As a sign of appreciation, 49 box cars were sent from France to the US in 1949. Each car of the “Merci Train” contained personal items. This was a “thank you” gesture from French people to Americans, for donating supplies and food after WW2. Each state got one car. Some states even kept them in a local museum.
In Australia, a man escaped prison so many times that a special maximum security prison was built for him. After it, the Governor made a promise to him “If you get out again, I’ll forgive you”. And of course he escaped again, and the Governor kept his word and set him free.
Walking before solving a problem improves your creativity by an average of 60%.
Canada once minted a $1 million dollar coin, which was promptly stolen and never found.
Isaac Newton studied alchemy, tried to put all the world’s religious histories together into one timeline, thought Atlantis was real, associated with secret societies like the Freemasons, and predicted the end of the world in 2060.
In 2014, Christians in South Korea put up a giant Christmas tree which was visible from the North Korean border. The North Koreans claimed it was a tool for psychological warfare and demanded it be taken down. The defence ministry claimed the tree was dismantled for safety concerns.
In the movie “Interstellar” they actually planted 500 acres of corn in Calgary and it ultimately costed nothing because they made the money back when they sold the crops.
Celebrities have to pay $30k for their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They must sign a form stating that they want a star and that they will attend the unveiling of it. Celebrities Julia Roberts, Clint Eastwood, Denzel Washington, and Al Pacino still don’t have a star.
Evans Monsignac, a man who was buried alive for 27 days after the 2010 Haiti earthquake, survived by sipping sewage. After his rescue, he weighed just 40kgs, having shed 27kgs during his ordeal.
The Spanish once granted automatic Spanish citizenship to Irish people. Due to their belief that the Irish were a group of ancient Spanairds who left Spain with a Spanish King called Míl Espáine to settle the Island of Ireland.