During the Cold War, the Icelandic government imposed a ban on black US soldiers on its US base for the purposes of “protecting” Icelandic women and preserve a homogeneous “national body.”
Prehistoric Europeans made clay baby bottles in the shape of cute animals. These bottles have been found in the graves of infants, indicating an importance greater than simply function.
In New York State you don’t need a law degree to be a judge. Across NY 61% of local judges are not lawyers, and in the North Country region 85% of local judges are not lawyers.
In 1325 in Italy, Modenese soldiers stole a well bucket from Bologna. 30,000 Bolognese foot-soldiers were sent to invade Modena. Outnumbered 6 to 1, Modena won in just a few hours and chased the enemy all the way back to Bologna. Then they stole another bucket.
The toothbrush was found as the most essential invention of mankind, beating the car, the personal computer, the cellphone and the microwave, in a survey conducted by MIT.
Three german students got sued by their alma mater for 10,000€ because they graduated “too fast”. They completed their bachelors and masters degree within 4 instead of 11 semesters by attending different lectures and sharing notes. Then they founded a ghostwriting agency.
Shrek was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
Teflon was introduced by DuPont in nonstick cookware in 1946 and was the very “forever chemical.” These types of chemicals are linked to many diseases, never break down in the environment, and are now present in the blood of nearly every American adult and newborn baby.
A study in 2019 found the average American hasn’t made a new friend in five years, and 45 percent of adults say they find it difficult to make friends in general.
Gillian Lynne did so badly in school teachers thought she had a learning disorder and her mom took her to a doctor. Lynne began dancing to his radio; the doctor said: She’s not disordered, she’s a dancer; put her in dance school. Lynne became a world-renowned dancer and music theater choreographer.