- Tsar Bomba, the most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated, was so powerful that it created seismic shocks that were measurable even on their third passage around the Earth.
- on the day Deepwater Horizon exploded, BP officials had gathered on the platform to celebrate 7 years without an injury or accident
- until 1953, NYC had a pneumatic tube mail network that spanned 27 miles and connected 23 post offices. At its peak, the system moved 95,000 letters a day.
- in Denmark in WWII, border guards would screen homecoming Danes by making them say the name of a dessert: rødgrød med fløde. Due to its difficulty in pronunciation, German infiltrators could not pass the test.
- feral goats on the Galapagos Islands were eradicated by attaching a radio location collar to a “Judas” goat. When it returned to the herd all goats were shot except the Judas goat. When it relocated to another herd the process was repeated until only the Judas goat remained, which was then shot.
- Howard Hill is considered by many to be the greatest archer of all time. In 1938 he made the most iconic archery shot in literature: Robin Hood splitting a target-embedded arrow with his own. He is also the first white man to kill an elephant using only a bow and arrow.
- the peak federal minimum wage in the US in 1968 and would be worth about $10.70 in today’s dollars. The current US minimum wage is $7.25.
- in Saudi Arabi a 19-year-old gang rape victim was sentenced to 200 lashes and six months in jail for the crime of “indecency” and “speaking to the press”
- There is a lake in Australia called Lake Disappointment that is normally dry.
- The royalties from Bob Marley’s “No Woman No Cry” go to a soup kitchen in the ghetto he grew up in.