US President Nixon believed that France, Italy and Latin America are too immature for democracy and should instead be ruled by authoritarian regimes.
In 1993 a French man driving a Citroen car in a remote area of the Moroccan desert had a breakdown and became stranded. To survive he tore down the car, built a motorcycle from the parts, and rode it back to civilization. When he arrived he was ticketed for operating an illegal vehicle.
The brand Puma sued Dolce & Gabbana over a slipper design they believe was copied. D&G argued that their design was for a different clientele and used real fur. Puma lost because D&G only sold 3 pairs with 2 being bought by Puma’s test buyers. The judge said there was no competition.
There was a rumor in the 1960s that Japan made products in a town called Usa which were then exported to the US with the label “MADE IN USA” to make them appear as if they were made in the US.
A cat’s purr frequency is between 25 and 150 Hertz. This frequency corresponds with the frequency that scientists have found that promote bone density and healing. This vibrational frequency technique is used in astronauts to help mitigate bone density issues from low gravity.
It’s a tradition in Italy to watch the movie Trading Places on Christmas Eve, with millions tuning in every year.
The Russian Soyuz series of spacecraft has been in continual use with the same basic design for 55 years and 140 flights. It is widely considered the world’s safest, most cost-effective human spaceflight vehicle. At least one is always docked at the ISS at all times for use as an escape craft.
Pope Gregory XVIII is an anti-pope of the Palmarian Catholic Church. He left the faith, married a nun, stole a BMW, attempted armed robbery on his former Cathedral, and is now in jail.
In 2019, researchers from Tel Aviv University successfully 3D-printed a human heart using a patient’s own cells. Biological materials were reportedly used to “completely match the immunological, cellular, biochemical, and anatomical properties of the patient.”
The Space-out Competition is an annual event held in South Korea where contestants must stare off into space without doing anything or falling asleep. Who wins is based on audience votes and on who has the most stable pulse. The contest lasts 90 minutes.