25 Completely Random Facts To Remind You Just How Weird The World Is.
1/25. When Benjamin Franklin died in 1790, he left the cities of Boston and Philadelphia $4,400 each in his will. BUT he imposed a stipulation that the money could not be spent for 200 years. By 1990, Boston's trust was worth over $5 million dollars.
2/25. It is illegal to NOT flush the toilet in Singapore. If you fail to flush, you'll be forking over $150 in fines. What's more...police officers have been known to check.
3/25. Ancient tablets unearthed in Iraq in the 1800s have revealed that principles of Calculus were used by Babylonian astronomers to calculate the position of Jupiter. This was 1400 years before Calculus was "invented" by European mathematics.
4/25. In France, by law a bakery has to make all the bread it sells from scratch in order to have the right to be called a bakery.
5/25. In Germany it is not illegal to try to escape from prison because it's basic human instinct to want to be free.
6/25. In Japan, you can hire a handsome man to show up at your office and watch sad videos with you until you cry, then wipe your tears for you.
7/25. A Chinese millionaire began selling cans of fresh air for $0.80 a can in response to China's worsening air pollution and made over $6 million.
8/25. In China, if you hit someone with your car you pay for their medical care. Killing someone, however, is a one time fine. For that reason, people have gone back to kill someone they accidentally hit.
9/25. NASA hires a man to sniff everything that they send to space. If he doesn't like the smell, it doesn't go to space.
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10/25. A lifeguard in South Florida was fired for saving someone who was drowning, because they guy wasn't technically in the lifeguard's assigned area.
11/25. On a flight from Heathrow to Dubai, someone took a poo that smelled so bad they had to turn the flight around after a half hour.
12/25. Between the 1940s and 70s, Harvard and several ivy league colleges across the US took nude photos of each entering freshman student. Thousands and thousands of pictures were taken, including George Bush, Diane Sawyer, Meryl Streep and Hillary Rodham Clinton.
13/25. An island, located between Australia and New Caledonia, was charted on maps for over a century, until a crew of scientists sailed to the location and found it didn't exist.
14/25. Every December 25th, a town in Peru celebrates "Takanakuy." Men, women, and children settle grudges from the past year by calling each other out and having a fist fight. Then, everybody goes drinking to numb the pain and move on to a new year.
15/25. In 2009 a man who was an expert on how to avoid being kidnapped in Mexico was kidnapped in Mexico after giving a lecture on "How To Not Be Kidnapped in Mexico."
16/25. There is a town in Alaska where almost everyone lives and works under one roof. A single 14-story is home to most of the town's residents, its post office, grocery store, health clinic, laundromat, and church.
17/25. In Italy, it is illegal to insult a man by saying he has "no balls."
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18/25. In 2009, Nigerian police arrested a goat on suspicion of armed robbery.
19/25. Canadians make a candy called tire d'rable by pouring maple syrup onto snow, then rolling it onto sticks.
20/25. In 2003, a Boeing 727 was stolen from an Angolan airport. It took off without clearance and flew out over the Atlantic with its lights and transporter switched off. It was never seen again.
21/25. In the Chinese city of Chongqing, cell phone addicts have their own sidewalk lane.
22/25. According to a Japanese poll in the year 2000, the Japanese believe that their best invention of the twentieth century was instant noodles.
23/25. You can pay a travel agency in Tokyo to take your stuffed animal on vacation without you.
24/25. The Mongolian Death Worm can grow up to 5-feet-long. It kills its preys with electric shocks from its eyes.
25. There's a Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb, Croatia that displays objects that were meaningful to heartbroken exes.
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