In 1993, a South Korean professor successfully built and tested a self-driving car, which travelled more than 300km from Seoul to Busan. His car was eventually scrapped.
In 2018, the US hit a record high of never-married adults. 35% of Americans ages 25 to 50 had never been married, compared to 9% in 1970.
Neanderthals, which were traditionally thought of as extremely primitive humans, are now believed to have been extremely intelligent, even comparable to the intelligence of modern humans. They used tools, had social structures, thrived in hostile environments, and lived long lives.
Humans are incredible long distance runners. There’s a Man vs Horse marathon held in Wales annually since 1980. It’s been won by a human multiple times after the first human winner in 2004.
Industrialist Henry Clay Frick feuded with Andrew Carnegie after they split as business partners. He even built his skyscraper, the Frick Building, directly adjacent to one of his buildings to keep it constantly in the shadows.
There was an early 1900s act named ‘Sober Sue, whose only draw was that never smiled. A theatre offered $1000 to anybody who could make her laugh, attracting big comedians who failed and gave crowds free shows instead. It was later discovered that Sue suffered from facial paralysis.
Two beer drinkers in California sued the Kona Brewing Co. in 2017 for deceptive marketing and branding, believing their products to be made exclusively in Hawaii. Kona does in fact make beer in 5 different states, including Hawaii, and labels their products accordingly.
William Stephenson, a Canadian, was the real-life inspiration for fictional character James Bond. Stephenson played a key role in the creation of the CIA.
To prepare for her role as Annie in Speed, Sandra Bullock actually learned how to drive a bus. She passed the test and got her license on her first try.
The Amondawa language has no word for “time”, or time periods such as “month” or “year”. The people do not refer to their ages, but rather assume different names in different stages of their lives or as they achieve different status within the community.