There’s a max height that water can be sucked up a straw: 10 meters. At 10 meters, a perfect vacuum is created at the top of the straw, and water will begin boiling spontaneously.
Convicted of a felony in 1934; the Governor of North Dakota barricaded himself in the Governor’s Mansion, declared Martial Law, and declared North Dakota an Independent State. Eventually, he gave up, was removed from office, went through multiple re-trials, eventually won, and then was reelected again as governor three years after he was removed.
Wisconsin has the same number of bars as California despite a population that’s 85% smaller. 1 bar for every 1,862 residents compared to California’s 1 for every 11,962 residents.
TLC planned to make a reality show about NASCAR wives but cancelled it before airing because the wives got along too well.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono visited an astrologer Who told them John would be shot and die on an island. So disturbed were they that they cancelled their extended Greek Isles vacation. Ten years later he died … on Manhattan island.
In France, it is illegal to to publish photographs of a handcuffed suspects, as they are not to appear guilty until proven so.
GameStation, a UK video game retailer, added a clause to their T&C’s that stated that you surrender your immortal soul when you place an order through their site, to show that people don’t read them. They now own 7500+ souls.
Chung Ju-yung, the founder of Hyundai, originally wanted to become a school teacher, but his family’s dire financial situation made him unable to get higher education. Instead, he ran away from his family to Seoul, where he started a construction company, Hyundai, in 1947.
Over the past 27 years, Mark McKinley, a retired professor of psychology in Amherst, Ohio, has amassed the world’s largest collection of talking clocks. Numbering over 1,000, his collection includes talking clocks from every era and corner of world. The clocks fill every corner of his house and chime continuously throughout the day.
The mysterious baroque painter Johannes Gumpp is known to have painted only one self portrait which also happens to be a triple self portrait in which he appears from behind painting his own face reflected in a mirror.