In New Orleans during Mardi Gras they serve an iced, multi-colored cake called King Cake. Inside the cake there is a small baby figurine called a fève which represents baby Jesus. Whomever gets the fève is said to have luck and prosperity for the rest of the year.
In the operatic song in The Fifth Element, composer Eric Sierra “purposely wrote un-singable things” so she’d sound like an alien. When opera singer Inva Muls came for the part, “she sang 85% of what [Eric] thought was technically impossible”, the rest being assembled in the studio.
The air quality around the Salton Sea in the Imperial Valley (CA) is so bad that schools use green, yellow, and red flags to indicate whether children with asthma can go outside and play with their classmates
Norse Paganism is the fastest growing and largest non-Christian religion in Iceland.
TVs used to end broadcasting and go static at midnight.
When Ozone gas was first identified in 1840 its harmful effects were not widely understood – it was associated with fresh air and recuperative properties. In 1882, a businessman coined the name Ozone Park (NY) to promote the area’s proximity to “fresh tonic ocean air”.
Confederados is a population of 260,000 descendants of Southern US expatriates who fled to Brazil after the Civil War. They host an annual festival that includes fried chicken and Confederate flags and uniforms.
Oysters used to be one of the cheapest and widely available foods in New York City, and crushed oyster shells were even used as mortar to build the city and pave its roads.
In 2013 an angler won £800 in a fishing completion with a 13lb Bass, he then sold it to a fishmonger. However he had stolen it from a local aquarium, another competitor recognized it, and tipped off police. He was arrested and admitted theft and fraud.
The first commercial airliner shot down by hostile forces was refurbished, returned to service, and later became the third commercial airliner to be shot down by hostile forces.