1. According to Bill Murray, the 2004 Hong Kong Comedy movie Kung Fu Hustle is “the supreme achievement of the modern age in terms of comedy”. – Source

2. Alcatraz was once the only federal penitentiary in the U.S. that provided hot showers to its inmates. Prison staff argued that inmates, who were used to warm and comfortable water would not be able to withstand the freezing San Francisco Bay in case of an escape attempt. – Source

3. Over 80% of the world’s eyewear manufacturer and retailer brands are owned and operated by Luxottica Group. This is the main reason why glasses are so expensive due to monopoly. – Source

4. Andre-Francois Raffray, a lawyer in France sought out a 90-year-old lady, who agreed to give him her apartment if he paid her $500 each month for the rest of her life. She went on to become the oldest living person ever, living for another 30 years and even outliving the lawyer who by then had paid her $180,000, which was twice the value of the apartment – Source

5. There are languages without the terms “Left, Right, Front, and Behind.” These cultures use “North, South, East, and West” their whole lives, no matter if they are in their home or in the woods. The result is a compass brain. They always know how they are oriented. – Source

6. NASA employs a guy named George Aldrich, who smells everything before it goes into space with astronauts to protect them from toxic and obnoxious odors. – Source

7. We say “pardon my French” after swearing because in the 19th century, English-speaking people would drop French phrases into conversation to display class, apologizing because many of their listeners wouldn’t know the language. Then people hid swear words under the pretense of them being French. – Source

8. The “IKEA bias” makes you place a disproportionately high value on stuff you partially assemble yourself, regardless of the quality of the end result. – Source

9. The leader of Myanmar (formerly Burma) was advised by a wizard that his country was leaning too far to the left, politically. To remedy this, he forced the population to drive on the right side of the road, causing mass confusion. – Source

10. A clothes shop in Beijing banned Chinese customers. This is perfectly legal in China as there is no legal ban on racial discrimination. One employee’s explanation for the ban was that some Chinese customers are too annoying and that the Chinese women often try lots of clothing but end up buying nothing. – Source