Elizabeth Taylor‘s voluminous eyelashes were caused by a rare genetic mutation which was responsible for her having 2 rows of eyelashes.
Modern fire departments were the creation of insurance companies. Insurance companies hired private brigades to put out fires for their policy holders. Each insurance company had their own brigade and would extinguish the fires of their customers while leaving non-customer properties to burn.
Deficiency of Vitamin D worsens respiratory tract infections. This is thought to be one of the reasons why there are fewer Flu cases in the summer.
Bears are considered by many wildlife biologists to be one of the most intelligent land animals of North America. They possess the largest and most convoluted brains relative to their size of any land mammal. In the animal kingdom, their intelligence compares with that of higher primates.
Before toilet paper, Ancient Romans used a sponge on the end of a long stick that was shared by everyone in the community. When not in use, the stick stayed in a bucket of heavily salted seawater in the communal bathroom.
The Farmer’s Almanac was once used to also serve as toilet paper. They drilled a hole in the corner so it could hang in an outhouse.
Shakespeare became wealthy by hoarding grain, and reselling at inflated prices during a period of famine. He used the profits for money-lending activity and was pursued by authorities for tax evasion and was prosecuted for hoarding grain.
Johnny Carson caused a nationwide toilet paper shortage in 1973 by claiming on national TV that there was a toilet paper shortage.
Hoarding toilet paper is an example of “zero-risk bias”, which is where people prefer to try to eliminate one type of superficial risk entirely rather than do something that would reduce their total risk by a greater amount.