In 2018, Japan’s new cybersecurity minister admitted that he never used a computer.
Housewarming parties were literally thrown for people to bring wood and warm houses when moving in.
A Japanese rail company has apologised after a train left a station 25 seconds early. The operator said, “the great inconvenience we placed upon our customers was truly inexcusable”.
Even after he became a famous writer and military officer, Winston Churchill was constantly overshadowed by his friend Winston Churchill.
In 2015 Sobe beverages in the US apologised for a joke that backfired. Some customers started voicing their concern after finding “Help me, Trapped in SoBe factory” under the lids of some of their bottles. Turns out the cry for help was intentionally put there by the company as a marketing ploy.
“The Three Christs of Ypsilanti” is a psychiatric case-study that revolved around an experiment on a group of three patients with paranoid schizophrenia, each of whom believed they were literally Jesus Christ. They were brought together and “quarreled over who was holier”.
Although it is commonly shown in medical dramas, you do not shock someone with a flatline. You only use defibrillators on people with ventricular fibrillation, and pulseless ventricular tachycardia (heart beats out of rhythm or heart beats that are really fast and out of sync).
Fed up with Ontario laws restricting the cross-provincial sale of eggs, the Canadian province of Manitoba copied the Ontario laws, sued itself all the way up to the Supreme Court, and got those laws deemed unconstitutional in ALL provinces.
Roughly one out of every three pair of socks you wear was made in a place known as “Sock City”. A small Chinese village in the 1980s it has grown to employ over 100,000 people and produces 8 billion socks a year.
Back in 1985, city officials in St. Louis decided that the term ‘bus stop’ sounded too negative, so they voted to rename them ‘bus starts.’ 1800 new ‘bus start’ signs were duly installed.
A year-and-a-half later, when it became clear that people were confused by what a ‘bus start’ was supposed to be, the city conceded defeat and went back to using the traditional term. This, of course, meant buying even more new signs.