Whale oil was a key component of automotive transmission fluid until 1972; over 30 million pounds was used annually until its use was outlawed, after which transmission failures rose eight-fold.
The Soviets and the UK invaded Iran during World War II in order to prevent their oil reserves from falling into Nazi hands.
Norway has $850bn cash reserves, largely from oil, and chooses to invest rather than spending it
Until the automobile came along in the late 1800s, petrol (gasoline) was largely a waste product and a nuisance to the oil refining industry.
There are oil wells camouflaged throughout downtown Los Angeles.
Some Americans believe that GM and some oil corporations were behind the destruction of most of Americas trolley lines.
The CIA and MI6 helped overthrow the democratically elected Iranian Prime Minister and replaced him with an authoritarian monarch for control of oil.
Over 70 years after it was sunk, the USS Arizona is still producing an oil slick in Pearl Harbor