The world’s oldest surviving piano is that the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The instrument dates back to 1720, and was made by an Italian man named Bartolomeo Cristofori.
On September 13, 1777, Frederick the Great issues a proclamation urging citizens to drink beer instead of coffee.
The New York Public library refused to stock the children’s book Goodnight Moon because the librarian, Anne Carroll Moore didn’t like it.
In 1897, the Indiana General Assembly tried legally set the value of Pi to 3.2.
The first footprints on the moon will remain there for a million years.
The FBI was asked to investigate the lyrics of the Kingsmen song “Louie, Louie” to see if violated any obscenity laws. They spent three months in 1964 only to determine the lyrics were indecipherable.
Cartoonist Mort Walker, creator of Beetle Bailey, came up with names for the things we often see in comics and cartoons: “briffit” is the dust cloud a character makes when he runs away quickly; “plewds” are the beads of sweat when a character is under duress; and “grawlix” are symbols such as “#@*%” that stand in for curse words.
Fried chicken originated in Scotland.
The Earth was once covered with giant mushrooms.
There was a type of Pterodactyl with a wingspan the size of a modern day fighter jet.