In 1945, Kodak accidentally discovered the US were secretly testing nuclear bombs because the fallout made their films look fogged.
Charles Dickens’ novels were hugely popular even among the illiterate poor. They would pool their money to hire a reader, and then gather together to listen to the stories.
NASA hires a chief sniffer to inspect the smell of every item before it enters space. The lack of ventilation means astronauts are stuck with the smells that are onboard with them.
In 2007 Russia planted their national flag underwater in hopes of securing the arctic’s potential natural resources. “This isn’t the 15th century,” one foreign minister said. “You can’t go around the world and just plant flags and say, ‘We’re claiming this territory.’
The woman who holds the record for the most summits of Mount Everest (9) is a single mother who works as a dishwasher at Whole Foods in Connecticut.
In 2017 an off-duty police officer dressed up as Batman was entertaining kids sick with cancer at a hospital. Coincidentally, as he left the hospital he caught and arrested a man who was attempting to steal multiple DVDs, including the Lego Batman Movie.
While developing Star Trek, Spock was originally going to be from Mars, however, due to a concern that a Martian landing might take place before the end of the series his home planet was changed.
Japan has a popular TV show called “My First Errand” where little kids are sent to do minor tasks for the family on their own while a camera crew secretly follows them.
A man falsely imprisoned for 10 years spent most of his time at the library to study law and prove his innocence, and then became a lawyer to help free other people who have been falsely convicted.
During Eurovision 1978 the Jordanian broadcaster censored the Israeli performance, instead showing pictures of flowers. When it became apparent that Israel would win, the broadcast was cut off and it was announced that Belgium had won instead.