The ancient Greek colonial city of Sybaris had their plumbing priorities in the right place. They are said to have had pipelines that brought wine from the countryside vineyards directly into the city and their homes.
If you took all the approximately 60,000 miles of blood vessels out of a human body and laid them end-to-end, they would stretch around the world twice. And you would probably be arrested.
Napoleon Bonaparte’s wedding night ran into some trouble when, as he and his wife Josephine tried to consummate their marriage, Josephine’s dog bit him hard on the leg. Apparently the animal was unhappy at having a new person sharing the bed.
Charles Dickens always slept facing north, in an effort to battle insomnia – when he travelled, he would carry a compass with him and move his bed around so it was correctly aligned. He also liked to face north while writing, believing it aided his creativity.
The first modern dishwashing machine was invented by wealthy American socialite Josephine Cochrane in 1886 – not to reduce the amount of kitchenwork she had to do, because she never did any, but because she was annoyed with her servants chipping her china.
In space, no one can hear you cry. Because you can’t. Astronauts are unable to cry properly because there is no gravity and tears cannot flow properly as they would on Earth. It is possible to produce tears in space – but they would leave the eye and float around.
The inventor of the light bulb, Thomas Edison, is said to have been afraid of the dark.
When the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in Paris in 1911, one of the people arrested on suspicion of its theft was Pablo Picasso. He’d been implicated by his friend, the poet Guillaume Apollinaire; both men were questioned, and eventually released.
The small town of Codell in Kansas was hit by a deadly tornado on May 20th, 1918. Not especially remarkable – except it had also been hit by tornados at around the same time in the evening, on the same day, in 1917 and 1916 as well.
While everybody’s worried about a global pandemic, here’s something to take your mind off those fears: since 1945, it’s thought that at least 50 nuclear weapons have been lost around the world, and were never recovered.