The Farmer’s Almanac was once used to also serve as toilet paper. They drilled a hole in the corner so it could hang in an outhouse.
Shakespeare became wealthy by hoarding grain, and reselling at inflated prices during a period of famine. He used the profits for money-lending activity and was pursued by authorities for tax evasion and was prosecuted for hoarding grain.
Johnny Carson caused a nationwide toilet paper shortage in 1973 by claiming on national TV that there was a toilet paper shortage.
Hoarding toilet paper is an example of “zero-risk bias”, which is where people prefer to try to eliminate one type of superficial risk entirely rather than do something that would reduce their total risk by a greater amount.
There is a remote, Alpine village in Austria with a population of just over 1,000 which has its own underground/metro line. It’s just 1.3 km long, has 4 stations and connects a parking lot with some ski lifts located at the opposite ends of the village.
Our skin is covered in invisible stripes. First observed by Alfred Blaschko in the early 1900s, they appeared not to follow any known body system. Visible only under UV light, these stripes now known to be cellular relics of fetal development from singular-cell beings to fully formed humans.
Monks in Westminster Abbey would eat 6,000 calories a day normally and 4,500 a day when “fasting”. They drank a gallon of beer and 10 oz of wine and ate 2.25 lbs of bread, 5 eggs, and 2 lbs of meat or fish a day. Many monks became obese and suffered related conditions.
The Beidane people of northern Africa throw lavish parties for divorces as well as marriages. These events emphasize that divorce is not merely the end of a marriage but a transition to a new phase of life.
Carbon Chauvinism is a term coined by Carl Sagan which assumes that all extraterrestrial life must be made of carbon because carbon-based humans are unable to imagine life made of radically different biochemistries.