1Lithuania's Soviet Bunker visitor attraction
There is a theme park in Lithuania named Lithuania's Soviet Bunker visitor attraction which recreates life as a USSR citizen. The visitors have their belongings confiscated, have to wear moldy overcoats, experience interrogation, and must learn the Soviet anthem.
2. Pistachios are expensive because the trees take up to 20 years to reach peak production, and are "biennial-bearing", meaning a light harvest every other year. The nuts used to be dyed red to hide stains caused by hand picking. Most pistachios are now machine picked and dying is unnecessary.
3. A 24-year-old man named Richard Vega took part in a "Hands on a Hard Body" contest in 2005 to win a Nissan Pickup by keeping a hand on the truck. In the third day, after consuming as many as 6 energy drinks, he took his hand off the truck, went to K-Mart across the street, stole a gun and ammo, and shot himself.
4. London Underground workers once gained concessions from management through a 'piss strike,' meaning they followed safety rules so exactly that workers going to the toilet one after the other essentially shut down any work being done.
5. Tut Ankh Amun's tomb is the only tomb to date to be discovered intact and complete. All others were looted sometime in the past. The tomb door’s seal remained unbroken since it was closed 3,341 years ago.
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US soldiers in Vietnam saw 6 times more combat than US soldiers in previous wars because helicopter deliveries drastically cut downtime spent waiting for supplies.
7. American violinist Joshua Bell sat at a metro station in Washington DC and played the violin of worth $3.5 million. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes, and collected $32 from people passing by.
8. In 2017, a Chinese man named Zhan did not want to pay for a ticket to get into the zoo. Instead of buying a ticket, like his family did, he decided to scale a wall to get in. He ended up in a tiger enclosure and was promptly mauled to death while onlookers watched and recorded video of it.
9. There was a copper scroll found among the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1952 that is not a literary work like the others. Instead, it lists the locations of valuable treasures such as silver and gold that have been buried or hidden.
10. John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy had an older brother named Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. who had aspirations to become president. However, Joe Jr. was killed during a top-secret mission at the age of 29 during World War 2.
The Netherlands is a leader when it comes to food production due to innovations in agricultural techniques which drastically improve efficiency. Growing a kg of tomatoes in the Netherlands uses 9.1 liters of water (1.1 gallons/lb). The global average is over 210 liters of water per kg (25.6 gallons/lb)
12. When Queen Elizabeth delivers a speech in Parliament, a member of the House of Commons is kept hostage at Buckingham Palace. The hostage is released when the Queen safely returns.
13. In 1946, a Scottish scientist named John Boyd Orr proposed the creation of a World Food Board to repel world hunger and protect global peace. The proposal was rejected as the United Kingdom and the United States of America refused to support it. As he resigned from his role in the United Nations, he warned that “food is more than a commodity."
14. "False uniqueness bias," refers to people underestimating the number of others who share their positive traits ("unlike most people, I exercise") and overestimating the number of people who share their negative traits ("everybody smokes").
15. The Tulsa Center of the Universe is an acoustic anomaly located in Oklahoma. When one stands in the center of the circle and makes a noise, that noise is echoed back several times louder than it was made, but no one standing outside the circle can hear a thing.
At the age of 16 slave/abolitionist Frederick Douglass fought back against his brutal master. Edward Covey, a man who had a reputation as a "slave-breaker," whipped Douglas regularly and almost broke him until one day, Douglass fought and came out victorious. Covey never tried to beat him again.
17. During his life, John Quincy Adams was an Ambassador to Prussia, Portugal, The Netherlands, and The United Kingdom, a Senator, Secretary of State, unanimously confirmed to the Supreme Court (declined), President, and finally served 9 terms as a congressman.
18. In 1994, radio shock jock Howard Stern talked a suicidal caller out of jumping off the George Washington Bridge in New York. He was live on air conversing and making jokes with him until he was able to be restrained and sent to a hospital.
19. In 2007, 2008 and every year from 2011 to 2015, a 6-foot Lego Minifigure washed up on the shore somewhere in the world with the words "NO REAL THAN YOU ARE" written on it. They are all signed by "Ego Leonard" (or L, Ego), an artist whose actual name and identity are unknown.
20. In “The Descent of Man”, Charles Darwin wrote only twice of “survival of the fittest” but 95 times about love, 92 times about moral sensitivity, and 200 times about mind and brain.
In 1960, soul singer Jesse Belvin played to Arkansas' first ever racially integrated audience. The performance was interrupted twice by white protesters. After the show, Belvin was killed in a head-on collision. It was discovered that his car tires had been slashed.
22. Longer basketball shorts became a thing when Michael Jordan asked Champion, the maker of NBA uniforms, to make longer shorts so he could grab onto them when he hunched over out of breath.
23. Shia LaBeouf was so unpopular on the sets of Fury for his antics (face cutting, tooth pulling, not washing to get into character) that he was given a separate room in a bed and breakfast away from the rest of the cast during filming.
24. A former professional sumo wrestler named Kōnoshin Suga came forward in a tell-all book with allegations of match-rigging, drug use, sexcapades, tax evasion, and close ties to the mafia. Both he and his co-writer were found dead in the same hospital, hours apart on the same day.
25. According to the Constitution, a Constitutional Convention can be convened if 2/3 of the states (currently 34 states) ask for it. At such a convention, amendments to the constitution can be proposed bypassing Congress. Due to vague wording, the scope and power of such a convention are unknown.