Ridiculously Interesting Stories

A submarine ran out of fuel about 100 miles from Hawaii while searching for a lost tug. Sub R14 had empty reserve tanks, no radio communications and a week’s worth of food. Crew rigged up blankets and mattress covers as sails. It sailed back to Hawaii over 5 days. READ MORE
After Beethoven went deaf, he found he could affix a metal rod to his piano and bite down on it while he played, enabling him to hear perfectly through vibrations in his jawbone. The process is called bone conduction. READ MORE
In South Korea, only visually impaired people can be licensed masseurs, dating back over 100 years to a Japanese colonial rule set up to guarantee the blind a livelihood with many benefits that allow them to live a meaningful life. READ MORE
MRI of dog’s brains show that they see owners as family and prioritize the smell of humans over everything. This might explain why dogs are so loyal to humans. READ MORE
Sears once offered mail order houses. You would select your model then Sears would ship it to you by Railroad and you would assemble it yourself based on the instructions. READ MORE
The second officer of the Titanic stayed onboard until the end and was trapped underwater until a boiler explosion set him free. Later, he volunteered in WW2 and helped evacuate over 127 men from Dunkirk. READ MORE
Seagulls can drink salt water, as well as fresh water, salt can be excreted through the nostrils to assist the kidneys in maintaining electrolyte balance. READ MORE
There is an official world record for time traveling. It’s held by cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev, who has spent 803 days total in orbit around Earth, he has actually time-traveled into his own future by 0.02 seconds. READ MORE
Cheetos were invented when an animal feed manufacturer in Wisconsin changed up their machine cleaning technique. This was definitely one delicious accidental mistake READ MORE
A small lake in Africa killed 1,700 villagers and 3,500 livestock overnight when it suddenly released 300,000 tons of carbon dioxide, suffocating everything within 16 miles. Scientists still don’t know what triggered the event. READ MORE
Coca-Cola never patented their “secret formula” because otherwise they would be required to disclose it to the public. READ MORE
The incredible survival story of Betty Lou Oliver, a woman who survived 2 accidents on the same day. READ MORE
Water is used in rice fields to prevent weeds. Rice doesn’t actually need that much water, but since it can thrive in such conditions, whereas weeds cannot, it’s a natural protection against them. READ MORE
When roosters open their beaks fully, their external auditory canals completely closed off. Basically, roosters have built in earplugs. This helps prevent them from damaging their hearing when they crow. READ MORE
The moon is 1/400th the size of the sun but also 1/400th the distance from Earth which results in the moon and the sun being the same size in the sky, a coincidence not shared by any other known planet-moon combination. READ MORE
In the 1930s a flute player released his pet lyrebird into the wild, which was able to mimic certain phrases of the man’s music. The bird has shared the music with other lyrebirds and the same melodies are still sung by these birds today. READ MORE
Canada holds 25 percent of the world’s freshwater, is surrounded by 3 oceans, and contains over 2 million lakes. READ MORE
Hawaiian pizza was invented in Canada by a Greek immigrant, who was inspired by Chinese food to put a South American ingredient on an Italian dish, that went on to be most popular in Australia. READ MORE
The owner of Macy’s died on the Titanic. He refused to get in a lifeboat before women and children, and his wife refused to leave without him. She said, “I will not be separated from my husband. As we have lived, so will we die, together.” They were last seen standing on the deck, arm in arm. READ MORE
The snow in ‘The Wizard of Oz’ was asbestos. The Wicked Witch’s broom was made of asbestos, as was the Scarecrow’s entire outfit despite the fact that asbestos’ health risks were already known at the time in 1939. READ MORE