Germany is home to the oldest social housing complex, dating back to the 16th century. Needy citizens can live there for an annual rent of 1 rhenish guilder, approximately 1 USD, and are required to make 3 prayers per day.
It has been 32 years since a left-handed catcher played in a Major League Baseball game. His name was Benny Distefano and he played for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1989.
The chemical reaction in glow sticks was discovered by Dr. Edwin Chandross in 1962, but he had no idea the “chemiluminescent” objects were popular at music shows until a Vice interview in 2013. “Is that so?” he said. “Maybe my granddaughter will think I’m cool now.”
A California lawyer filed for a restraining order to stop his neighbor’s kids from playing basketball claiming their game dropped the value of his house by $100k. He was ultimately denied with the court saying that reasonable people can expect “some inconveniences and annoyances” from neighbors.
One of the world’s first online food delivery services was named Cyberslice and its first customer was Steve Jobs who ordered a pizza in 1996. Per the founders, Cyberslice was inspired by the 1995 movie “The Net” where Sandra Bullock orders a pizza using technology which didn’t fully exist then.
Napoleon was once interested in considering a submarine as a weapon in his military arsenal to combat ships. When it came time to look at the Nautilus, designed by American inventor Robert Fulton, Napoleon decided that Fulton was a swindler and a charlatan after learning the vessel leaked.
A sea lion named Rhonda once escaped from an urban zoo in Providence, RI and was never recovered. She made her way through a few park lakes, traveled over two miles on land, scaled small walls and got to a river that flowed into a bay and eventually the ocean.
The town of Why, Arizona was originally known as just “Y” due to the Y-shaped intersection of two roads. It changed its name to “Why” due to an Arizona state law requiring town names to be at least 3 letters long.
The founders of Samsung and LG, Lee and Koo, were close friends since elementary school. In 1968, Lee met Koo and told him that Samsung was planning to enter electronics, which meant becoming LG’s direct competitor. Angered, Koo yelled at him and left. Afterwards, the two were never close again.