In 2013, a 9 year-old British girl passed through Turkish customs with a toy passport with gold teddy bears on the front that identified her as a unicorn. Her mother accidentally handed over the passport that the girl had made for her toy unicorn, and the customs offіcer accepted and stamped it.
A group of British schoolchildren ran their own international arms dealership during their lunch break. They bought and sold military weaponry to armies and militias around the world. This was 100% legal. The students focused on brokerage, which is basically acting as a middleman. For example, someone in the UK could broker AK-47s direct from China to Chad and the guns would not touch British soil. No government controls would have applied before 2004.
There are two “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” signs; the famous one on the strip, and a smaller one on the outskirts of Vegas. There used to be three, but it was knocked over by a drunk driver.
The fabric used for the iconic dress Marilyn Monroe revealed when singing “Happy Birthday Mr. President” was later made illegal in the US. The material worn by the Some Like It Hot star was banned for being too flammable.
Word of the Day: BLURSDAY (neologism) — a term to describe the current day when you are not sure what day of the week it is.
Blursday is a term that’s being tossed around on social media right now to describe the merging of minutes, hours and days since COVID-19 shut so much of the world down. Before the pandemic, it was a term that described a drunk or hungover day, according to Urban Dictionary. You can probably see the similarities.
In 2004, a woman in Covington, Georgia, tried to pay a $1,675 tab at WalMart using a forged $1 million bill featuring a picture of the Statue of Liberty.
In 2016 a British reality show about surviving the wilderness of the Scottish highlands, but was cancelled after 4 episodes. The producers decided not to tell contestants that the show had been cancelled and allowed them to continue living in the wilderness for over a year to no end.
Founded by the Great Peacemaker in 1142, the Iroquois Confederacy is the oldest living participatory democracy on earth. The US constitution was inﬂuenced by the political system developed by the Iroquois Confederacy.
In 1863, a Minnesota regiment captured a Confederate flag from a Virginian regiment during the Civil War.
Virginia has been asking for its return since – most recently, in 2000.
The then-governor of Minnesota, Jesse Ventura, replied only: “Why? We won.”
Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi” was sold at auction in 1958 for £45, and again in 2005 for under $10,000. In 2011, it was authenticated as a Leonardo original. It was then sold in 2013 for $75 million, sold again for $127.5 million, and later sold at auction in 2017 for $450.3 million.