A 64-year-old Sydney man filed 19,600 noise complaints about airport noise over a 12 month period. He averaged approximately one complaint for every 20 minutes the airport was open.
During the 2013 elections in The Maldives, a coconut was detained on the suspicion of ‘vote-rigging’ through the use of black magic. A magician was called in and established that the coconut was innocent.
At Norway’s maximum-security Halden Prison, prisoners are paid 53 kroner ($9) per day to leave their cells, which are equipped with a video game console, mini-fridge, and a window with no bars. Guard stations are tiny and cramped to encourage them to interact with the prisoners.
To prevent cheating during university entrance exams Uzbekistan shuts off the entire country’s internet for five hours on exam day.
ELO’s first album “The Electric Light Orchestra” has a different name in the US. The american record company tried to call and confirm the name of the album. When they failed to reach anyone on the phone, they wrote down “No Answer”, which someone misconstrued as the name of the album.
Michael Jackson once spent $150,000 to put a curse on Steven Spielberg because he didn’t give him the role of Peter Pan in the movie Hook.
In Japanese, there is a phrase bushu-suru (ブッシュする). In literal terms, this means “to do the bush thing,” in reference to a bizarre 1992 incident where George HW Bush fell ill and vomited directly onto the Japanese prime minister.
When Stalin visited his mother in 1935, she asked him what he did. He said “Do you remember the tsar? Well, I’m like a tsar” his mother’s response was “You’d have done better to have become a priest”.
A Hungarian chemist during WWII hid his Nobel Prize by dissolving it in acid and leaving it on a shelf due to the Nazi ban on its citizens from accepting the Nobel Prize. After the war, he reconstituted the gold from the acid, returned it to Sweden, and got the medal cast again.
Deodorant was first sold in the 1900s and didn’t become popular until advertising agencies convinced consumers that body odor was bad.