Thomas Jefferson sent a giant moose carcass to Paris to prove that America’s animals were bigger than Europe’s.
In 1965, Arnold Schwarzenegger went AWOL in the Austrian Army (during the 1 year service required by the government) to attend a bodybuilding contest. He spent a week in military prison, but won the contest, propelling the opportunity for larger contests and, ultimately, his ticket to to America.
Three years later, he was living in Venice Beach, California. Along with fellow famed bodybuilder, Franco Columbu, he opened a brick laying business that became quite successful, financially fueling other business ventures, while simultaneously becoming the most famous bodybuilder in the world.
The first Soviet citizen to visit the White House was a female WWII sniper with 309 confirmed kills, one of which was a sniper she dueled for 3 days.
But as the tour progressed, Pavlichenko began to bristle at the questions, and her clear, dark eyes found focus. One reporter seemed to criticize the long length of her uniform skirt, implying that it made her look fat. In Boston, another reporter observed that Pavlichenko “attacked her five-course New England breakfast yesterday. American food, she thinks, is O.K.”
Soon, the Soviet sniper had had enough of the press’s sniping. “I wear my uniform with honor,” she told Time magazine. “It has the Order of Lenin on it. It has been covered with blood in battle. It is plain to see that with American women what is important is whether they wear silk underwear under their uniforms. What the uniform stands for, they have yet to learn.”
Part of the static seen on analog televisions is cosmic background radiation from the big bang.
Following Bruce Lee’s death in 1973, a series of “Brucesploitation” movies got released starring look-alike actors to capitalize on the late star’s fame. The actors had names such as Bruce Le, Bruce Lai, Brute Lee, and Bruce Lie.
50 years ago, Ham the chimp was launched into space, where he experienced up to 14.7g during a six-minute freefall. He survived his ocean splashdown (although he nearly drown before rescue crews arrived) and lived 20 more years at a zoo in Washington D.C.
One study found that job seekers are more likely to be hired if they wear glasses to their interview. Several studies have shown that people who wear glasses are typically perceived as more intelligent, more competent, and more industrious than those without spectacles.
There was a mysterious culture in Eastern Europe between 5,500 to 2,700 BC which constructed sophisticated, organized, densely-populated settlements – only to burn them to the ground every 60-80 years to rebuild the same settlement as before.
Workers in wine cellars used to wear iron face masks because 20-90 percent of sparkling wine bottles would explode due to instability, often causing a chain reaction.
The 747 airliner has a hump because Boeing was convinced that future supersonic aircraft would eventually make it obsolete as a passenger plane. The raised cockpit allowed for a hinged nose so the 747 could continue being marketable as a cargo carrier. Today, the 747 as a passenger plane is steadily replaced by twin-engine aircrafts as they are more efficient. However, fuel efficiency isn’t such a big concern for cargo and therefore, the 747 is very popular as a cargo plane.