A competitor named Arrhichion at the 54th Olympiad (564 B.C.) had his neck snapped in a wrestling match resulting in his death but also won the match posthumously as his opponent tapped out.
2. Cannabis was an important part of Japanese culture from prehistoric times until their defeat in World War 2. It was used by the navy for ropes and the air force for parachute cords.
3. The world record for most monogamous marriages is 29, held by Glynn Wolfe. When Wolfe died, none of the 29 women he legally married, and none but one of his children, attended the funeral service.
4. In 1916, Albert Einstein wrote an article proposing a more efficient shape for wings. The plane built with his wings barely left the ground.
5. In 1832, after the death of philosopher Jeremy Bentham, his body was preserved and displayed in the University College London. Sometime later his preserved head was placed in secure storage after it was stolen by several students and found in a luggage locker at a Scottish railway station.
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In 2014, the European Union paid the Dutch consulting firm Ecorys 360,000 euros (about $428,000) to research the effect piracy had on sales of copyrighted content. They then hid the report as it suggested that piracy was generally harmless.
7. In 1999, Sergio Motsoeneng finished in the top 10 in famous Comrades Ultra-marathon by exchanging places with virtually identical brother Fika at toilet stops. Brothers were caught after a newspaper published photos showing them wearing watches on opposite wrists.
8. Many popular rural-oriented television shows, including Lassie, The Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres, and Hee Haw, were all canceled in 1971 in what is known as the "Rural Purge"
9. In 'The Sandlot' movie, the guy who played the grown-up version of Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez, and who stole home for the Dodgers, is the real-life older brother of the kid who played Benny.
10. The Soviet Union gave John F. Kennedy a dog named Pushinka. Pushinka was the daughter of Strekla, one of the first dogs to go into space and come back alive.
According to the FDA, most store-bought honey is adulterated with cheaper ingredients that are not honey.
12. Happy cows actually do produce better milk. Higher levels of serotonin (a chemical associated with feelings of happiness), led to improved blood calcium in cows, reducing the chance of disease and improving the nutritional quality of the milk.
13. In 1969, Jimi Hendrix sent a telegram to Paul McCartney asking him to join a supergroup along with Tony Williams and Miles Davis. McCartney never received the message.
14. In 2007, Stephen King was mistaken for a vandal when he secretly signed copies of his books in an Australian bookstore.
15. The glass of a beer bottle is brown or green to reduce spoilage from light, especially from ultra violet rays.
Instant noodle was invented during a period of food shortages in Japan following World War 2. After the Japanese health ministry supplied the population with wheat flour and asked them to make bread, a man named Momofuku Ando instead decided on making noodles (which people were more familiar with) that had longer shelf life.
17. In the film Labyrinth, Jareth the Goblin King was originally going to be a puppet creature just like his goblin subjects, but Jim Henson wanted a huge star. He almost went with Sting, Prince, Mick Jagger, and Michael Jackson, but ultimately decided David Bowie best suited the character.
18. Actress Nikki Reed moved out of her mother's house and began living on her own at the age of 14. After the success of her movie “Thirteen”, Reed returned to high school but dropped out again after a year because of “mothers who were sneaking into the school at lunchtime to confront and harass her about the film.”
19. Early species of whales lived on land, had four legs and fur, and were the size of a raccoon or domestic cat. As they evolved, they were able to drink salt water and their nostrils gradually moved to the top of their head, forming the blowhole.
20. There was a 10-minute game called “Moirai”, in which the player’s character was affected by the choices made by other players. The game was ruined by a single hacker and is now lost forever.
India produces a surplus amount of electricity but it lacks the infrastructure to transmit the electricity produced. India is also the third largest producer and consumer of electricity.
22. More land is used for opium in Afghanistan than it is used for coca (the basis of cocaine) in all of Latin America.
23. After Adolf Hitler terminated his Austrian citizenship in 1925, he was in Germany illegally for nearly 7 years, could not run for public office, and faced the risk of deportation.
24. Zookeepers make "bloodcicles" for big cats during the summer.
25. Nashville, Tennessee isn't referred to as the "Athens of the South" because of its full-size replica of the Parthenon, but because it was the first American southern city to establish a public school system in the 1850s.