The fastest sailing route around the world – the Clipper route – is also the most dangerous.
The bridges depicted on the Euro banknotes were fictional… until the Dutch city Spijkenisse built them all.
Some people will go to absurd lengths to get revenge on their neighbours – including building houses purely out of spite.
From the 15th to the 19th century CE, the Akan used sets of ornate statues as a measurement system for weighing gold dust, but also encoding and reinforcing cultural knowledge at the same time.
In World War I, phenol was a key ingredient in aspirin, explosives, and phonograph records. German agents secretly redirected Thomas Edison’s excess phenol supply to prevent it being used for British bombs.
The oldest known postcard was sent by a practical joker to himself to embarrass the postal service.
At the start of this year the largest free trade agreement in the world came into effect, with the goal of connecting the entire African continent.
Al-Khazneh, the temple carved out of a cliff in Petra, is the most famous remnant of the Nabataean Kingdom. But to its south lies Hegra, the cursed stoneland city.
A passenger in the the 1957 Zündapp Janus sits with their back to the driver. The Janus has two doors: the front of the car and the rear of the car.
Earl Muntz was an American businessperson who made a fortune chopping unnecessary bits out of TV sets. He may have also coined the term “TV” and certainly named his daughter “Tee Vee” too.
Cartographers will sometimes insert fake locations in order to catch plagiarism of their maps. But sometimes those fake locations then become real.
Vietnam is the second-largest producer of coffee in the world because of a crisis in 1970s East Germany.
The national canal network of Britain powered its Industrial Revolution, then fell into disuse, and then rose again in the late 20th century.
One of the cardinal rules of microeconomics is that as the price of a good goes up, demand goes down. But Veblen goods and Giffen goods do the opposite.
India prevented people patenting their foods, traditional medicines, and yoga poses by recording them all in an online database: 34 million pages’ worth.
Didius Julianus won the Roman Empire in an auction held by the Praetorian Guard in 193 CE.