Thanks to a loophole in United States law, it may be possible to murder someone in a small section of Yellowstone National Park and get away with it.
An urban legend from the late 1980s claimed that Soviet scientists had drilled so far down they hit hell – and brought back an audio recording of the suffering souls. But it was actually Baron Blood.
The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw many feminist utopias that portrayed a society run by women: by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Irene Clyde, former New Zealand prime minister Julius Vogel, and the influential Bangladeshi author Begum Rokeya.
The creators of the cult children’s TV show H. R. Pufnstuf once sued McDonald’s for plagiarism – and won big.
In 1969, Honduras and El Salvador went to war while their football teams faced off in a World Cup qualifier.
Some of the best beers in the world (according to aficionados) are also among the rarest beers in the world.
Between 1894 and 1895 Annie Londonderry cycled around the world – the first woman to do so.
In 1939 a student at UC Berkeley copied down two homework problems from the class blackboard. He solved them in a few days… and then discovered that they were two of the thorniest unsolved theorems in statistics.
In the mid-20th century, several countries had plans to construct a flying submarine.
If you’re at a circus and you hear the band play “The Stars and Stripes Forever” – you better run.
The escape artist Harry Houdini and the author H. P. Lovecraft collaborated on a “true” Egyptian horror story.
Most crosswords have a single correct solution. A quantum crossword has several.
The USS Triton was the first submarine to circumnavigate the world completely underwater. It was spotted just once, by a Filipino fisherman.
The Church of One Tree in Santa Rosa, California, was built in 1873 out of a single giant redwood tree.
Eugene Debs received more than 900,000 votes in the 1920 American presidential election – while in prison for sedition.
The Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff has a songwriter credit for the power ballad “All by Myself.”