Willie Nelson is known for being a great country singer, but did you know that he sold his first song for only $50? “Family Bible” went on to be a huge hit, reaching #7 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart. But even though the song was successful, Willie had no regrets about selling it cheap. He memorably said: “I felt if I could write one hit song, I could write another.” On another note, you might think that igniting gasoline with a lit cigarette would be easy - just like in the movies! But researchers have tried this 2000 times and failed every single time. The liquid gas can't be ignited by the cigarette itself, but the fumes from the pump can ignite if the cigarette is burning at 450°C. Finally, everyone knows Robin Hood as a fictional character who stole from rich people to give to poor people - but did you know that there is an actual Greek man who sort of goes by this name? Vassilis Palaikostas has been nicknamed “Robin of the Poor” because he steals money from rich Greeks and gives it away to those in need. He has even escaped prison twice!
Bland American beers are all thanks to prohibition.
More people died in Tokyo than Nagasaki and Hiroshima combined.
Germany has a suspended monorail still in service from 1897.
WWII pilots delivered kegs of beer in modified pylons.
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Medieval hairstyles signaled availability.
“I am The Walrus” was made to be intentionally nonsensical.
Tokyo Tower is made partly from scrap metal.
Mr. Rogers met his drivers’ family when they passed his home and he kept in touch for the rest of his life.
A metal drummer was elected as a councilman in Norway.
Lady Bird Johnson didn’t want a lake named after her, so they waited until she was dead.