The Dew Drop Inn was a former New Orleans nightclub known for catering to Black audiences during the segregation era. Singers such as Ray Charles, James Brown, and Earl King once performed there. The club allowed white patrons and thus was sometimes raided for violating Jim Crow laws.
The Lorilland Tobacco Company was successfully sued for sending company vans into housing projects to give out free Newport cigarettes to black children in the late 60s.
Before Geronimo ever learned how to properly use a rifle, he would run at armed enemies in a zig-zag pattern until he was close enough to use his knife. He claimed that the mountain spirits spoke to him and said, “You will never die in battle, nor… by gun. I will guide your arrows.”
The founder of Safeway supermarkets was a preacher who felt that credit purchases were evil, and named his cash-only stores to promote the “safe way to shop”.
In 1940, an insurance agent sold an $800K policy on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and secretly pocketed the premium, believing the new bridge to be indestructible. The bridge collapsed spectacularly 4 months after opening, and the agent was jailed for fraud.
Since the 1960s, the Aral Sea, formerly the fourth largest lake in the world, has been drying up, leaving hundreds of fishing boats rusting in the desert.
“Retail Apocalypse” is the closing of numerous large-chain retail stores worldwide, starting around 2010 and continuing onward.
Cry rooms were an amenity movie theaters had starting in the 1940s. These were small areas at the back of a theater where those with unruly kids could continue to watch the film. The presence of these rooms declined greatly by the 1970s due to the rise of multiplex theaters.
21 leading Nazis were given IQ tests at Nuremberg. The average score was 128. The smartest Nazi was Hjalmar Schacht, a key resistance fighter who was acquitted on all charges. He scored 143.
Under German law, self-driving cars must be programmed to avoid human death at all cost. This means the car is allowed to destroy property, accelerate beyond legal speeds, and hit animals to avoid hitting a human.