1.  McDonalds’ delivery trucks

All of McDonalds’ delivery trucks in the United Kingdom, have been running on used cooking oil from their restaurants since 2007.

2. Just before Live Aid, Freddie Mercury was told by his doctor not to do the show because of some vocal trouble. He, of course, ignored it and went on to deliver a 20 minutes show that, according to a BBC poll, is the greatest live performance of all time.

3. The bishop of Orlando is also bishop of the moon, due to a canon law that says “any newly discovered territory would fall under the bishopric from whence the discovering expedition departed.” His is, therefore, the largest Catholic diocese, at over 14,000,000 square miles.

4. Switzerland is the only country in the world which could fit 114% of its population into bunkers in case of an emergency.

5. An undercover investigation found that Apple charges $1200 for a computer repair that a local repair store was able to fix in 1 minute and charged $0 for.

6.  Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci never had a last name because he was born out of wedlock, thus leading to his “last name” being da Vinci (of Vinci) because the town he was born in was called Vinci.

7. George Clooney once contemplated suicide while recovering from a head injury sustained from filming a thriller movie, as the pain as so great. He had basically bruised his brain and couldn’t take painkillers due to a family history of addiction. He had to use therapy to get through it.

8. In 2017, Kevin Smith announced that he will donate all his dividends from Weinstein-Made films to the non-profit “Women In Film.”

9. Disney changed the name of their project “Basil of Baker Street” to “The Great Mouse Detective”, causing Disney animators to pass around a joke memo blandly renaming old Disney classics. It reached the CEO of Disney, who was furious and demanded to know who wrote the memo. No one squealed.

10. Hawaii allows people to throw their beloved’s ashes into their volcanoes, as long as you pay a $25 permit and do it discreetly.

11.  Biosphere 2

Scientist grew trees in a sealed biosphere and couldn’t work out why they fell over before they matured. They eventually figured out that whilst they provided the perfect growing environment it was lacking wind which provides the stress needed to ensure the trees grew strong enough to support themselves.

12. Buddy Holly’s wife found out about his death while watching TV and suffered a miscarriage the next day due to “psychological trauma.” His mother heard the news on the radio and collapsed. Soon after, authorities adopted a policy of notifying a victim’s family before their name was released.

13. In 2004, a Disney employee who played Tigger was acquitted of charges of allegedly fondling a 13-year-old girl in costume, when his defense attorney tried on the costume in court and demonstrated how hard it was to move the costumes oversized glove hands.

14. A Japanese cat burglar was unmasked as a 74-year-old pensioner named Mitsuaki Tanigawa after 9 years’ worth of heists. He stole more than 29 million yen (£194,000) during his spree. When captured, he said: “I am defeated.”

15. Alligator Snapping Turtles can live over 150 years, and some have been found with musket balls and flint arrowheads in their shells.

16.  Maximilian Kolbe

Maximilian Kolbe was a Polish friar who was sent to Auschwitz for hiding Jews during World War 2. He offered his life and volunteered to die in the place of another camp inmate who was about to be executed when the camp inmate cried that he had a ‘wife’ and a ‘child’. Maximilian, on the other hand, had no family. In 1982, Catholic Church venerated him as the patron saint of amateur-radio operators, of drug addicts, of political prisoners, of families, of journalists and of prisoners.

17. Ireland has 3 peat fired power plants. Using peat taken from Irish bogs, it’s more polluting than coal and is so inefficient that it is subsided by the state.

18. Black Bart was a notorious stagecoach robber, who never cursed, never fired his weapon, didn’t ride a horse and left poems after his crimes.

19. Bertha Benz successfully marketed her husband’s invention, the motor car, when she took it for a 65-mile trip, overcoming mechanical problems and inventing brake shoes on the way, and proving that cars were suitable for long journeys. Her trip gained attention, resulting in Benz’s first sale.

20. “The Powerpuff Girls” was originally called “Whoopass Stew!” Rather than adding Chemical X to his formula, Professor Utonium accidentally adds a can of whoop-ass, and the creation was to be known as The Whoopass Girls.

21,  Jumps

Jumps are classified by what kind of foot transfer happens. You hop on one foot, you leap from one foot to the other. Jumping is two feet to two feet. Assemble is jumping from two feet but landing on one, and Sissonne is jumping from one foot and landing on two.

22. Granny Smith Apples originated by accident when a lady dumped a crate of old rotten French crab apples in her garden and then later found an apple sapling growing there. The tree grew to produce green tart apples that had never grown before.

23. Daniel Craig has been injured 5 times while playing James Bond. He does all of his own stunts and has had his two front teeth smashed out, lost the tip of a finger, sprained his arm and knee in separate incidents, and pulled his ankle.

24. 75% of people who work 4 days a week report high job satisfaction and less illness in the workplace. Over half (69%) report lower stress levels.

25. Dr. Pepper served hot with lemon was a popular 1960’s holiday beverage.


26.  V for Vendetta

In 2012, China’s national TV channel – known for its strict censoring of foreign films – stunned viewers by airing the anarchist film ‘V for Vendetta’ fully uncensored. It included the famous quote: “People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.”

27. In Sweden, you agree with someone by sucking in air. In Sweden (and Norway), to show you’re on the same page as someone, you make a sharp sucking noise instead of saying “I agree” or nodding. It’s their way of letting you know they’re listening without interrupting the flow of conversation.


28. Subway chicken was DNA tested by a Canadian firm and was found to only contain about 50% chicken, with much of the rest being soy filler.


29. The term “plastic surgery” was coined in 1839, 70 years before plastic was even invented. It comes from the Greek word “plastikē” which means “sculpting” and has nothing to do with plastic.

30. The biggest infrastructure project in the U.S. ($512 billion), the Interstate Highway System, was built and championed by Eisenhower in 1956 because he thought it was virtually impossible to travel US roads after experiencing the German Autobahn in World War 2 during his experience as General.


31.  Buzz Aldrin

After retiring from NASA, Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon, fell into a deep depression and ended up working as a used car salesman.

32. Lucy Maud Montgomery stored her now-famous book Anne of Green Gables in a hatbox after it was rejected by every publisher she sent it to. Years later she tried again, and the book has now sold 50 million copies.

33. In 1957, Northeast Airlines Flight 823 crashed onto Rikers Island, New York’s 400-acre prison complex. Around 50 inmates rushed to help pull passengers from the wreckage. Later, the governor set those prisoners free or reduced their sentences.


34. When Big Bird appeared on Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, Mr. Rogers wanted to do a segment where Caroll Spinney would remove his Big Bird costume, demonstrate how the puppet worked, and talk about what it’s like to play Big Bird. Spinney refused to do it, not wanting to ruin the illusion for kids.


35. William the Conqueror’s body exploded at his funeral. He’d died due to an intestinal infection from his horse rearing and throwing him against his saddle pommel. At his funeral, as his too large body was being forced into a too-small coffin, his abdomen burst. Mourners ran to escape the stench.


36. Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert donates his proceeds from the sale of AmeriCone Dream to charity.

37. Arnold Schwarzenegger paid Austria to ship him the exact same tank he drove when he was a soldier. It is fully operable (minus the gun) and he uses it to support his fundraising efforts.

38. Because electronic computers were not fast in 1959, the X15 experimental jet used a Fluidic Digital Computer that used water instead of electricity. It featured hypersensitive Fluidic Integrated Circuits and Logic Gates that could make course corrections faster than its contemporary computers.

39. Modern humans and neanderthals interbred, and as a result, all non-Africans carry between one and four percent Neanderthal DNA.

40. Nicholas Culpeper was a 17th-century physician who married a wealthy heiress, enabling him to provide services free of charge while translating Latin medical text into English. He then sold them very cheaply for the poor who couldn’t afford expensive physicians.

41.  Reagan Administration

The Reagan Administration laughed about the AIDS epidemic during three separate press conferences.


42. A former engineer in Japan claims to be the only heir to authentic ninjutsu. In his 60s, Jinichi Kawakami decided he will not appoint anyone as the next ninja grandmaster, saying: “we now have guns, the internet and much better medicines, so the art of ninjutsu has no place in the modern age.”

43. France has banned children under the age of 15 to use their smartphones in school. This ban also includes smartwatches and tablets.

44. The 1994 film “Clerks” had an extended, but a much darker ending, in which Dante Hicks was murdered by a robber who then proceeded to take the money from the cash register. Miramax reacted negatively and ordered writer-director Kevin Smith to delete that ending completely.


45. Bed headboards were first used to keep sleepers warm and were constructed to create space from the wall to allow falling colder air to sink to the floor rather than onto the bed.

46.  Philemon T. Herbert

Philemon T. Herbert, a California Congressman once shot and killed a waiter, for being refused breakfast because it was too late in the morning. He was acquitted of manslaughter by a sympathetic jury.

47. Italians eat so much bread and pasta that the government will give Celiacs (gluten intolerant) a stipend of up to €140 to spend on Gluten-free products.

48. Baby Sand dollars (like a sea urchin) eat the heaviest bits of sand they can find, to weigh them down so they don’t get swept away, like a teeny tiny weight belt.

49. Many of the props used in Mel Brooks’ 1974 film “Young Frankenstein” were originally used in the 1931 Frankenstein film.


50. UHaul rarely runs advertisements. The founder viewed having trucks all over the road with his logo on it as the only advertising he needed.

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