Masabumi Hosono

The only Japanese who survived the sinking of the Titanic was condemned for surviving.

  Of the more than 700 survivors of the Titanic, one was a Japanese named Masabumi Hosono, a civil servant working for the Ministry of Transport. He survived by boarding...
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Link #37: If a Tibetan Sticks His Tongue out at You, He’s Showing You...

Link #37: If a Tibetan Sticks His Tongue out at You, He’s Showing You Respect. In the last post, we described how a catfish’s body is like a giant tongue...
Carrots of many colors

Carrots weren’t always orange.

Carrots have been around since 3000 BC and they used to be purple, with a few red, yellow and white ones. It was only in the 17th century that...

One woman lived inside a hotel room for 24 years.

Ida Wood lived inside her room at the Herald Square Hotel in New York for 24 years. For food, she would ask the bellhop to give her some food...
Salt

In Ethiopia, bars of salt were once used as the major form of currency.

Up until the 20th century, one-pound bars of salt called amoleh were used as currency in Ethiopia since salt was something everyone needed. All of the amoleh came from...
Discobolus

In the past, the Olympics was played in the nude.

  In 720 BC, the Greek athletes who competed in the Olympic games did so without any clothes on or just a small strip of cloth. The Greek word for...

Ernest Hemingway liked to hunt sharks.

  Hemingway spent a lot of his free time deep sea fishing. When hauling his catch, he would often be interrupted by sharks so he decided to hunt them using...

A man in Philadelphia used a banana to rob a convenience store.

  Police in Philadelphia posted a surveillance video of a man who swiped a banana off the counter of a convenience store and used it to rob the store, making...

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