• A Philadelphia restaurant was ordered to pay Amber Carson of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, $113,500 after she slipped on a soft drink and broke her coccyx (tailbone). The beverage was on the floor because Ms. Carson had thrown it at her boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during an argument.
  • The state of Mississippi did not ratify the 13th Amendment and abolish slavery until 1995.
  • China sells capsules made out of aborted human fetuses. Each of the bags contains a single aborted foetus. The infants' remains is cut up into small pieces, dried, microwaved and then ground down into a coarse powder, to be made into tablets of an "alternative medicine" that plays on centuries-old superstitions and folklore.
  • 315 entries in Webster's 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.
  • British poet and critic Edith Sitwell would lie down in an open coffin for several minutes to focus her mind. Nothing wrong with clearing your head, but the fact that she had a coffin lying around to do it from is a little... eccentric.
  • A man who shoveled snow for an hour to clear a space for his car during a blizzard in Chicago returned with his vehicle to find a woman had taken the space. Understandably, he shot her dead.
  • The Romans used urine to whiten their teeth.
  • Macaque monkeys in Japan have learned to steal purses, wallets, take the coins and use them to buy snacks from vending machines.
  • Rich people in China often hire body doubles to serve their prison sentences.
  • William Seabrook, a New York Times reporter yearned for an adventure and quickly began traveling around the world and publishing tales of his experiences. He had an obsession with occultism and Haitian Vodou, and is actually credited with popularizing the concept of the zombie to popular culture!
    While in West Africa Seabrook stayed with the Guere tribe and inquired what human meat tasted like. The chief could not describe it well enough, so Seabrook decided he'd get some from the local hospital. Normal right? He ate several different pieces, and his consensus was that it tastes strikingly like veal and is, "not too tough or stringy to be agreeably edible".