A Lithuanian man living in the UK went missing in 2015, he was presumed murdered and the case went cold until 2020 when a Facebook profile with his named showed up. He had been living in woodland for 5 years completely isolated from the outside world and not sighted once in those 5 years.
The black strips below the eyes of NFL players was first used by baseball legend Babe Ruth in an attempt to reduce sun glare. Although studies have not conclusively proven its effectiveness. Wearing “eye black” now is more like modern war paint.
In mid-18th century France, eating potatoes was considered cruel and unusual punishment: potatoes were thought of as feed for livestock, and they were believed to cause leprosy in humans. The fear was so widespread that the French passed a law banning them in 1748.
Bank of America was originally founded as Bank of Italy, in America. They survived the Great San Fran Earthquake and were the first bank to open after it. Turns out, the bank owners had smuggled the money out of the city right after the quake. The fires consumed most of downtown and left the other banks with hot, unopenable vaults. BOA had money on hand to restart things.
And Wells Fargo was originally a stagecoach transport service. They mostly transported money across the nation, so they began developing a network of locations from coast to coast.
A tree in Glastonbury, England, is said to flower on Christmas day—and people were disappointed that it did not obey the switch to the Gregorian calendar in 1752.
In ’94 USA Today declaired the Mentos “Fresh Goes Better” campaign one of the worst ad campaigns even though sales doubled in ’94 and tripled in ’96.
In 1949 Simon the cat was awarded a military medal after surviving injuries from a cannon shell, raising morale, and killing off a rat infestation during the Yangtze Incident.
Due to food and labour shortages in the 1960’s, Brazil has the world’s largest population of Japanese people outside of Japan.
The celebrity crooner Frank Sinatra not only was tied up to the mob for life as they had helped him with his career, but he also owned casinos at Lake Tahoe and elsewhere in the area.
Two thirds of Argentina’s population is of Italian heritage. They fled there for economic opportunities and to escape devastating wars. It is the only other country besides Italy with an Italian heritage majority population.