There is a banyan tree that has been officially under arrest (and chained) for over 100 years. In 1898 an intoxicated British officer ordered the mess sergeant to arrest the tree as he thought that it was moving towards him. Since then, the tree has remained in chains.
The “Windy City” name has nothing to do with Chicago weather. Chicago’s nickname was coined by 19th-century journalists who were referring to the fact that its politicians were “windbags” and “full of hot air.”
Principal Akbar Cook installed a free fully-stocked laundry room at school because students with dirty clothes were bullied and missing 3-5 days of school per month. Attendance rose 10%. The Principal Cook went on to create a Lights On program where students can stay late at school, get a hot meal and stay off the streets.
Similar to the fact that the American South may referred to as “The Bible Belt”, or the Great Lakes Region is referred to as “The Rust Belt”, the Mormon Corridor (in the Midwest of the US)is nicknamed “The Jello Belt” because they consume twice the amount of Jello as the average American.
You have to use an organic cotton bag 20,000 times before it becomes more environmentally friendly than a typical plastic bag.
In 2015, Whole Foods tried to sell Asparagus Water for $6 (literally three stalks of asparagus in a bottle of water). Twitter users made fun of the company for selling such a ridiculously pricey item. The company’s CEO then issued an apology and pulled off the product from the shelves.
Researches at Harvard and Columbia concluded that sarcasm promotes creative thinking because both the expressers and recipients of sarcasm need to overcome the contradiction between the literal and actual meanings of the sarcastic expressions.
Ancient Greek historian Polybius came up with a cyclical theory of government (anacyclosis), where governments start off as monarchies, the final stage is ochlocracy, when a democracy degenerates into chaos and mob-rule. Then the cycle resets itself.