- As a boy, composer Guiseppe Verdi missed his cue to give water and wine to the priest. The priest kicked Verdi down the alter steps, to which Verdi responded by saying” May God strike you with lightning”. Eight years later the priest was struck by lightning and killed.
- Due to name confusion, staff of the Slovak and Slovenian embassies meet once a month to exchange wrongly addressed mail
- Surveys in the U.S. & other countries show that college students continue to prefer printed textbooks to electronic ones by wide margins
- 16% Lithuanian people are HIV resistant.
- The home of a female pediatrician in Wales was attacked and vandalised by Welsh kids who mistook “paedriatician” for “paedophile”
- Germany builds about twice as much cars as the U.S. while paying its workers twice as much
- the Malaysian space agency convened a conference of 150 Islamic scientists to determine how a Muslim astronaut on the space station should pray facing Mecca.
- A young French soldier requested service in the Russian military and was rejected twice. That young man was Napoleon Bonaparte.
- Once the Babylonians could predict when solar eclipses would occur, they would install a substitute king during this period. As they believed that these eclipses were an evil omen, this substitute king could be blamed. (He usually was killed after – of course making the omen true.)
Two engineering students were walking across campus when one said, “Where did you get such a great bike?” The second engineer replied, “Well, I was walking along yesterday minding my own business when a beautiful woman rode up on this bike. She threw the bike to the ground, took off all her clothes and said, ‘Take what you want.'” The second engineer nodded approvingly, “Good choice; the clothes probably wouldn’t have fit.”