When Henry Ford took over production of the B-24 Liberator bombers for WWII, he actively recruited “little people” from Hollywood and circuses to help fasten rivets in the narrow sections of its wings. Appreciative co-workers helped lift them up to punch their time-cards.
27. The sport of Lacrosse was originally a form of ceremonial combat played by Native American tribes with teams of 100-1,000 players, on a field several kilometers long, in games that lasted two to three days straight. The original term, Baggataway, means “little brother of War”. Native tribes would meet regularly to play instead of waging war on one another. The French Canadians observed this game and called it la crosse, because the sticks resembled shepherds’ crooks.
28. The father of the baby in the ‘Success Kid’ meme (the baby with a scowl with his fist balled up) needed a kidney transplant, and the family used the meme to raise over $100,000 to pay for the operation.
29. The Irish Elk is an extinct species of deer that stood 7 feet tall at the shoulders and had 12 foot wide antlers. The Irish Elk was the third largest deer to ever live but had the largest and heaviest antler of any animal in the deer family. It went extinct 7000 years ago.
30. In 2013, a 67-year-old Belgian woman was misled by her GPS and mistakenly drove 900 miles. Her actual destination was only 90 miles away. She was supposed to pick up a friend in Brussels but instead drove all the way south to Zagreb, Croatia. It took her two days.
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An Australian restaurant called Pablo’s Escoburgers came under fire for their burger called “The Patron,” a double patty with candied bacon topped with a line of white powder (garlic flour) and a rolled-up fake $100 banknote. They announced that people were “lining up for a taste.”
32. Filipino people can travel to Israel without a visa because, during WW2, Manuel L. Quezon granted refuge to Jewish people looking to escape Hitler and Nazi Germany.
33. Thousands of Cuban children were sent to America in the early '60s out of fear that they’d be sent to the Soviet Union. Jeff Bezos’ stepfather was one of those children.
34. At the end of WWII, Allied forces occupying Germany forced German civilians to tour the recently liberated concentration camps and forced to assist burying the dead as well as feeding and clothing the survivors.
35. Marine Biologist, Edith Widder created a device that mimicked the Atolla Jellyfish’s alarm. When threatened the Atolla jellyfish will emit a light that signals bigger predators to its location. She placed the device in the deep sea along with a camera. To her surprise, a giant squid showed up.
Legendary Guitarist Randy Rhoads died when his tour bus driver stole a plane and went joyriding with Rhoads on it. They buzzed the tour bus in hopes of waking up the band and clipped the wing of the plane and crashed.
37. In 2006 an auto wreck left only one survivor, whom first responders mixed up with another girl. The family of the survivor held a funeral and buried the wrong woman, while the other family kept a bedside vigil for months. When they removed the bandages, the families involved realized the mix-up.
38. The Ronan Point apartment tower in East London, which partly collapsed in 1968, was dismantled floor by floor in 1986 by engineers who suspected bad workmanship. They found that not a single joint in the building was connected correctly.
39. During WWII the Italian mafia assisted the US government by providing intelligence for the invasion of Sicily, and by guaranteeing no dockworker strikes throughout the war.
40. Deaf people suffering from schizophrenia still have auditory hallucinations. However, instead of hearing voices, they see hands signing at them.
After the NHL mandated helmets for all players entering the league in 1979, the rule’s grandfather clause allowed Craig MacTavish to continue to play without one until his retirement in 1997.
42. Anchorage, Alaska has 500 police officers and there are only 800 police officers total in the other 661,000 square miles of Alaska.
43. The Guugu Yimithirr is an Australian Aboriginal tribe that doesn’t use terms like “left” and “right”. Instead, they use the geographical directions “north, east, south and west.” That means, that there can’t be confusions about your left or my left since the directions are absolute for everyone.
44. A sword attributed to William Wallace needed its original scabbard, hilt and belt replaced in 1505 because the originals were reported to be made out of human skin.
45. A woman named Christina Santhouse had her brain’s right hemisphere removed because it was ravaged by a disease called Rasmussen’s syndrome. She went on to lead a normal life and received a master’s degree in speech-language pathology.
Gambling’s biggest recorded loser is Terrance Watanabe who bet more than $825 million. He would gamble for days on end, often losing more than $5million a day and was responsible for 5.6% of Vegas’s gambling revenue. He later was unable to pay for his cancer treatment.
47. The number of diplomatic parking violations is strongly correlated with home country corruption. Diplomats from high-corruption countries accumulate significantly more unpaid parking violations than those from less corrupt countries.
48. Persians figured out ways to collect and store ice and make it usable all year round in the desert by 400 BCE. They used a domed shaped structure called a Yakhchāl which used the principle of evaporative cooling to store ice and food.