper using the charcoal given to him as dysentery medicine.
A study found that Ellen DeGeneres and Kim Kardashian rank among the highest for fake followers on social media, nearly 50%.