Mercedes-Benz will send you an award certificate and a radiator emblem if you reach milestones of 250,000, 500,000, 750,000, 1,000,000, and 1,610,000 kilometers on your vehicle.
Krista and Tatiana Hogan are the one of the rarest forms of conjoined twins. Their brains are connected by a thalamic bridge which gives them unique neurological capabilities. They can feel and taste what the other is experiencing, can see through each other’s eyes, and hear each other’s thoughts.
Research finds that crows know what they know and can ponder the content of their own minds, a manifestation of higher intelligence and analytical thought long believed the sole province of humans and a few other higher mammals.
In 1998, Tom and Eileen Lonergran were scuba diving with a group in Australia, but the boat transporting them left before the couple surfaced from the water. The incident would later inspire the 2004 film Open Water.
The borders between Belgium and the Netherlands are so complex that many buildings have an international border running right through them. A bank was built on top of the border so paperwork was moved from one side of the building to the other whenever one nationality’s tax inspectors came.
Following the 1973 release of The Exorcist, six people who saw it had to be admitted to a Chicago hospital “straight from the theater.” Psychiatrist James Bozzuto examined four of them and concluded they were suffering from “cinematic neurosis” — a term he coined. Basically, this was neurosis caused by watching a movie. Symptoms of this condition included “anxiety, helplessness, sleeplessness and repetitive post-traumatic dreams.”
Phil Collins, composer of the soundtrack to Disney’s 1999 animated film “Tarzan”, performed all the songs not only in English, but French, German, Italian and Spanish as well.
In 1992, popular British electronic band The KLF fired machine gun blanks at their audience at the BRIT Awards, dumped a dead sheep at the afterparty, retired from the music industry, deleted their back catalogue and burned a million pounds just to say they made music for the art not the money.
J.R.R Tolkien was rejected for a Nobel Prize, in 1961, on the grounds of his poor storytelling.
Great Britain abolished slavery in 1807, then strong-armed other great powers to do the same, then used a large part of their fleet for 52 years to catch 1600 slaver ships, and in 1833 banned slavery in the full empire, buying free all slaves with a huge loan they were paying off until 2015.
Women slightly prefer the smell of a man who has eaten a lot of garlic.
As a schoolboy, JRR Tolkien felt “bitter disappointment and disgust” that the woods did not actually march on the villain’s castle and Shakespeare’s prophecy was revealed as a rhetorical trick (Macbeth). Later, Tolkien made a point of writing a story where the trees performed as advertised.