In ancient Rome it was a sign of leadership to be born with a crooked nose.
Prostitutes in ancient Rome charged the equivalent of eight glasses of red wine for their services.
In ancient Rome you would be disqualified from a wrestling match by gouging out you opponent's eye. Thus the phrase: "It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye."
Portland's name was decided by a coin toss. The settlement's owners each wanted it to be named after his hometown. Portland, Maine beat out Boston, Massachusetts.
Portland, Oregon is the only U.S. city with a volcano within its city limits.
Portland is home to the world's smallest park, Mill End's Park, at just 24 inches across.
Cappadocia is a hotspot for UFO sightings. In the early '80s, hundreds were reported in less than one year's time.
Turkey's largest city, Istanbul, is the only city in the world that is split between two continents, Europe and Asia.
Although the novel Dracula takes place in Transylvania, its author, Bram Stoker, had never set foot there.
Half of Europe's bear population, a third of its wolves and a thirds of its lynx roam freely in Romania.
All seven Ringling brothers were Freemasons. These circus showmen were members of Baraboo Lodge No. 34 in Baraboo, Wisconsin.
George Washington was sworn in as the first U.S. President using a Bible that was borrowed from a nearby Masonic lodge.
Emperor Nero tried several times to kill his own mother. He made a leaky boat to drown her and a collapsing bead to crush her, but she survived. Finally, he sent an assassin to club her to death.
The culture of Pompeii included phallic worship. A number of erotic frescoes and votive objects were found among this ancient Roman city's ruins.
Hundreds of small taverns were uncovered in Pompeii. These outdoor stands near the public baths were reportedly the haunts of the town's most disreputable people.
The London Bridge, built about 160 years ago in London, was transplanted in 1968 to Lake Havasu, Arizona.
London's efforts to curb the Black Death of 1665 actually helped to spread the disease. Thousands of suspect cats and dogs were destroyed, leaving plague-ridden rats to run rampant, killing over one-fifth of London's population.
Inhaling fumes while traveling on London's Tube for 40 minutes is the equivalent of smoking two cigarettes.
As late as the 1840s, thousands of pigs roamed Wall Street to consume garbage – an early sanitation system.
On July 28, 1945 an Army Air Corps B-25 crashed into the Empire State Building at the 78th floor.
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