In Bermuda, as there is no natural water source, residents collect rainwater by installing white, stepped roofs on their homes.
In the US, less than 1% of nuns are under 40, with the average age being 80 years old.
In 1925, Nome, Alaska was hit by a diphtheria epidemic and all the available antitoxin had been exhausted. Since land, air, and sea routes were not feasible, 20 mushers and 150 sled dogs bravely carried the serum over a distance of 674 miles in just 5 and a half days despite harsh subzero temperatures, near-blizzard conditions, and winds reaching hurricane force.
In an effort to preserve the truth, a woman recorded hundreds of thousands of hours of TV news between 1977 and 2012. She accumulated a vast collection of 71,000 VHS and Betamax tapes, which were stored in her home and in apartments she rented specifically for this purpose. Upon her death, the Internet Archive agreed to digitize this extensive archive.
The introduction of the Common Core State Standards in 2010 led to many schools removing handwriting instruction, including cursive writing, from their curriculum as it was no longer a requirement for students to be proficient in it.
Dennis Ritchie, the creator of the C programming language and co-developer of the Unix operating system, passed away one week after Steve Jobs. Despite his significant contributions to the field of computer science and his impact on nearly every software system in use today, his death received little attention due to being overshadowed by Steve Jobs’ passing.
A dedicated fan traveled three hours to bring insulin to the rapper Boozie Badazz. Instead of accepting any payment, she requested only a photo. On her way back, she stopped at a store, bought a scratch-off lottery ticket and won $10,000.
The Drake Equation, a formula developed in 1961, is used to calculate the number of advanced civilizations capable of communicating via radio within our galaxy. The initial estimate using this equation was at least 20.
Minors spend, on average, 7 hours per week with their father, and 15 hours per week playing video games.
During World War II, the Nazis developed a secret weapon named the “Schweres Wasser” (Heavy Water) which was a isotope of water that was enriched in the hydrogen isotope deuterium. This heavy water was used in the production of nuclear weapons but the allies became aware of this and they launch an operation to sabotage the heavy water production in Norway. The operation was successful and it slowed down the Nazi’s Nuclear weapon development program which in turn changed the outcome of the war.