A species of mushroom that grows in the northern hemisphere can get people high, but some other chemicals in the mushroom also make you very ill. However if a reindeer eats the mushrooms, the illness producing toxins are filtered out but the hallucinogen survives in the reindeer urine. It’s called Amanita Muscaria, aka Fly Agaric and can be seen in most Alice in Wonderland pictures. Pretty red (and sometimes yellow) mushrooms with whiteish patches on the surface.
Legend also has it that the royalty in Siberia would eat them and the peasants would fight to get the noble’s night pot because he could get high on the piss but not have any of the toxins.
A guy drove 3.25 million miles with his Volvo that he bought in 1966 until his death in 2018.
Vincent Speranza made a beer run for a wounded buddy during the Battle of the Bulge that became a legend in Belgium and he did not find out until 65 years later.
A 1992 Japanese TV show combined English lessons with gymnastic exercise programs. On the show, three gymnasts would perform synchronized exercises while chanting phrases like, “Hasta la vista, baby,” “Spare me my life!”, “I was robbed by two men!”, and “I have a bad case of diarrhea.”
For those who would like to hold someone’s hand as they walk around, but can’t find anyone human who will oblige, engineers at Gifu University in Japan have invented the “My Girlfriend in Walk”. It’s a robotic hand covered in soft, skin-like gel that will grip your hand. Plus, it emits the scent of a woman’s shampoo, and (through a smartphone app) can simulate the sounds of breathing and rustling clothes.
The inventors hope that it might help people who have been isolated due to the pandemic.
Burger King launched a $40 million ad campaign in November 1985 called “Where’s Herb?” The idea was to find a character named Herb who’d never been to BK. Other chains pointed out that if Herb wasn’t at BK, it meant he probably liked other chains’ burgers more. Burger King profits fell 40% in 1986.
The only existing film footage of Anne Frank is posted on YouTube by the Amsterdam museum.
The girl next door to Anne is getting married and the footage shows a 13-year-old Anne leaning out of a window to get a good look at the bride and groom.
In 1886, the Germans sent a mission to Chile to help train and modernise the Chilean army. As a result of the Germans overhaul of their army, the ceremonial uniforms, weapons and marching songs are all German or German based, and military parades look like a step into Germany 150 years ago.
In 1989 two brothers flew ultralight planes over the Berlin Wall into East Germany to rescue a brother they’d left behind when they escaped years earlier. They landed at a park inside the DDR, picked up their brother, and flew back to West Berlin in less than 20 minutes.
Carl Sagan convinced NASA to turn the Voyager Spacecraft towards earth and take the iconic “Pale Blue Dot” photo nearly 4 billions miles away from earth.