The first ever photocopier, the Xerox 914, caught fire so frequently that a “scorch eliminator”, asmall fire extinguisher, was provided with the copier.
In July 2018, scientists from 4 Russian institutions collected and analyzed 300 prehistoric worms from the permafrost and thawed them. 2 of the ancient worms revived and began to move and eat. One is dated at 32,000 years old, the other 41,700 years old.
North Korea is obsessed with Choco Pies from South Korea. There’s a black market for them, and factories once used them to pay worker bonuses. In 2010, The Chosun Ilbo reported that choco pies could fetch as much as US$9.50 on the North Korean black market. In 2014, S Korean activists sent 10K pies to NK with helium balloons. After an injured NK defector crossed the DMZ in 2017, he was given a lifetime supply.
In 1997, three composers created “The Most Unwanted Song” based on an opinion poll of annoying musical elements. It includes bagpipes, a opera singer rapping about being a cowboy, children singing about Christmas shopping at Walmart, and much more. It is twenty two minutes long.
They also recorded “The Most Wanted Song”.
There is a German settlement in the jungles of Peru called Pozuzo that was established in 1859 by around 150 German/Austrian settlers. They were completely cut off from both their Homeland and the rest of Peru for 120 years. They were able to do this by being completely self sufficient. This is how Pozuzo looks like today.
The CIA parachuted hundreds of people into North Korea throughout the 1950s to start resistance networks and, despite never hearing from most of them again, continued to parachute more in until an inquiry in the 1970s questioned the morality of such an initiative.
A team of thieves stole $18,000 worth of tracking devices from a warehouse. They were apprehended within hours.
A poultry company in Australia uses a live chicken to run its Twitter account. As Betty walks over the keyboard, the resulting literature is then published to the Twitter feed of @ChickenTreat and marked with the hashtag #ChickenTweet.
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— Chicken Treat (@ChickenTreat) October 12, 2015
Locals in Cornwall created an imaginary beach to deal with overcrowded beaches. Fake signposts were put up all over the county leading to the ‘Best Beach In Cornwall,” however the signs actually diverted tourists in the opposite direction from any of the coasts.
Andy George spent $1,500 and 6 months making a single sandwich completely from scratch. In order to understand where our food comes and how much a single sandwich really costs, he did absolutely everything from making his own cheese to harvesting his own wheat. He made his own salt and made his own oil. He grew sunflowers and collected their seeds to extract fat.