- Coffee company Nescafe add a formulated coffee aroma to the top of instant coffee jars before sealing them so that you get that ‘fresh coffee’ smell when you open the jar the first time.
- Martin Van Buren was the only US President to speak english… as a second language.
- Margaret Anne Cargill was a philanthropist born into one of the wealthiest families in the world. She gave away more than $200M during her life, always anonymously, and provided that after her death all her wealth go to charity. In 2011 her assets were liquidated, resulting in a $6B donation.
- Every year in the greek town of Vrontados, two rival church congregations perform a “Rocket War” by firing tens of thousands of home-made rockets across town, with the objective of hitting the bell tower of the church of the other side.
- Titanic’s fourth funnel was fake, added to make the ship look more powerful (and symmetrical). A bit like putting a dummy exhaust on a car.
- Cabbage, kale, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, broccoli, Chinese cabbage and savoy are all the same species of plant, but have been selectively bred so much that they barely resemble the same genus, let alone the same species