Cocktails‘ raise in popularity occurred during Prohibition. The fruit juices and other flavorings were used to mask the taste of the illegally produced alcohol, which was of much poorer quality than people were used to.
Japan occupied a small portion of Alaska for over a year during World War II.
Vatican City, the world’s smallest nation, is technically an absolute monarchy with the Pope as sovereign.
Japanese people were considered “Honorary Whites” by both Nazi Germany and apartheid South Africa.
Nikita Khrushchev reportedly had an emotional breakout upon hearing of JFK’s assassination. He feared a new president would greatly increase the likelihood of nuclear war.
The Library of Congress has a Flickr account.
Because of Nazi persecution of people with dwarfism, most of the Oompa Loompas in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory had no acting experience and many didn’t even speak English.
The entire film industry was so sure the first Star Wars film was going to be a flop that 20th Century Fox had to use an illegal marketing scheme to get it into theaters.
A Danish company is in the process of designing a female urinal to make urinating easier and more sanitary for women.
Nimrod is the name of a great hunter mentioned in the Bible. However, when Bugs Bunny sarcastically referred to Elmer Fudd as Nimrod in a 1932 cartoon, its meaning quickly changed to the one we use today.