NASA officially banned consuming alcohol in space in 1972 after sherry was proposed for Skylab meals, but it never really went away. “NASA will tell you there is no alcohol aboard the ISS” says astronaut Clayton Anderson. “As a person who lived there for five months, I’ll tell you that’s bogus.”
Philadelphia man David Good was reunited with his mother after traveling deep in to the Amazon, to locate her tribe. His mother, Yarima, escaped back to the Amazon 6 years after David’s father had married her and brought her to Philadelphia.
There’s a grocery chain in the UK called Iceland Foods that once pursued legal action against Icelandic companies that use the name Iceland in their names. Iceland Foods was founded in 1970, while the country Iceland was established in 874.
Mark Twain made a substantial amount of money throughout his career but lost most of it. He lost the equivalent of $9,000,000 on a typesetting machine investment, his publishing company failed after selling only 200 copies of one of his books, & he was forced to sell his house in Connecticut.
US president Calvin “Silent Cal” Coolidge used to buzz for his secret service and then would hide under his desk while they frantically searched for him.
Cuban ballet dancers are arguably the country’s most esteemed export, they often earn more money than doctors, and they perform locally to the type of cheering crowd that in the USA would be reserved for pop stars
In 1983 a Mexican pilot crashed landed in a small town in Ireland and the whole town came together to build a temporary runway for him to take off again and continue his flight.
A sports writer wrote a rude and snarky article about the Women’s National Basketball Association even though he had never been to a game. He was confronted by a WNBA star who chided him and invited him to watch her play. Two years later they were married.
“Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” by the Spin Doctors was about Chris Barron’s stepmother. When he was a kid, she told him that he would grow up to be a janitor and would play his songs for the rats. The Spin Doctors’ debut album sold 5 million copies with this song as the lead single.