Category: funny

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.”

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.

Coffee was so important in Turkish culture that under 15th-century law, a woman had the freedom to divorce her husband if he did not provide her with enough coffee.

To prevent tourists from stealing their beer glasses, some bars in Belgium require people to hand over one of their shoes as a deposit which is then put in a basket and hung from the ceiling. These shoe baskets have also become an attraction.

The Navajo have a tradition around celebrating a baby’s first laugh. Around three months, they watch the baby closely for that first real giggle. The person who has the good fortune of eliciting that first laugh is then responsible for throwing a party.

Wrigley’s was originally a soap company that gifted baking powder with their soap. The baking powder became more popular than the soap so they switched to selling baking powder with chewing gum as a gift. The gum became more popular than the baking powder so the company switched to selling gum.

1-800-COLLECT was so popular in the 90s that AT&T launched a competing service, 1-800-Operator. However AT&T later discovered many people misspell Operator with ‘er’ instead of ‘or’ at the end, and that unfortunately, 1-800-COLLECT owned the misspelled number and had been taking their customers.

Over 500,000 people have joined a Facebook event pledging to storm Area 51 on September 20th in a quest to “see them aliens.” The event is called “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us”. (source)

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Here’s the plan, as per the creator of the event: “We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry. If we Naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Let’s see them aliens.”

The residents of a neighborhood complained of mysterious ailments from a new cell phone tower. During a meeting the owner revealed that the tower had been off for over a month. Residents didn’t show up to the followup meeting.

In 2010, a man in England was arrested for recording his neighbor’s noisy dogs and replaying the noise at full volume over the neighbor’s fence.