1. In 1977, the band Pink Floyd tied a giant inflatable pig to a power station as a publicity stunt. The pig broke free and floated over Heathrow Airport, where all flights had to be grounded to avoid collisions with the pig.
2. During WW1, Britain ran out of binoculars, so they turned to the leading manufacturer of optics to buy them: Germany. In turn Germany bought from Britain what they most needed: rubber.
3. Solar eclipses not only alter the temperature on the Earth but also can impact wind and weather pattern.
4. In 2009, a man on trial in San Diego brought a bag of poop into the courtroom, smeared feces on his lawyer and then threw the remainder of the poop at the jury. He was charged with robbery and two counts of assault by poop and was sentenced to 31 years in prison.
5. Among other things, the Presidential state car features a blood bank of the President’s blood type in the trunk.
6. Liquid helium has zero viscosity and can flow through microscopic holes and up walls against gravity.
7. More than 1,000,000 Euros are thrown into the Trevi fountain every year. The money is used to subsidize a supermarket for the ones in need.
8. London and NYC have “buildings” which are actually facades hiding subway ventilation/maintenance systems.
9. The city of Dallas, Texas has lost every single one of 82 court cases against the same man, Robert Groden, over several decades.
10. The New Zealand town of Brightwater had 5 electric street lights in 1911 powered by a hydroelectric generator which was auto-controlled by a flock of chickens. At night, the chickens would go inside their coop and their weight would close an electric circuit, turning on the street lights.
11. In 1913, Hitler, Freud, Tito, Stalin, and Trotsky all lived within 2 square miles of each other in Vienna.
12. “Surprise me” were the last words of the 100-year-old, legendary comedian Bob Hope, responding to his wife’s question regarding where he would like to be buried.
13. In 2007, Princes William and Harry asked Channel 4 not to broadcast a documentary featuring footage of their mother’s dying moments. Channel 4 broadcast the documentary anyway, then put out an additional program an hour later to debate whether it had been right for them to do so.
14. In 2012 when Taylor Swift held a public vote for where she would visit and perform a free concert 4chan users voted for a children’s school for the deaf and won the vote.
15. All provinces in Canada have banned expiry dates on gift certificates.
16. Watermelons originated in Africa and were first cultivated solely for their water content; their flavor was very bitter.
17. In October 1994, Pulp Fiction, Forrest Gump, The Shawshank Redemption, The Lion King and Jurassic Park were all in theaters at the same time.
18. Tigers, jaguars and leopards love the smell of Calvin Klein’s ‘Obsession For Men’. This fragrance is used to lure the big cats to the cameras in the wild.
19. The mobile game “Send Me to Heaven” involves throwing your phone as high in the air as you can. the creator said he made it with the hope of destroying as many iPhones as possible, but Apple banned it from the App Store.
20. Usain Bolt demands his ad shoots to be done in Jamaica to bring money to his country.
21. “Inner speech” (the voice you hear inside your head when you’re reading or thinking) is accompanied by tiny muscular movements in the larynx.