1Coffee and Sugar
In 1777, during a shortage of coffee and sugar in Boston, a crowd of over 100 angry women marched to a wealthy merchant’s warehouse, demanded the keys, and grabbed him by the neck when he refused. They opened the doors, loaded up carts with coffee, and left.
2. A 'bad' Bean Boozle flavor is made by super-heating the actual disgusting item, putting it through a "gas chromatograph," isolating the chemical makeup and converting it into "flavor markers" for the jelly bean.
3. BMW used prisoners from concentration camps like Dachau to build their cars and plane engines during the World War 2. By the end of the war, almost 50% of the 50,000-person workforce at BMW consisted of prisoners from concentration camps.
4. "Canuck the Crow" is an infamous bird in Vancouver, Canada. It has been photographed stealing a knife from a crime scene, breaking into McDonalds, chasing a mailman. It is still being tracked and swooping people to this day (as of June 2018).
5. Skipping breakfast does not lead to weight gain, health issues or underperformance.
Project Thor explored using large projectiles from 1,000+ miles above the Earth. The “rods from Gods” would be a bundle of telephone-pole-sized tungsten rods, which when dropped from orbit could reach up to 10 times the speed of sound. The explosion it could create would be on par with a nuke, but without any nuclear fallout.
7. Tylenol, Acetaminophen, and Paracetamol are the same drug and are just various abbreviations of the drug’s full name para-acetylaminophenol (para-aceTYLaminophENOL, para-ACETylAMINOPHENol, and PARA-aCETylAMinophenOL).
8. "The Office" production crew was ready to film "The Dinner Party" when the 2008 Writer's Guild of America strike occurred. Any complete script was allowed to be filmed, however, Steve Carell was also a member of the WGA and refused to cross the picket line out of support for the writers.
9. In 1938 when British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain returned from visiting Hitler promising “peace for our time”, a crowd of 5,000 supporters at the airport was eclipsed by 15,000 protestors in the streets of London, but this wasn't reported due to Chamberlain’s manipulation of BBC.
10. A pod of killer whales used to hunt with Indigenous Australians. The pod would lead another whale into a bay then whistle to the hunters. After they had killed the whale, the pod would get the tongue and lips before the hunters took the rest.
Grover Cleveland was the only US president to serve two non-consecutive terms, but he won the popular vote in all three elections in which he ran.
12. The computer program that created the THX "Deep Note" (before a movie screening) was coded to be random. The audio you hear was recorded one time and can never be recreated exactly by that computer again.
13. Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin, rewrote her novel word for word when she had dementia in her later years, unaware she had already written her most influential work.
14. In 2016, London cab drivers protested Uber by bringing gridlock across central London. This adversely affected their cause as this led to nearly 1000% increase in Uber app installations and a stark decrease in black cabs usage, which hastened their decline.
15. The Bone Wars was a spectacularly dirty, competitive period of fossil hunting, marked by a bitter, destructive rivalry between 2 collectors (Othniel Charles Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope) who used nefarious means to outdo each other including spying, bribery, and theft. Both were financially and socially ruined by their attempts to disgrace the other.
The tin can was invented in 1810, but the can opener was not invented until 1855. Before the can opener, people used hammer and chisel to open their tin cans.
17. Despite the title of the 1990 novel and 1993 movie being “Jurassic Park”, most of the dinosaurs depicted in these sources were from the Cretaceous period, not Jurassic.
18. In the 9th century, Chinese alchemists in search of the elixir of life created a mixture of saltpeter, sulfur, and charcoal. Ironically, short of a path to immortality, they had discovered gunpowder.
19. Doping Cyclists in the early 90s at the Tour De France used so much EPOs (Erythropoietin) that they had to exercise throughout the night to prevent heart attacks in their sleep.
20. Venus flytraps are native to North and South Carolina, not tropical rainforests.
India has more vegetarians than the rest of the world put together.
22. Rye and oats used to be considered weeds in wheat fields. Because they would get weeded out if they didn't look like wheat, they also evolved to have large seeds. Eventually, their hardiness compared to wheat meant they were grown as food in colder climates.
23. Foreign branding is the process of naming a product to sound exotic. An example is Häagen-Dazs, which was invented in the Bronx.
24. An astronomer named Jamie Lomax was frightened by the jumping spiders on her ceiling, but after she discovered that they were capable of seeing the moon, she said “They can see the moon just like me! I can't kill them now that I know that.”
25. DJ Khaled used his baby son Asahd Tuck Khaled's reactions to the sounds to gauge the quality of songs for the album "Grateful" (the baby vomiting indicated the best quality), and then had the baby legally declared the album's executive producer.