There is a variant of chess called “Singularity Chess” played on a board distorted in the center. Due to the distortion, some pieces can make U-turns, attack the same square multiple ways, and bishops can change square colors.
Most newspapers are written at a fifth-grade reading level.
A woman disguised herself as a man for 18 months to write a book on gender. After the experiment, she was institutionalized for depression, and stated that she never felt so glad for being a woman.
Louis Pasteur, a French microbiologist from the 1800’s, kept a loaded gun in his laboratory while working on a vaccine for rabies; if he or one of his lab assistants got infected, they were to be shot in the head.
A Spanish woman claims she legally owns the sun and is trying to charge people for the use of the sun.
A species of bird known as the Shrike impales all of its prey so that it can return and feed whenever it wants.
Nuclear War during the Cuban Missile Crisis was averted by the action of a single Soviet officer.
There is a mountain in Canada called “Unnecessary Mountain”.
A history teacher in the 1960s ran an experiment to recreate Nazi Germany using his students, called the “Third Wave.” The students had hung banners around the school, saluted each other in the hallways, and his skipped other classes to join the movement.