Swedes have a national weekly eating plan. Thursdays are traditionally pancakes and split pea soup.
In 1990, high school senior Lisa Leslie scored 101 points in the first half of a basketball game, an average of more than 6 points a minute. She wanted to break the record of 105 points in a game, but couldn’t because the other team refused to come back after half time.
Argentina’s Antarctic research base, Brown Station, was burned to the ground in 1984 by the base’s doctor because he was told he had to stay the winter.
The world’s richest woman, Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, owns a 33% stake in L’Oreal which was founded by her grandfather, Eugène Schueller, a known fascist and Nazi sympathizer. Françoise married and has raised her children Jewish.
According to a 2011 study, SpongeBob is messing with the memory retention of children, impairing their “readiness for learning.” Findings show that allowing preschoolers to watch the series causes short-term disruptions in mental function and attention span due to frequent camera cut scenes.
Pepperoni is an American invention. It’s similar to the spicy salamis of southern Italy, but it also has elements characteristic of German sausages (smokiness, beef content, and fine grind). In Italian, “peperoni” just means “bell peppers”.
North Korea, “world’s worst Internet black hole,” restricts Internet access to high-level Party officials and then only “to browse fan pages of the leading Kim dynasty”; in response, “North Koreans [are] buying properties close to foreign embassies in a bid to access their wifi.”
An English convict named William Buckley was transported to a penal colony in Australia, After escaping he was discovered by an Aboriginal tribe who believed he was the returning spirit of a deceased tribesmen so they took him in, He continued living with them for 32 years. By virtue of his age and peaceful ways, Buckley … became a Ngurungaeta, a person of considerable respect among his people and his voice was influential in deciding matters of war and peace.
Director Michael Bay (Transformers) often traces his interest in action films back to when he attached firecrackers to a toy train and filmed the ensuing fiery disaster with his mother’s 8 mm camera. The fire department was called and he was grounded.
In 1900, the Secretary of the Navy wanted to use the USS Constitution for target practice until it sunk. A benefactor offered to buy it but was refused so he started a campaign that successfully pressured Congress into saving it. Built in 1797, it is now the oldest ship still afloat.