- A Pythagorean Cup, also known as a Greedy Cup, is made to spill its contents if too much wine is poured in, encouraging moderation
- Woodstock would have never happened if not for one dairy farmer, Max Yasgur, who allowed the festival to take place on his property after surrounding villages declined to host the event. As a result, the locals boycotted his products.
- A nuclear power station closer to the epicenter of the 2011 earthquake survived the tsunami unscathed because its designer thought bureaucrats were “human trash” and built his seawall 5 times higher than required.
- AT&T made a working answering machine in 1939 but suppressed it, thinking public fear of being recorded would lead to widespread abandonment of the telephone.
- During a mass extinction event nicknamed ‘The Great Dying’ a full 96% of life on Earth was wiped out. Everything and everyone here today is descended from the 4% that survived.
- It costs $25,000 for a mountaineer to buy a single permit to climb Mt. Everest.
- Mary is mentioned more in the Quran than in the entire New Testament and is also the only woman mentioned by name in the Quran
- Until 1994, a pencil was inserted into a person’s hair to help determine a South African’s racial identity. If the pencil fell out easily, the person was considered white.
- According to legend, Cnut, the 11th Century Viking King of England, Denmark and Norway, once commanded the tide to halt. His intent was to prove a point to members of his privy council that no man is all-powerful, and we all must bend to forces beyond our control, such as the tides.
- Atheists and Agnostics are the most religiously literate group in the USA
- A Canadian genius that specialized in ballistics was designing a super cannon to cheaply shoot objects into orbit. Canada and the United States cancelled the joint project. While devastated that his dream would never be seen, he was approached by another financial backer: Saddam Hussein.