According to Maori legend New Zealanders were prey to giant eagles; Haast Eagles, which could catch prey up to 510 lbs and had a wingspan up to 9.8 ft, went extinct around 1400.
Before he died, FDR proposed a “Second Bill of Rights,” which included the right to food, housing, clothing, education, medical care, and recreation. He considered this vital to American freedom and security.
There were men-only ‘executive’ flights until the 70s with cocktails, complimentary cigars and steak dinners.
There’s a federal law requiring all vodkas be distilled in such a manner that ensures they pretty much all taste the same (without distinctive character, aroma, taste or color). NPR facilitated a lab study that proved there are no discernible taste differences in cheap vodka vs Grey Goose.
When ancient romans had something stolen from them, they would “transfer” ownership of their stolen items to a deity, so as to make the god responsible for punishing the thief.
Bob Marley moved near his mother’s residence in Wilmington, Delaware for a short time, during which he worked as a DuPont lab assistant and on the assembly line at a Chrysler plant in nearby Newark, under the alias Donald Marley.
The first American to die in Vietnam was actually murdered by a fellow soldier in 1956. Richard B. Fitzgibbon Jr. gave candy to local children when he bumped into a drunk colleague that shot him on sight. It took 43 years for his name to be added to the Vietnam War Memorial.
James Franco launched a college course entitled “Master Class: Editing James Franco…with James Franco,” in which student editors are to compile a 30 minute documentary on Franco, using behind the scenes footage of Franco supplied by Franco, to “create a cinematic image of James Franco.”
Sir Isaac Newton repeatedly did experiments sticking a bodkin (a very sharp needle) between his eyeball and his eye socket, “as neare to backside of my eye as I could”,he was quoted. He did this til he saw spots. He did it because he hoped he might learn something about color.