If you’re bored with the news of the day, you’ve come to the right place. Here are 25 of the strangest facts from around the world. #23 is the creepiest thing we’ve ever read.
#1. Jailbird Robert Shepard took hygiene to the extreme to break out of a West Virginia jail in 1994. Evidently feeling a little cooped up while awaiting trial for robbery, he patiently braided together minty waxed dental floss, wove himself a rope to get over an 18-foot prison wall, and made his escape.
#2. Keds claims that their canvas shoes are the first to earn the nickname “sneakers”. In 1917, an advertising agent noted that their flexible rubber soles let you sneak up on people — much harder if you were wearing the stiff click-clacking leather soles of the day – presumably to scare the bejeezus out of them. It was a crueler time.
#3. In Denmark, there is a tradition of treating certain friends like pastry: if a Danish person reaches their 25th birthday without marrying, you cover them with cinnamon. Sadly the tradition does not include any powdered sugar or apricot jam.
#4. As we sweat into the dog days of summer, you can thank Oakland kid Frank Epperson for helping you cool off with a popsicle. In 1905, the forgetful 11-year-old put soda mix, water, and a wooden stirrer in a glass and accidentally left it outside on a cold night. When he found it the next morning and slid a block of flavored ice out of the glass, sweet relief was born.
#5. In the hills of northeastern India, Ziona Chana presides over the world’s biggest family. It’s composed of his 39 wives, 94 children, 14 daughters-in-law, and 33 grandkids, who all live in his four-story lavender mansion.