- The Soviet Union allowed theaters to play The Grapes of Wrath because of its depiction of the plight of the poor under capitalism, but it was later withdrawn because Russian audiences were amazed that even the poorest Americans could afford a car.
- seat cushions at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA are designed to have the same absorption properties as the average person so that the hall has the same acoustics when empty or full– an advantage for musicians, who usually rehearse in an empty hall
- A tribe of Asian pygmies called the Taron are purposely letting themselves go extinct. They are a pure and isolated race, but inbreeding has caused deformities and mental issues that have prompted their decision to die out and have thusly dwindled down to 12.
- scientists are excavating the ruins of a major civilization which predates both the pyramids and Stonehenge by over 7,000 years. In 15 years they have uncovered only about 5% of the site.
- in 1971, Saddam Hussein imported 100,000 tons of grain treated with fungicidal mercury. The grain was intended for planting, but the Iraqis, unable to understand the English and Spanish warnings or the “skull and crossbones” image, baked it into bread. Hundreds died.