- the KKK adopted a road in Missouri. In response, the state legislature renamed it after Rosa Parks
- in England, there is a phenomenon called the “halftime kettle effect” where power use surges at halftime during England’s matches in the World Cup as everyone turns on their tea kettles at the same time.
- in 1999, Harvard physicist Lene Hau was able to slow down light to 17 meters per second and in 2001, was able to stop light completely.
- in 1965 a ‘grossly obese’ man survived without eating for 1 year and 17 days. He lived entirely off his copious body fat and ended up losing 125kg of weight with no adverse effects. Also, he only pooped every 40 – 50 days.
- an ancient Greek philosopher called Crysippus died of laughter while watching a drunk Mule try to eat from a fig tree
- the CGI Empire State Building from Peter Jackson’s “King Kong” took 18 months to create. The real building only took 14 months.
- Skeleton Coast of Namibia, aka “The Gates of Hell”, a place so inhospitable that when the MV Dunedin went aground in 1942, passengers were only rescued after another ship ran aground, a big aircraft was damaged on landing, was repaired and crashed again, and several army trucks were lost.