Smokey the Bear and the President of the United States are the only two individuals with their own zip codes.
The last execution by guillotine in France was in 1977.
The film Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory was funded entirely by the Quaker Oats Company in order to promote the launch of their new chocolate bar.
Liechtenstein added a crown to its flag after discovering during the 1936 Summer Olympics that its flag was identical to Haiti's.
The first American penny, designed by Benjamin Franklin, bore the motto "mind your business."
Falconers collect sperm for artificial insemination by wearing "copulation hats" and enticing falcons to mate with their head.
Source: Conservation and the Use of Wildlife Resources, Melvin Bolton
In 1808, two men caught in a love triangle engaged in a duel to the death by boarding two hot air balloons and then exchanging shotgun blasts in midair until one of the balloons was brought down.
Source: A Short History of Balloons and Flying Machines, Lord Montagu
In Denmark, the movie "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" is titled "The Boy Who Drowned in Chocolate Sauce."
Chinese bloggers refer to the Tiananmen Square protests as the thirty-fifth of May to avoid government censors who detect references to the fourth of June.
Source: China Airborne, James Fallows
The Miss Navajo Nation pageant includes a sheep butchering event.
A one-month-old orphan named Ernest was raffled off at the 1909 world's fair in Seattle.
The French term for cotton candy is "barbe à papa," or "father's beard"; the Afrikaans term is "spookasem," or "ghost breath."
After the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, the US Secret Service needed a way to protect FDR from possible assassins on short notice while he rode to address Congress. Federal law prohibited the purchase of an automobile costing more than $750, so they drove him to the Capitol in Al Capone's confiscated bulletproof limousine.
Joel Silver, the producer of movies such as Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, and The Matrix, also invented the sport of ultimate frisbee.
In 1958, a rhinoceros named Cacareco was elected to São Paulo's city council.
In Maryland, adultery is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $10.
Source: Md. CRIMINAL LAW Code Ann. § 10-501
During World War II, the Nazi propaganda apparatus produced the children's board game Hunt The Coal Thief to teach the importance of wartime energy conservation.
The grand champion goat from the 2011 Colorado State Fair was stripped of its title after failing a drug test.
In 1975, the Alaska Board of Geographic Names changed the official name of Mount McKinley to Denali, the traditional Alaska Native name for the peak. Since then, the congressional delegation from William McKinley's home state of Ohio has blocked the change at the federal level by regularly amending appropriations bills with a requirement that the mountain not be renamed.
The USDA allows the use of "wyngz" in the name of a wing-shaped poultry product that contains no wing meat, provided the packaging meets three additional labeling requirements. No other spelling variations are permitted.
In 1986, US warplanes bombed the volcanic island of Ferdinandea after mistaking it for a Libyan submarine.
Source: Maphead, Ken Jennings
In 1961, the New York Museum of Modern Art mistakenly hung a work by Henri Matisse upside-down for 47 days until a visiting stockbroker pointed out the error to a security guard.
California's minimum wage law contains an exemption for sheepherders, who are guaranteed a minimum monthly salary of $1,333.20.
In a 2009 study, 82% of adolescents who had taken a virginity pledge five years earlier denied having ever taken the pledge.
The US military had a plan (code name: "Operation Dirty Trick") to fabricate evidence of sabotage and blame Cuba if John Glenn's Mercury spaceflight crashed.