The Japanese have a word (tsundoku [積ん読]) for the habit of buying a lot of books and never reading them.
Every year, residents of Naco, Arizona, join residents of Naco, Mexico, for a volleyball match at the fence that separates the U.S. and Mexico.
Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) was required to be accompanied by crew members who wore brightly-colored vests while in the forests of the Pacific Northwest filming scenes set on Endor, so as not to be mistaken for Bigfoot and shot.
Disney was planning on making a short film featuring Mickey Mouse as Christopher Columbus discovering America. It got cancelled because the animation team was unsure how to animate the native people Mickey would have to encounter in a non-offensive way.
Graça Machel, after being widowed by her Mozambican consort, would marry Nelson Mandela during his presidency, thus making her the first woman to become first lady in two countries.
The Han dynasty of China drilled for natural gas, transported it in pipelines and gas containers and burned it in stoves… in 200 BC.
In ’91, 8 people were sealed inside a 3 acre dome. The sealed structure housed 7 ecosystems: ocean, desert, savannah, rainforest, marsh, an area of intensive agriculture and a human habitat. The project was designed to see whether humans could survive and adapt.
The world’s oldest ever flamingo was badly beaten by four teenagers, survived, and lived another 5 years to the age of 83.
Because of a lucky genetic mutation happened in the 18th century, today 38 people in a small town in northern Italy don’t suffer from cholesterol artery-clogging, making them virtually immune to heart disease and strokes. They all smoke, they eat like hell, and they don’t care.
During the cold war, when navy divers repairing a whale enclosure heard a human-like voice saying “out, out, out,” and got out of the water to see nobody, they found out that a beluga whale named “Noc” had learned to mimic human speech and was trying to communicate with them.