In 1963, the Bronx Zoo had an exhibit called “The Most Dangerous Animal in the World.” It was a mirror.

• • •

The first hoop skirt was worn by Queen Juana of Portugal, in a bid to hide the fact she was pregnant.

• • •

In 2015, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield released the first ever album recorded entirely in space, titled “Space Sessions: Songs from a Tin Can.”

• • •

Russia only classified beer as an alcoholic drink in 2011.

• • •

Japanese trains, reputedly the most punctual in the world, issue passengers with a “delay certificate” if a train is running more than five minutes behind schedule. The documents can be shown to bosses or teachers to explain a passenger’s lateness.

• • •

In the late 1800s in Corinne, Utah, you could buy legal divorce papers from a vending machine for $2.50.

• • •

Late in his life, Guglielmo Marconi believed no sound ever dies completely. He dreamed of building a device strong enough to pick up the actual words of Jesus at the “Sermon on the Mount.”

• • •

In 2012, General Mills sent professional basketball player Jeremy Lin a special jersey made entirely out of Fruit Roll-Ups after he tweeted about his love for the snack.

• • •

The oldest known customer service complaint was written on a clay cuneiform tablet in Mesopotamia 4,000 years ago. In it, a customer named Nanni complains that he was sold inferior copper ingots.

• • •

The southern polar region of Enceladus, one of Saturn’s moons, contains cryovolcanoes, an exotic type of geyser that spews ice instead of magma.

• • •

 Aluminum is infinitely recyclable, with nearly 75% of all aluminum ever produced still in use today.

• • •

Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin brought a chalice, bread and wine to the moon to take communion.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.