Beate Uhse-Rotermund was a stuntwoman and Luftwaffe pilot in WWII, ferrying around planes and jet fighters. After the war she started a mail order business sending out pamphlets teaching young girls about the rhythm method, which became the world’s first sex shop and later a €280 million business.
With each degree of temperature rise, violence increases by up to 20%.
Japan’s occupation of Hong Kong back in WWII caused the population to drop from 1.6 million to 600,000 in just three years.
NATO must treat any attack on an ally’s soil as if it were their own, unless it’s Hawaii.
There’s a book that contains a million random numbers and little else. Published in 1955, it was an important work in the field of statistics and randomization.
In WW2, the right wing of Wellington bomber was set afire by a Germans. The pilot James Allan Ward took a canvas cover, crawled onto the wing in mid-flight and put the fire out. His plane landed safely back in Great Britain.
A 15 year old Roman Emperor named Heliogabalus, was a notorious prankster. He would get his party guests black out drunk and then dump them into a bedroom full of toothless leopards, lions and bears. He also created the 1st known ‘whoopee cushions’ using inflated animal bladders. Needless to say, Heliogabalus’ antics angered many people, […]
In WWII, when his submarine sank, John Capes swam 170 ft to the surface and swam 5 miles to shore. Then he hid from Italians for 18 months before escaping to Turkey.
Scientists recreated a 9th century onion and garlic eye remedy from an Anglo-Saxon manuscript, and found that it killed 90% of antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria (MRSA).
Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory was financed by the Quaker Oats company to sell their real-life Wonka Bar. The bar was taken off shelves after a few months due to problems with its formula, but the film went on to become a cult classic.