In 1838, a man stopped on the Boulevard du Temple in Paris to get his boots cleaned. He and the cleaner stood still for at least seven minutes on the street, and accidentally became the first people in history to be photographed.
Isaac Newton became a member of Parliament but only spoke once, telling someone to close the window.
There is a service that allows you to “Rent a Friend” to attend social events, play sports, travel, or just hang out.
In Hidalgo, Mexico, there’s an amusement park attraction that offers visitors a fake illegal border crossing experience.
Infants will stare at an attractive face longer than an unattractive one.
In the United States the reason voting takes place on a Tuesday is in 1845 it could take rural farmers up to a day of travelling by horse and cart to get to a voting station. Wednesday was typically market day and Sunday was the Biblical Sabbath so Tuesday was chosen to allow ample travel time.
About 1/3 of new cars no longer come with a spare tire. While some have run-flat tires, having no spare tires decreases weight and increases fuel economy and also quietly saves car companies millions of dollars a year.
Canadians are entitled to receive a free flag from the government ($150 value), but the waiting period is 99 years.
Astronauts lose as much as 22% of their blood while in space, as a reaction to the uniform blood pressure caused by microgravity. Until their body replaces this blood, many returning astronauts can’t stand for more than a few minutes without fainting.