Smoking scorpions to get high is a growing problem in south Asia. The high can last from 10 hours to 3 days. The high is said to be so powerful that it outstrips heroin. But the person spends the first six hours in pain while their body adjusts to the toxins, which can possibly lead to death (article)
For a cost of 70 to 200 rupees, or $1 to $3 in U.S. currency, a dealer will place a scorpion in a person’s hand and bat it with a stick until it imparts venom with its tail. Others opt to smoke the scorpion, which involves burning it alive over coals while inhaling the venomous smoke. Still others will dry a dead scorpion in sunlight, mix its remains with hashish and tobacco, and either roll it like a cigarette or place it in a small pipe.
Ants have designated paramedics that are assigned to rescue their wounded soldiers, carry them back to their nest and help them heal by gently holding the hurt limb in place with their mandibles and front legs while intensely “licking” the wound for up to 4 minutes (article)
Bonus fact: if an ant knows it is mortally wounded, it will flail wildly to signal to other ants that it is not worth saving and spending time and resources on it would be a waste
The Australian town of Cooper Pedy. 80% of the residents live underground to avoid the incredible heat above ground
From 1994 until 2017m Mariah Carey “All I want for Christmas” was reported to have earned $60M in royalties. That’s roughly $2.6M/year
Enya has never undertaken a concert tour, yet she is Ireland’s bestselling solo artist and second-bestselling artist behind U2, selling an estimated 75 million records worldwide
Pokémon is the highest grossing media franchise of all time with $95 billion, beating out other franchises such as Star Wars, Marvel and Mickey Mouse (source)
2nd. Hello Kitty, 3rd. Winnie The Pooh
As of 2015, Japan’s pachinko market generates more gambling revenue than that of Las Vegas, Macau and Singapore combined.
Trader Joe’s hides a stuffed animal in a majority of their stores and if your child finds it they get a prize (article)
Rabies victims develop an aversion to water because the virus reproduces in the salivary glands; drinking water would reduce the risk of spreading to new hosts.
So many American Indians joined the military during WW2 that had all Americans joined at the same proportion, conscription would not have been necessary. The Blackfeet tribe mocked the idea of a draft: “Since when has it been necessary for Blackfeet to draw lots to fight?”
The Iroquois Confederacy, having declared war on Germany in 1917, had never made peace and so automatically became party to World War II. The Navajo and other tribes were so eager to go to war that they stood for hours in bad weather to sign their draft cards, while others carried their own rifles so they would be ready for battle when they joined up. Unwilling to wait for their draft numbers, one-fourth of the Mescalero Apaches in New Mexico enlisted. Nearly all the able-bodied Chippewas at the Grand Portage Reservation enlisted. In a story that has been attributed to many other tribes as well, Blackfeet Indians mocked the need for a conscription bill. “Since when,” their members cried, “has it been necessary for Blackfeet to draw lots to fight?”
The annual enlistment for Native Americans jumped from 7,500 in the summer of 1942 to 22,000 at the beginning of 1945. According to the Selective Service in 1942, at least 99 percent of all eligible Indians, healthy males aged 21 to 44, had registered for the draft. War Department officials maintained that if the entire population had enlisted in the same proportion as Indians, the response would have rendered Selective Service unnecessary. … The Iroquois took it as an insult to be called up under compulsion. They passed their own draft act and sent their young braves into National Guard units.
A king penguin named Lala who was injured and nursed back to health in Japan, didn’t leave so the family adopted him and lived in a air-conditioned room. He walked around the neighborhood and got himself fishes from the store. He lived with the family for 10 years before dying of old age in 1996.
In 2012, the Walmart with the most Facebook likes would get a visit from Pitbull. Internet pranksters quickly made the most remote Walmart in the US (located in Kodiak, Alaska) the most liked Walmart page. Pitbull kept his promise and performed there
A Brazilian footballer staged his whole career for 24 years – he could barely kick a ball. One time he was forced to play as the team had no strikers. He was worried he would get exposed, so before the game he started a fight with a fan and as a result got sent off before the game even started
He returned to Brazil and started a career as a farce footballer since he “wanted to be a footballer, but did not want to play football”, becoming friends of many footballers so that he could have a big network to be recommended whenever he needed a new club. With a physical shape similar to professional footballers, but lacking skills, his fraud consisted of signing a short contract and stating that he was lacking match fitness so that he would spend the first weeks only with physical training where he could shine. At the time he went to train with other players, he would feign a hamstring injury and, by the lack of technology at the time, it was difficult to discover that it was a fake injury. He had a dentist to claim that he had focal infection whenever any club wanted to go further in the case. By doing these steps, he went on to stay a few months at the clubs just training and without ever exposing that he was a fraud footballer.
Casu marzu, a Sardinian cheese, contains live maggots which can jump up to six inches. Squeamish consumers sometimes put the cheese in a sealed bag. Starved for oxygen, the maggots jump around creating “pitter-patter” sounds; once the sounds stop, the maggots are dead and the cheese is eaten.