Japanese Sokushinbutsu sect members mummify themselves while still alive. The producer of Mummy brown pigment stopped production in 1930s when he ran out of raw materials, i.e. Egyptian mummies.
Only few rivers in the world flow north. During the War of 1812, soldiers misinterpreted the “U.S.” from “U.S. Beef” abbreviation on their rations, thus coining the phrase “Uncle Sam”. Some fishes accelerate as fast as a Porsche. Apple’s logo could have been dedicated to the memory of Alan Turing, who committed suicide by eating a cyanide-poisoned apple. Nodding your head expresses “yes” in the vast majority of cultures. Be careful though – it means “no” in Bulgaria and Macedonia. NATO member Iceland has no army. All NATO AWACS airplanes in Europe are registered in Luxembourg. To assert its neutrality, Luxembourg decided to demolish itself its own fortress walls in 1867. San Marino and Sweden were foes during the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648). They signed a formal peace treaty only in 2004. San Marino, founded in 301, is thought to be the oldest constitutional republic. Its borders haven’t changed for last 8 centuries. One of the language choices, when using ATMs in Vatican, is Latin. DNA analyses support the theory that more than 2,000 years ago, a legion of the Roman Army lost series of battles and ended up settling in China. Mickey Mouse’s white gloves were initially meant to make his hands visible in early black and white movies. In a single battle in nowadays Germany, Roman Empire lost 3 legions (around 20% of its soldiers). Serbia, Macedonia, and San Marino are all landlocked countries but participate in the Mediterranean Games. Israel doesn’t. Historically, in many North American cities 1 May used to be the “moving day” and the only date when one could change a dwelling. As of today, Phantom of the Opera is the longest running Broadway show, with over 10,000 performances. A single tuna fish was sold in Japan for USD 1.7 million. Widely used green wall paint, containing arsenic, was to blame for poisoning thousands of people in 18th and 19th century, including allegedly Napoleon Bonapart. Laser nano-treatment of metals can make them truly hydrophobic. You could become a millionaire by just using your math skills to prove Beal’s conjecture. Van Gogh’s insanity could have been provoked by yellow lead-containing pigments (proven to be extremely toxic) which he prepared himself and used so much in his paintings.