In 2006, the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia launched a $1.2 million program to retrain prostitutes as nursing home caregivers. A supporter explained they had “good people skills, aren't easily disgusted, and have zero fear of physical contact.”
2. When Matthew McConaughey was arrested for possession of marijuana in 1999, police found him playing the bongos and dancing, naked, while another man joined in and clapped along.
3. Before she was famous, Nicki Minaj was fired from approximately fifteen jobs for discourtesy to customers.
4. The US government set a bunch of beer next to an atomic bomb blast to determine if it was still drinkable. In the event of a nuclear war, beer is safe to drink
5. The highest earning athlete of all time was a Roman charioteer named Gaius Appuleius Diocles. He earned approximately $15 billion in prize money alone.
140 years after an ancient stolen ring was found on a rural farm, a tablet was found at another site (“Among those who bear the name of Senicianus to none grant health until he brings back the ring to the temple of Nodens”). One of the scholars who translated it was Oxford professor J R R Tolkien.
7. A New Orleans restaurant (Antoine's Restaurant) has been owned by the same family since 1840. Antoine's, famous for Oyster Rockefeller and Baked Alaska, has had five generations of the family run it, and a sixth is preparing to take over. It is the US's oldest continuously family-run restaurant.
8. During the Irish Famine the Choctaw Nation, who were going through poverty and starvation themselves, donated as much money as they could raise in solidarity with the Irish. The 'Kindred Spirits' sculpture commemorates this event
9. The D-Day (June 6) Crossword Panic of 1944 in which, in the 35 days before the invasion, 5 obscure, top-secret code words appeared in the Daily Telegraph puzzles. The words 'Utah, Omaha, Overlord, Mulberry and Neptune' triggered an MI5 investigation.
10. H.R. Giger refused to give the xenomorphs from Alien eyes because "It's scarier if you don't know where they're looking".
A man, after surviving 33 days lost at sea, finally came ashore by chance on the Marshall Islands only to discover that his uncle, believed lost at sea 50 years ago, had washed ashore on the same island and started a family there.
12. In the 13th century, Genghis Khan proposed "friendship and peace" with the fellow nomadic Khwarezmian Empire in Persia. The Khwarezmia Shah ordered a Mongol trade delegation killed, prompting Khan to invade the empire, kill 1.25 million, and destroy the Khwarezmian Empire.
13. A guy named Seth Putnam wrote a song about how being in a coma was stupid, and soon after went into a coma himself. After he awoke, when asked how it felt to be in a coma he said, “It was just as f*cking stupid as I wrote about in my song”.
14. The Californian tried to warn surrounding ships about ice but were told to 'shut up' by Titanic's operator 40 mins before the collision
15. Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford were drunk in the scene where Leia and Solo arrive at Cloud City in "The Empire Strikes Back" due to partying all night into the morning with the Rolling Stones and Eric Idle.
95 percent of those of European origin can trace their maternal roots to one of seven women who lived between 10,000 and 45,000 years ago.
17. By 1932, Mickey Mouse had lost his edge since becoming a role model for children. Disney wanted to create a character to portray more negative character traits, which could no longer be bestowed on Mickey. That’s when Disney started working on a short-tempered character named Donald Duck.
18. Silica gel packets are only stamped with "DO NOT EAT" to prevent people from choking on the packet. It's otherwise non-toxic (although still not food so don't eat it).
19. CNN once had two reporters talk to each other via satellite while they were standing in the same parking lot
20. In 2015, a woman named Diana Airoldi only got her internet fixed after six full weeks after complaining to the CEO of Comcast's mother.
21UK emergency services
In the UK if you dial 999 but can't audibly signal the operator you can press '55' to signal that you are in danger
22. The United Kingdom writes, prints and stores all of its laws on goatskin
23. For those who jumped from the WTC on 9/11/2001, the fall lasted 10 seconds. They struck the ground at just under 150 MPH -- not fast enough to lose consciousness while falling, but fast enough to ensure instant death on impact. The deaths of those who jumped were ruled homicide, not suicide.
24. The Ancient Greeks didn't like Ares that much. He represented the violent and untamed parts of War, as opposed to Athena, who was the goddess of Military Strategy.
25. In galactic years, the Sun is about 20 years old and will die at the age of 54.