Elina Powell was a black nurse who served during WWII. She was assigned to work at a POW camp, like most African-American nurses at the time, and fell in love with a German POW there. They married and had children despite it being illegal in both the U.S and Germany during this time period.
The average cloud weighs more than a blue whale. According to scientists, the weight of the average cumulus cloud is 1.1 million pounds.
American currency went as high as $10,000, with $5,000, $1,000 and $500 bills also in circulation. They were discontinued in 1969 for “lack of use.”
As a rapper, Will Smith spent so much money between 1988-89, he underpaid his taxes. Smith had $2.8 million of his wages garnished and many of his belongings taken away. This prompted him to become an actor in the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Modern Hollywood was started by a group of independent filmmakers who moved to California in the 1910s to get away from Thomas Edison’s total monopoly on all aspects (scripts, cameras, theaters, actors) of the early, east coast film industry.
Houses in Bermuda have white stepped roofs to harvest rain water and store it, as the island has no fresh-water springs, rivers or lakes.
Lake Malawi in Malawi, Tanzania, and Mozambique, the fourth-largest freshwater lake in the world, is called the “Calendar Lake”, because it is 365 miles from top to bottom, 52 miles at its widest point, and 12 main rivers flow into the lake.
Business Ryokan Asahi, a hotel in Japan, offers a room for only 92 cents a night. A requirement for booking this room is that you agree to be livestreamed during your stay.
In 2014, four tenants refused to move out of their homes when developers wanted to create one of the most exclusive residences in Manhattan. Eventually, they all received huge payouts. The last tenant was so savvy and stubborn he received $17 million, plus use of a $2 million residence for life.
Candles have “memories”– if candles are not allowed to burn long enough to reach the edge of their container, it creates a “memory ring” and the candle will never melt past that point creating a tunneling effect.