More information about W. Reginald Bray, the eccentric English prankster, can be found on his wonderful website.
On 13 June 1920, sending children by Parcel Post was officially forbidden in the USA. An excellent article about whether or not any children were sent can be found here.
In 2001, the German postal service began training courses to teach dog psychology to postmen. 3,000 postmen are bitten by dogs every year in Germany, resulting in 2,255 pairs of ripped trousers.
The leftover caffeine from decaf coffee is sold to soft drinks manufacturers.
Kiviaq is a traditional Inuit wintertime food that is made of auks preserved in the hollowed-out body of a seal.
It is impossible to beat some chickens at noughts and crosses. They are trained in the game's Nash equilibrium.
*spoiler alert* An oragutan was the villain in the first ever detective story, The Murders in the Rue Morgue.
A Dutch zoo has set up an online dating service for orangutans to minimise the hassle in finding international mates. Read more about it here.
The OED's mystery book... Have you seen it?
- There is a sign in a Norwegian cocktail bar that says 'Ladies are requested not to have children in the bar.'
- On its sick bags, a Spanish airline printed 'Bags to be use in case of sickness or to gather remains.'
- A car rental firm in Tokyo gave customers this excellent advice: 'When passenger of foot heave in sight, tootle the horn. Trumpet him melodiously at first, but if he still obstacles your passage then tootle him with vigor.'
- From 1963 to 1967, Pepsi's slogan was 'Come Alive With The Pepsi Generation!' When it was translated into Chinese, however, it read as 'Pepsi Brings Your Anecestors Back From The Dead.'
- A tailor on the Greek island of Rhodes warned customers to 'Order your summers suit. Because is big rush we will execute customers in strict rotation.'
More can be found here.
The average time an iPad will remain intact in the posession of an orangutan is 15 seconds.The average time an iPad will remain intact in the posession of an orangutan is 15 seconds.