“Fight Against Stupidity And Bureaucracy”
It’s an odd mixture of facts today.
“When is it not?”, you may well ask.
So if you have a bald head or not peruse these at your leisure and….
The first heart pacemakers
plugged into the wall.
While he was still contracted to play Bond,
Pierce Brosnan wasn’t allowed to wear a tuxedo
in any film where he wasn’t playing Bond.
Strangely the weird-sounding phrase
‘Break A Leg’
is mainly used when you want
to wish someone good luck.
Although there are different theories
about when it was first used,
the consensus is that the phrase originated in
British theater circles back in the 1920s.
Every April 12th, Yuri’s night
(after the first human in space Yuri Gagarin)
is celebrated internationally to commemorate
space milestones & boost public interest
in space exploration.
During WWI, American hamburgers
(named after the German city of Hamburg)
were renamed Salisbury steak.
which were named after Frankfurt, Germany,
were called “liberty sausages,”
and dachshunds became “liberty dogs.”
Schools stopped teaching German, and
German-language books were burned.
One of the most popular drinks in
Cambodia is Tarantula Brandy;
a delectable concoction that includes
rice liquor and freshly dead tarantulas.
Physicists have discovered a jewel-like geometric object
within quantum physics that drastically simplifies
calculations of particle interactions and challenges
the notion that space and time are fundamental
components of reality.
The Great Wall of China has been visited
by an immense number of famous people
and politicians including several American presidents
such as George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan,
Richard M. Nixon and Barack Obama.
There was an attempt to destroy
the Giza pyramids in the 12th century.
Al-Aziz, a Kurdish ruler and
the second Ayyubid Sultan of Egypt,
tried to demolish them but had to give up
because the task was too big.
However, he did succeed in damaging
Menkaure’s Pyramid where he left a
large vertical gash in its north face.
The day before the Titanic sank
a life boat drill was planned which would have
allowed passengers to practice what to do
in the case of an emergency.
It was cancelled.
The so-called father of Greek tragedy,
was himself involved in a fatal tragedy.
As the legendary playwright was working on a new play
an eagle that had mistaken his bald head for a rock
suitable for shattering the turtle’s shell
dropped a turtle on his head and killed him.
(and presumably the turtle)
There are over 200 slang terms for marijuana,
some of the most common nicknames include
pot, grass, weed, hash, hemp or ganja
and ……..I forgot the other one…. shit!
In some countries, ants and their larvae
are eaten as a delicacy.
The eggs of two ant species are used
in a Mexican specialty called “Escamoles”.
The eggs are considered a form of insect caviar
and can sell for as much as USD 40 per pound.
More than a century before the Apollo 11,
writer Jules Verne wrote in his book
“From the Earth to the Moon”
that a rocket would launch from Florida
and fly to the moon.
He predicted the name of the ship, Apollo,
as well as the number of astronauts aboard and
the feeling of weightlessness once on the moon.
Surprisingly, many viewers who use the
YouTube web site to watch music videos, pranks,
and short viral videos, ignore the fact that there are
over seven thousand hours of full-length movies
and TV shows on YouTube as well.
Here’s a greatly under-rated movie
about the Kennedy Assassination conspiracy
made long before Oliver Stone’s version.