- a woman, hired by Dyncorp to crackdown on forced prostitution on behalf of the UN, discovered that the UN police were the main perpetrators of forced prostitution and was later fired.
- Al Capone earned $105m per year in the Prohibition era from alcohol and rackets. This today would be equivalent to $1.4b per year.
- The short average life expectancy in Medieval Britain (30 years) was mainly due to high infant mortality. If you made it to age 21, you could expect to live an additional 43 years (total age 64).
- In captivity, a killer whale is usually confined to a small pool, where it spends much time at the surface and often has to swim in a circle. Consequently, the tissue in its dorsal fin doesn’t get much of a workout, and starts to atrophy (wastes away due to lack of use), and it falls over.
- In 1918 after the Treaty of Versailles (end of WW I) the French Commander-in-chief said “This is not a Peace. It is an Armistice for 20 years”. 20 years and 65 days later, WW II happened
- Socrates taught Plato, Plato taught Aristotle, then Aristotle taught Alexander the Great.
- In North Korea’s version of basketball, a dunk counts as three, you get an extra point on a three pointer that doesn’t touch the rim, eight if you score in the last three seconds, and -1 for a missed free throw
- within 10 million years a star known as Gliese 710 will pass within one light-year of the Solar System, possibly causing a massive gravitational disturbance
- Washington State was originally called Columbia, but was renamed to avoid being confused with the District of Columbia
- The total length of all coastlines in Canada is roughly equivalent to five laps around planet Earth.