1Nikola Tesla statue
There is a statue of Nikola Tesla in Silicon Valley that radiates free wi-fi
2. Shops in Japan place orange balls of paint near the register as an anti-crime device. The staff throws the ball at the criminal, which explodes on impact and stains the criminal with distinctive orange paint for the police to easily identify.
3. When an Indian law required bars to be at least 500m from certain roads, one bar built a maze in front of its entrance to triple the walking distance from the door to the street. Regulators accepted this solution.
4. The oldest animal ever was a 507-year-old mollusk called Ming. It died because the British researchers who found it didn't realize how old it was, so they froze it for research purposes
5. Bill Gates and Warren Buffett went to lunch together at McDonald's. Warren paid and had a coupon
A rigorous experiment found that non-celiac gluten sensitivity probably doesn't exist and instead patients were experiencing a 'nocebo' effect.
7. When the Pentagon called one the original Five Guys Burgers and Fries restaurants requesting delivery service, one of the founders (Jerry Murrell) declined to bend the rules for their request and instead ordered a 22-foot-long banner that said 'ABSOLUTELY NO DELIVERY.'
8. NASA has special wristwatches that keep Mars time for employees working with the rovers
9. The weird little "spirals" on jet engine turbine tips are so the ground crews can tell if an engine is spinning or not
10. Deep Purple was recognized by The Guinness Book of World Records as the "globe's loudest band" when in a concert at the London Rainbow Theatre their sound reached 117 dB. Three of their audience members were rendered unconscious.
David Johnston, a volcanologist. Successfully fought a Chief Brody-like fight to keep the summit Mt St Helens & Spirit Lake visitor-free for 2 months before the cataclysm. Instead of 1000 deaths, there was 53; him among them, radioing ".Vancouver, this is it" seconds before he was incinerated.
12. Medal of Honor recipient, Master Sergeant Roy Benavidez. He had 37 wounds from bullets, bayonets, and shrapnel. Thought to be dead, he spits in the face of a doctor who was zipping him up in a body bag.
13. In the Netherlands it is legal to be under influence of any drug, simply so users don't hesitate to seek medical help.
14. 91.4 % of 9/11 survivors put off evacuation to shut down Computers or to go to the bathroom before evacuating.
15. Sonny Landham, who played the quiet, reflective Native American tracker Billy in "Predator", was notoriously violent and difficult to work with. Eventually, the insurance company for the film forced the studio to hire a full-time bodyguard to protect the cast and crew from Sonny.
Lord Byron's nickname for William Wordsworth was William Turdsworth
17. The Holodomor Genocide was a man-made famine that killed millions in Soviet Ukraine from 1932-1933.
18. When Napoleon returned to France, the King sent troops to stop and kill him. He stepped out in front of them & said: "if there is one among you who wants to kill his general, his Emperor, here I am." The royalists cheered wildly, "Long live the Emperor." They joined his cause.
19. The Voynich Manuscript obeys the law of Zipf, making it very plausible that it's either derived from a real language or is an incredibly advanced hoax.
20. Dr. Seuss once wrote a Warner Bros. film called Going Home, that was banned because it accidentally predicted the Manhattan Project
The founder and the original leader of the Rolling Stones got kicked out of the band and then died less than a month later
22. Shamu, Sea World's famed Killer Whale, has been dead since 1971 and they just recycle the name for new Orcas in their shows.
23. Australians traditionally eat sausages at polling places on election day, and they're called Democracy Sausages
24. There is a railway connecting Tibet to the rest of China. It reaches the highest point of 5,072 m (16,640 feet). The steep climb and high elevation mean that an oxygen supply is given to each passenger and a doctor must be present. An elderly passenger with heart issues died on the train in 2006.
25. In 1946 a Navy dentist inscribed the imprisoned Japanese Gen. Tojo's dentures with the words "Remember Pearl Harbor" in Morse Code because "...not many people had the chance to get those words into his mouth."