Author Victor Hugo was so popular with the local sex workers, when he died, every brothel in Paris closed down for a day of mourning.

25/08/2022 From : The Guardian Party Tricks And Naked Writing The Eccentric Life Of Victor Hugo Books blog Victor Hugo By Marianna Hunt Sunday 30 December 2018 18.00 AEDT Victor Hugo is rightly remembered for his amazing literary output, and for his philanthropic work as a member of France’s National Assembly, campaigning for an endContinue reading “Author Victor Hugo was so popular with the local sex workers, when he died, every brothel in Paris closed down for a day of mourning.”

Japan has 23 vending machines per person.

12/08/2022 One thing is for sure when you visit Japan; there are vending machines in almost every street you walk. From dispensing simple supplies like basic groceries to weird options like underwear and puppies, there are so many options. There are even vending machines for prayer cards, gifts, and surgical masks. According to a survey by theContinue reading “Japan has 23 vending machines per person.”

It’s illegal for supermarkets in France to waste food.

Post First Published: 10/08/2022 7:03 PM Post First Updated: 9/09/2022 11:22 AM France has become the first country in the world to ban supermarkets from throwing away or destroying unsold food, forcing them instead to donate it to charities and food banks. According to a law that the French senate unanimously approved in 2016, large stores won’t throw out high-quality food that is getting close to its best-before date as of this Wednesday.  Charities will be able to provide millions more low-income individuals with free meals each year. The law is the result of a grassroots effort in France by consumers, anti-poverty activists, and food waste opponents.  Councilman Arash Derambarsh launched the initiative that resulted in a petition.  The issue was addressed by a measure that Guillaume Garot, a former minister of the food industry, sponsored and which was approved by the national assembly in December. Now, activists are trying to get the EU to enact uniform legislation for all of its members. Food banks have praised the bill, and they will immediately start looking for more volunteers, lorries, storage space, and refrigerators to accommodate an increase in donations from stores and food producers. Additionally, supermarkets won’t be allowed to purposefully degrade food to prevent foragers from consuming it.  Families, students, the unemployed, and the homeless have all been using supermarket trash cans as a source of food in France in recent years.  Edible goods have been discovered to be thrown out when their best-before dates drew near. READ: 19 Things AboutContinue reading “It’s illegal for supermarkets in France to waste food.”

Beer was not considered an alcoholic beverage in Russia until 2013.

Post First Published: 10/08/2022 Many Russians consider beer a soft drink – a light refresher that can be guzzled on the way to work or sucked down in great quantities before a picnic and a swim in the river. Hard drinkers sniff at its weakness, as the saying goes: “Beer without vodka is like throwingContinue reading “Beer was not considered an alcoholic beverage in Russia until 2013.”

The average car in Britain is parked for 96% of the time.

7/08/2022 Figures analysed by the RAC Foundation show around 80 per cent of Britain’s 26 million homes were built with a front plot. Of these around seven million gardens are now concreted over to park cars rather than grow flowers-that’s an area equivalent to 100 Hype Parks or 72 Olympic Parks. Car parked for 96%Continue reading “The average car in Britain is parked for 96% of the time.”

Britain accidentally invaded Spain in 2002.

7/08/2022 Red-faced Royal Marines have been forced to beat a hasty retreat after storming a Spanish beach resort instead of the fortress rock of Gibraltar. A map-reading glitch sent the 20-strong invasion force onto the beach at La Linea, the town on the frontier with the British colony, to the surprise of Spanish locals. TheContinue reading Britain accidentally invaded Spain in 2002.”

Canada And Denmark Have Been Fighting Over An Uninhabited Rock By Leaving Each Other Bottles Of Alcohol And Changing Their Flags Since The 1930s.

Post First Published: June 14 2022 9:12 PM Post First Updated November 27 2022 12:52 PM Jeremy Bender  Jan 11, 2016, 2:30 AM Canada and Denmark have been fighting over an uninhabited island by leaving each other bottles of alcohol and changing their flags since the 1930s. Far in the Arctic North lies the barren and desolate Hans Island.  TheContinue reading “Canada And Denmark Have Been Fighting Over An Uninhabited Rock By Leaving Each Other Bottles Of Alcohol And Changing Their Flags Since The 1930s.”

Queen Elizabeth II Was A Trained Mechanic.

Post First Published: May 16 2022 1:24 AM Post First Updated: September 10 2022 2:01 PM World War II began when the Queen was just teenager. Back then, her mother, also named Elizabeth, was known as the Queen consort and the Queen was Princess Elizabeth. Though many urged the Queen consort to evacuate her children, ElizabethContinue reading “Queen Elizabeth II Was A Trained Mechanic.”

The Ancient Romans used to drop a piece of toast into their wine for good health 

First Published 13th May 2022 10:13 PM Updated 12/08/2022 5:50 PM The Ancient Romans used to drop a piece of toast into their wine for good health – hence why we ‘raise a toast’. Read The Original National Geographic Article: Cheers: Celebration Drinking Is an Ancient Tradition https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/article/drinking-alcohol-culture A Toast to Toasting Sometimes toasting was a duty—in theContinue reading “The Ancient Romans used to drop a piece of toast into their wine for good health “

In 2007, A Bosnian couple divorced after discovering both had an online affair with each other under fake names.

In 2007, A Bosnian couple divorced after discovering both had an online affair with each other under fake names. http://web.archive.org/web/20210414042655/http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/229826 Sana Klaric, 27 and Adnan, 32 from Zenica, Bosnia, had marital troubles, so they were secretly chatting and having an affair online. In an online chat forum, both husband and wife found each other unknowingly under assumed fake names (Sweetie andContinue reading “In 2007, A Bosnian couple divorced after discovering both had an online affair with each other under fake names.”