- in 1860′s San Francisco, two stray dogs who were best friends became local celebrities. Their exploits were celebrated in local papers and they were granted immunity from the city’s dog catchers.
- Gaius gracchus, the ancient roman politician, had a bounty put on his head to the price of the head’s weight in gold. Although the head was delivered, the prize was never paid, as it was discovered that Gaius’ captor had emptied out his brain and replaced it with molten lead.
- although “bitter” has over 40 different receptors on the human tongue, “sweet” only has one. Being able to detect a greater range of “bitter” is evolutionarily advantageous because bitter usually signifies potential toxin.
- Chinese armed forces use crossbows at all unit levels to stop persons carrying explosives without risk of causing detonation.
- Mark Twain said of Jane Austen “Every time I read Pride and Prejudice, I want to dig her up and hit her over the skull with her own shin-bone.”
- Turkish law used to require grooms to include a promise of “an adequate coffee supply” in their marital vows.
- Dave Chappelle was offered the role of Benjamin Buford “Bubba” Blue in Forrest Gump but turned it down because he thought the role was demeaning, and the movie would bomb.