When actress and singer Vanessa Williams was born, her parents announced her birth with “Here she is: Miss America.” In 1984, she became the first African American to be crowned Miss America.
A Wisconsin man has eaten over 30,000 Big Mac hamburgers over 46 years, averaging 2 per day. He has only missed eight days in those 46 years, including when his mother died as she requested he forgo the burger in her memory. He appeared on the The Ellen Degeneres Show to have his cholesterol checked—and it reported at a steady 140 mg/dL. In 2006, he ran the San Diego marathon and crossed the finish line holding his 21,387th Big Mac.
The spotlight effect is a phenomenon in which people tend to believe they are being noticed more than they really are. It comes from the innate tendency to forget that although one is the center of one’s own world, one is not the center of everyone else’s.
Red grapefruits were created by growing grapefruit trees next to radioactive material, mutating their DNA to make them more desirable.
Sandaoling lies in Xinjiang province in North West China and it’s claim to fame is that it is one of the last places operating steam locomotives in an industrial setting.
Mcdonald’s stopped using beef tallow in their French fries after a wealthy heart attack survivor spent $3 million dollars on full page newspaper ads calling out the chain for their unhealthy menu.
Viking military tactics succeeded mainly because they disregarded the conventional battlefield tactics, methods, and customs of the time. They ignored unspoken rules, like not attacking holy sites. To the contrary Vikings intentionally targeted religious sites for their vulnerability and wealth.
The city of Detroit sits on top of a working salt mine. Since 1910, the mine has provided road salt for most of North America.
Cambridge University Library has run out of room for its 9 million+ books and built a huge store to hold 4 million more. The first book they put in was Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.