Cool Facts

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In 2001, the island country of Niue featured Pikachu and other Pokemon on their currency.
There's a wife-carrying championship that takes place in Finland every year where the winner receives his wife's weight in beer.
Robin Williams was reportedly an avid gamer who played games such as Call of Duty, Zelda, Portal, and Battlestations Pacific. His daughter Zelda was named after the video game.
After being in captivity for 23 years, the orca from Free Willy, Keiko, was set free in 2002. Weeks later, he appeared at a Norwegian fjord apparently seeking human contact and even gave rides to children on his back.
Ricardo Semler, a CEO in his twenties, took over a company worth $9m, fired most of the management, and gave the power to the employees. It now has a turnover of over $200m.
In 2011, two men paraglided from the summit of Mt. Everest, arriving at a village in 42 minutes and avoiding the dangerous conventional 3 day descent.
In 1959, the USPS attempted to deliver mail via cruise missile and successfully shipped 3,000 pieces of mail from Virginia to Florida in 22 minutes.
If an employee of Google dies, their spouse will receive half their pay for 10 years as well as stock benefits, and any children will receive $1000 a month until they turn 19.
Students at MIT developed a wristband that can regulate your “thermal comfort”, which could possibly eliminate the need for central heating and cooling.
The LifeStraw is a powerful, but simple and compact water filtration system which may be the solution to the world's water emergency.
In Czech Republic, women are entitled to up to 4 years of paid maternity leave, increasing to 7 years if the child is disabled.
In 1999, Harvard physicist Lene Hau was able to slow down light to 17 meters per second and in 2001, was able to stop light completely.
An artist in Iowa named Patrick Acton built a complete model of Hogwarts out of matchsticks.
Saturn's moon, Mimas, not only looks like the Death Star, it also has a Pac Man heat signature.
A WW2 observation pilot, bored of not being in combat, decided to strap 6 bazookas to his plane. He destroyed several enemy tanks and vehicles. His name was Lt. Col. Charles Carpenter, aka Bazooka Charlie / The Mad Major.
There are glasses which allow a red-green color-blind person to see colors the way everyone else does.