The reason the portrait of Winston Churchill looks grumpy on the £5 note, is because the photographer had just snatched the cigar out of Churchill’s mouth.
Humans nearly went extinct, reducing to a population of only 8,800 which would qualify today as “endangered” before bouncing back.
In Japan, it takes up to 20 years of school to become a sushi chef, which is years longer than it takes to become a doctor.
If you make a hologram of a magnifying glass, the holographic version will magnify the other objects in the hologram, just like a real one.
Ikea ran a print advert which you urinated on, and if you were pregnant it gave you a 50% discount on a crib.
Giant 6ft otters still exist in three remote river systems of South America. They hunt in packs and can even take on crocodiles.
A 64-year-old Sydney man filed 19,600 noise complaints about airport noise over a 12 month period. He averaged approximately one complaint for every 20 minutes the airport was open.
During the 2013 elections in The Maldives, a coconut was detained on the suspicion of ‘vote-rigging’ through the use of black magic. A magician was called in and established that the coconut was innocent.
At Norway’s maximum-security Halden Prison, prisoners are paid 53 kroner ($9) per day to leave their cells, which are equipped with a video game console, mini-fridge, and a window with no bars. Guard stations are tiny and cramped to encourage them to interact with the prisoners.
To prevent cheating during university entrance exams Uzbekistan shuts off the entire country’s internet for five hours on exam day.