Elina Powell was a black nurse who served during WWII. She was assigned to work at a POW camp, like most African-American nurses at the time, and fell in love with a German POW there. They married and had children despite it being illegal in both the U.S and Germany during this time period.
The average cloud weighs more than a blue whale. According to scientists, the weight of the average cumulus cloud is 1.1 million pounds.
American currency went as high as $10,000, with $5,000, $1,000 and $500 bills also in circulation. They were discontinued in 1969 for “lack of use.”
As a rapper, Will Smith spent so much money between 1988-89, he underpaid his taxes. Smith had $2.8 million of his wages garnished and many of his belongings taken away. This prompted him to become an actor in the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Modern Hollywood was started by a group of independent filmmakers who moved to California in the 1910s to get away from Thomas Edison’s total monopoly on all aspects (scripts, cameras, theaters, actors) of the early, east coast film industry.
It took 14 years to complete Hadrian’s Wall, which was built on the orders of Roman emperor Hadrian to protect England from the Scottish tribes.
On average, an American football game lasts for 3 hours and 12 minutes, but the ball is only in play for 11 of those minutes.
The Boeing 747 can transport different amounts of people. The 747-400 version can hold 416 passengers in a typical three-class layout, but up to 660 passengers in a high-density setup with only one class.
Houses in Bermuda have white stepped roofs to harvest rain water and store it, as the island has no fresh-water springs, rivers or lakes.
Lake Malawi in Malawi, Tanzania, and Mozambique, the fourth-largest freshwater lake in the world, is called the “Calendar Lake”, because it is 365 miles from top to bottom, 52 miles at its widest point, and 12 main rivers flow into the lake.