In 1976 most African countries boycotted the Olympics because the games would not ban New Zealand.
Bir Tawil is a wedge of land between Egypt and Sudan. Neither wants to claim Bir Tawil: it is one of the only unclaimed territories in the world.
By most modern interpretations, Islamic law forbids charging interest. So some modern banks have found ways to profitably lend money without it.
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.
In the 2018 mayoral election for Makassar, Indonesia, Munafri Afiruddin was the only candidate, won a quarter of a million votes, and lost.
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 first Olympic marathon was pretty wild: an Australian competitor collapsed and then punched a spectator, the third-place runner was disqualified for riding in a carriage, and a woman prevented from entering ran the same course the next day.
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.
Two German politicians resigned from office – in 2011 and 2013 – when their doctorates were revoked because of plagiarism.
In 9th century CE France, a monk went undercover in a rival monastery for ten years to steal a holy relic.
In the mid-20th century, several countries had plans to construct a flying submarine.
The French mercenary Bob Denard overthrew the government of the Comoros four times: in 1975, 1978, 1989, and 1995.
“Gaudeamus igitur” is a solemn Latin song commonly sung at Western graduation ceremonies. Two hundred and fifty years ago, it was a bawdy student drinking song.