“Retail Apocalypse” is the closing of numerous large-chain retail stores worldwide, starting around 2010 and continuing onward.
Cry rooms were an amenity movie theaters had starting in the 1940s. These were small areas at the back of a theater where those with unruly kids could continue to watch the film. The presence of these rooms declined greatly by the 1970s due to the rise of multiplex theaters.
21 leading Nazis were given IQ tests at Nuremberg. The average score was 128. The smartest Nazi was Hjalmar Schacht, a key resistance fighter who was acquitted on all charges. He scored 143.
Under German law, self-driving cars must be programmed to avoid human death at all cost. This means the car is allowed to destroy property, accelerate beyond legal speeds, and hit animals to avoid hitting a human.
The distance of Earth from the Sun is about 108 times the diameter of the Sun. Likewise, the distance between the Earth and the Moon is also about 108 times the diameter of the Moon.
An author created a 1000 page book that is made up of a single run on sentence.
Moxie is the oldest bottled soft drink in the U.S. Founded in 1884, 2 years before Coca-Cola, it originally claimed to have “cured drunkards by the thousands”. Once widely available, it is now mostly found in New England. In 2005, Moxie was named the State of Maine’s official soft drink.
Mushrooms talk to each other, with patterns that closely resembles human speech.
Benjamin Franklin published a yearly almanac called Poor Richard’s Almanack. The publication was extremely popular, selling 10,000 copies per year, making Franklin rich. In 1735, upon the death of his brother, Franklin sent 500 copies to his widow so she could make money selling them.
In 1928, to recover from the loss of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Disney devised an idea of a mouse character named Mortimer while on a train headed to California, producing a few simple drawings. The mouse was later renamed Mickey Mouse since Disney’s wife, Lillian, disliked the sound of ‘Mortimer.