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In 1493, Columbus mistook manatees for mermaids and wrote,…

In 1493, Columbus mistook manatees for mermaids and wrote, “they are not so beautiful as they are said to be, for their faces had some masculine traits.”

When Ringo Starr temporarily left the Beatles in 1968 because he…

When Ringo Starr temporarily left the Beatles in 1968 because he felt side-lined, his fellow Beatles sent him a telegram telling him that he was the best drummer in the world and that they loved him. He returned, and found his drumkit covered in flowers, spelling out “Welcome Back, Ringo.”.

In Elizabethan England, the word ‘Nothing’ was slang…

In Elizabethan England, the word ‘Nothing’ was slang for female genitalia. The title of the Shakespeare play ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ is a double entendre.

Although it sounds incredible that people have survived falls…

Although it sounds incredible that people have survived falls from aircraft as high as 20 000 feet, the extreme height makes little difference as anything above 10 or 12 stories and you’ve reached terminal velocity. So a fall from 20,000 is no different from a 500-foot fall.

There’s a psychedelic type of honey called “mad honey.” It is…

There’s a psychedelic type of honey called “mad honey.” It is cultivated in Turkey and is made from nectar from rhododendron flowers. Small doses cause hallucinations, large doses bring seizures and death. It is used as medicine by Turkish villagers, who drink it in milk with breakfast and believe it increases sexual performance.

The iconic Goldeneye 007 for the Nintendo 64 was created by only…

The iconic Goldeneye 007 for the Nintendo 64 was created by only 9 people — and 8 of them had never once worked on a video game before.

Amber Hagerman is the reason we have the Amber alert or a child…

Amber Hagerman is the reason we have the Amber alert or a child abduction emergency alert system. As of April 2019, 957 children rescued specifically because of AMBER Alert. To this day, the Amber behind Amber alert is still waiting for justice. (source 1, 2)

Photo : Bob Bobster / Flickr / wikipedia

In the movie Home Alone, the producers thought it would be too…

In the movie Home Alone, the producers thought it would be too mean to use a real girl for the pic of Buzz’s unattractive girlfriend, so they used the art director’s son.

Volunteers in Madrid watched for dog owners who didn’t…

Volunteers in Madrid watched for dog owners who didn’t pick up their dog’s poop and gathered the owner’s information by chatting until they had enough info to look up their addresses at the town hall. They then sent the poop to the owners’ homes with “lost and found” labels. According to Mayor Borja Gutiérrez, “It’s your dog poop. We are just returning it to you.”

A Viking woman could divorce her husband for many reasons,…

A Viking woman could divorce her husband for many reasons, including insulting her, being too jealous, not sleeping with her, or “wearing effeminate clothing, especially low- necked shirts exposing his chest”.