In WWII there was a Nazi sailor who flushed his toilet incorrectly, causing his submarine to flood with seawater. The sub was forced to surface in view of the British who then attacked, resulting in the vessel’s destruction, 4 Nazi deaths, and 46 Nazis captured.
In 2018, Marcos Rodriguez Pantoja, a man who grew up in the wild amongst wolves from an early age until 19 years old, expressed he was disappointed with humanity and wished to return to the wild.
One of South Park co-creator Trey Parker’s first productions was a sketch for his 6th grade school variety show called “The Dentist.” There was so much fake blood involved that the sketch upset kindergarten students in the audience and Parker’s parents were called.
In 1912, Jim Thorpe, has his shoes stolen on the morning of his olympic track and filed events. He simply put on two other shoes that someone had tossed in a trash can. They were different sizes, though, so he had to wear extra socks on one foot to even them out. He went on to win two Gold medal. He was the first to win gold for the US.
As a child, Jimi Hendrix carried an actual broom with him everywhere around school for over a year, as a pretend guitar. The school’s social worker tried to get funding for a real guitar, insisting that leaving him without one might result in psychological damage.
In 1941 the President of Haiti declared war on Japan, Germany, Italy, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania. Only Romania bothered to declare war on Haiti in return.
In the 1990s, a Russian mafia and Italian mafia organization participated in a literal money-laundering scheme, washing and bleaching the ink out of US$1 bills and reprinting them as $100s, for use in the post-Soviet bloc countries, where the bills might avoid detection as counterfeits.
The famous “I ❤ NY” logo was drawn in the back of a taxi cab, given to New York for free, and makes New York State close to $30 million per year.
From 1919 to 1969, Cornell University’s home economics programs provided students in the program with “practice babies” from orphanages. The babies were all given the last name “Domecon,” shortened from the “Domestic Economy” program.