During WWI, cotton was in high demand for the manufacture of uniforms and explosives. For bandages, doctors turned to using sphagnum moss. It can hold up to 22 times its own weight in liquid — twice as absorptive as cotton. The moss is also antiseptic, making the surrounding environment acidic.
During the 1992 L.A. riots, police officers asked the accompanying U.S. Marines to cover them while searching a house for a suspect that held his wife and children hostage. Mistaking the statement “cover them” for suppressive fire, the Marines promptly fired 200 rounds into the house. Remarkably, neither the man who fired the original shots from inside, nor the woman and children who turned out to be in the apartment, were hit by the bullets.
Americans work more than any other major countries — 137 hours per year more than Japanese, 260 per year more than the UK, and 500 hours per year more than France.
Early Sears catalogs were made smaller than Montgomery Ward catalogs so that neatnik housewives would stack them on top.
The legendary Johnny Cash fought for the rights of Native Americans and dedicated an entire album to them. Radio stations refused to play any of the album. In retaliation, Cash bought an ad on Billboard asking: “Where are your guts?”
In Finland some children read to dogs and cows because they actually like listening and are extremely attentive.
Nikola Tesla planned to make school children smarter and healthier by saturating them unconsciously with electricity, wiring the walls of a schoolroom with high-voltage lines. The plan was provisionally approved by then superintendent of New York City schools, William H. Maxwell.
The world’s only scuba diving pizza delivery service is available to visitors of Jules’ Undersea Lodge, the US’s only underwater hotel.
When Bill Gates’ daughter started kindergarten, he dropped her off at school in the mornings to help out his wife, Melinda. Within a few weeks, seeing this, other dads at the school began to drop their children off in the mornings instead of their wives.