Calling football “soccer” originated in Britain 200 years ago. It wasn’t until the 1980s the name was phased out because it was thought to be “too American”.
Most Converse sneakers have a very thin layer of felt applied to their soles, in order to legally classify them as slippers. This saves the company more than 33% in import tariffs.
Thieves in Paris recently drilled through a limestone wall in the Catacombs into a high end apartment building wine cellar and made away with $300,000 worth of vintage wine.
To remain calm in stressful situations, Navy SEALS use a breathing technique called ‘box breathing’.
Belgium has a Time Credit System that entitles employees to take a one year secured absence to prevent burn-out and provide an opportunity to pursue other things in life.
A lawyer was hired for a traffic case. Instead of sitting his client at the witness table, he dressed another lawyer to look like the client. When the only witness (a policeman) was asked to point to the defendant in the room he pointed to the fake client. The real defendant was found not guilty.
A Hiroshima policeman went to Nagasaki to teach other police officers to duck and cover in the days between the bombings. Not a single officer died in the Nagasaki blast.
Airlines all over the world are flying 10% slower than they did in 1960 to save on fuel costs.
The green falling code in The Matrix is just loads of sushi recipes.
In 2010, the city of Belleville, Illinois, banned trick-or-treating for kids over 12. Teens can face fines from $100 to $1,000 for going door-to-door.