If you have nerve damage to your hand, or other body part, it won’t wrinkle when submerged in water.
Up until the 18th century, the fork was considered an elitist tool used by the (primarily Italian) upper class. Other Europeans considered it “unmanly,” “excessive,” and “an insult to God.”
30 years ago, you could buy a Lifetime, Unlimited First-class Travel pass with American Airlines for $250,000.
During WW2, captured German officers, sent to Britain as POWs, lived in luxury in Trent Park. This was done to make them feel relaxed. However, they were being listened to by 100 ‘listeners’. They revealed secrets about the holocaust, events in Berlin, Hitlers madness and V2 rocket bases.
There is an extinct genus of ape, Gigantopithecus blacki, which stood up to 9.8 feet tall, weighed as much as 1,190 pounds and have lived alongside modern humans for tens of thousands of years. There are people out there that think Gigantopithecus might be the origin to mythological characters like Bigfoot.
Elefantenrennen (elephant racing) is the German word for when one truck tries to overtake another truck with a minimal speed difference, blocking all lanes in the process.
A lot of buildings, including hospitals, don’t have a 13th floor because so many people fear the number, which itself a condition called triskaidekaphobia. They include Napoleon and Franklin D. Roosevelt, who refused to travel on the 13th day of any month and would never host 13 guests at a meal. According to livescience.com, Mark Twain once was the 13th guest at a dinner party that a friend warned him to avoid. “It was bad luck,” Twain later told the friend. “They only had food for 12.” In fact, in Paris, the site says, superstitious diners “can hire a quatorzieme, or professional 14th guest.”
V for Vendetta mask (Guy Fawkes mask) is actually licensed by a major media conglomerate. Every time you buy the mask to make a statement, you are inadvertently supporting Warner Bros – one of America’s 100 biggest companies.
Probably 99.5% of the truffle oil on the market is completely synthetic. No truffles are involved in the process at all. From Wikipedia: “Most truffle oils are not made from actual truffles, but are a synthetic product that combines a thioether (2,4-dithiapentane), one of numerous aromas or odorants found in truffles, with an olive oil or grapeseed oil base.”
High heels were originally invented for men — specifically, for Parisian soldiers. The shoes gave the soldiers stability in the stirrups so they could use their bow and arrows more efficiently. Around the 1630s, women started adopting masculine fashion trends, and this is when women began wearing high heels.
Mail order shops sold nose hair trimmers cheaply to build lists of people too embarrassed to buy them in person, and therefore very likely to buy more embarrassing things via the mail.
Alcatraz was the only federal prison at the time to offer hot-water showers for its inmates. The prison staff reasoned that prisoners acclimated to hot water would not be able to withstand the freezing waters of the San Francisco bay during an escape attempt.
The Grand Central Station in New York is more radioactive than a nuclear power plant due to its granite construction.