King Gustav III of Sweden was warned of assassins at his masquerade ball. He went anyway.
In 1989 two million people formed a human chain stretching 675km from Tallinn to Riga to Vilnius.
The Gallagher Index measures how well the makeup of a legislative body represents the proportion of votes cast to elect it. Some countries do this much better than others.
To win the game Nomic, you need to change the rules so that you can win the game Nomic.
Three American and three German warships spent months in a standoff in Apia Harbour in Samoa. And then a cyclone hit.
Leonardo da Vinci and Niccolò Machiavelli once teamed up to steal the Arno river.
In the early morning of September 3, 1967, the entire country of Sweden switched from driving on the left to driving on the right.
You are being followed by a ghost. Put all your valuables in this bag. I’ll bless the bag to banish them. P.S. Don’t open the bag for a month afterwards.
India prevented people patenting their foods, traditional medicines, and yoga poses by recording them all in an online database: 34 million pages’ worth.
Sigurd the Mighty, Earl of Orkney, died in 892 CE when he was bitten by the severed head of his foe, Máelbrigte the Bucktoothed.
Twelve years before Orson Welles’ classic radio play The War of the Worlds, BBC Radio broadcast a hoax revolution in which government ministers were murdered and Big Ben demolished by trench mortars.
The United States motto, e pluribus unum, appears in several classical sources. In one of them, it’s part of a recipe for pesto.
In 1929 Bavarian architect Herman Sörgel proposed building a dam across the Strait of Gibraltar and shrinking the Mediterranean.
In a bid to free up jobs after the onset of the Great Depression, hundreds of thousands of people were deported from the United States to Mexico. The majority were American citizens.
Didius Julianus won the Roman Empire in an auction held by the Praetorian Guard in 193 CE.