People with cold water being poured into their left ear tend to be less optimistic about their health.
During the Great Depression, the Barter Theatre in Virginia paid royalties to Tennessee Williams and Noel Coward in ham. George Bernard Shaw, who was a vegetarian, got paid in spinach.
A wedding ring that was lost for 45 years was found in a car engine a man bought for parts. Will Frye came across the ring when he was taking apart the V8 he’d pulled from a 1972 Oldsmobile 98 junker. He called the former owner and the 93 year old remembered losing it around 1973.
“Kulning” is a Norwegian song using high-pitched vocal techniques to call cows in from the pastures.
More than 5,000 babies across the United States were abducted by a supposedly charitable organization between 1924 and 1950. The group targeted poor Southern families and developed a black market for white babies.
Charles Vance Millar, a Toronto lawyer, died in 1926 with no relatives. In his will, he left all his remaining assets (equivalent to $9 million CAD) to the woman who had the most babies within 10 years of his death, creating a “baby race” where woman competed to have the most babies.
In 1836, a sewer worker accidentally discovered an old drain which ran directly into the Bank of England’s gold vault. He wrote letters to the directors of the bank and requested a meeting inside the vault at an hour of their choosing – and popped out of the floor to greet them.
Farmers in New Zealand are using barking drones to herd sheep.
The appropriately dubbed ‘boss of all bosses’ of the Italian Mafia has been on the run for 26 years, and has been so successful at it that not a single picture exists of him from that time, despite being one of the worlds top 10 most wanted criminals.
Even though Benjamin Franklin is credited with many popular inventions, he never patented or copyrighted any of them. He believed that they should be given freely and that claiming ownership would only cause trouble and “sour one’s Temper and disturb one’s Quiet.”