When astronauts vote from space, they list their address as “low-Earth orbit” in their absentee ballots. Yet recently North Dakota republicans wanted to essentially ban Native American’s from voting because many of them have no address on their IDs.
Mcdonald’s stopped using beef tallow in their French fries after a wealthy heart attack survivor spent $3 million dollars on full page newspaper ads calling out the chain for their unhealthy menu.
Viking military tactics succeeded mainly because they disregarded the conventional battlefield tactics, methods, and customs of the time. They ignored unspoken rules, like not attacking holy sites. To the contrary Vikings intentionally targeted religious sites for their vulnerability and wealth.
The city of Detroit sits on top of a working salt mine. Since 1910, the mine has provided road salt for most of North America.
Cambridge University Library has run out of room for its 9 million+ books and built a huge store to hold 4 million more. The first book they put in was Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Exercise does not actually contribute much to weight loss. Simply eating better has a significantly bigger impact, even without much exercise.
Two pigmy whales, a mother and a calf got stranded in a beach unable to navigate back to the ocean past a series of sandbanks. Seeing their plight a dolphin arrived and guided the whales 200 yards along the shoreline and out through a channel into the open sea.
When the 1980 US hockey team was playing the USSR in a pre-Olympics exhibition, it was revealed during the game that a Soviet player had a gun under his jersey. The “player” was a KGB agent used to prevent players from defecting to the West.
A child once turned orange from drinking too much Sunny Delight. The company used Beta-Carotene (found it carrots) to color the drink which can make you orange at extremely high doses. The girl was drinking 1.5 liters a day.
The founder of IKEA, Ingvar Kamprad, was so frugal that he would regularly pocket salt and pepper packets at restaurants, reuse teabags, and drove a 1993 Volvo. He was worth $58.7 billion at the time of his death.