- There is a statue of George Washington in Britain that sits on top of soil imported from Virginia, due to Washington exclaiming “I will never set foot in Britain again!”
- in one of the earliest instances of investigative journalism (1872), a reporter with the New York Tribune had himself commited/sectioned in order to report on abuse in mental asylums. His work led to the release of twelve incorrectly diagnosed patients and a change in the “lunacy laws.”
- a cluster of graves discovered in rural Connecticut in 1990, initially feared to be the work of a known serial killer, was merely the result of a vampire scare a century earlier.
- Caligula was not his real name. Germanicus’ troops called him “Caligula” as a boy, meaning “Little Boots” or “Booties.” The nickname stuck and he hated it.
- in the 20s and 30s many Europeans supported using massive dams to drain the Mediterranean for farmland and to connect Europe and Africa in a new continent called “Atlantropa.”
- during the black plague, Pope Clement VI kept himself alive by living between two enormous bonfires
- a movie was made in 1980 that was so graphic and realistic that the director was arrested on charges of making a snuff film.