Queen Elizabeth is known for her stoic composure, even in the most difficult of times. Her iron like disposition during the death of Diana made headlines across the globe, and so it is all the more astonishing that she should have lost her temper with her husband in front of cameras!
Granted it was in her younger and more feisty days, if she ever had any. It was 1954 and the royal couple was taking a tour of Australia shortly after her coronation.
A film crew was waiting impatiently for the Queen and her husband, Prince Philip, to come out of their room to film a scene with kangaroos.
When the door flew open, the cameraman instinctively turned on his camera and caught the prince storming out of the room, a pair of shoes flying after him, and then a racquet!
The queen then ordered him back in the room. They appeared several moments later in their usual regal composure, followed by a swarm of press controllers demanding the tape be destroyed.
Unlike today, where the bigger the fight the bigger the reward, back then there remained a sense of respect and so the crew obliged!
While condoms used to be made out of lamb intestines, thankfully this is not the reason. The four most common materials for condoms are latex, polyurethane, lambskin, and non-latex natural rubber.
Interestingly, one of the main components for the manufacture of condoms is casein, which is a milk protein. Some condoms even contain milk powder!
For vegans this is a strict no-no. Then again who would think putting on a condom violates veganism because there’s some milk on your junk?
Interestingly, many vegans have taken note of this and even recommend Glyde Condoms and Sir Richard’s Condoms because they are completely free of animal parts!
If you’ve ever paid attention to your chicken nuggets from McDonald’s they all seem to come in roughly the same shape.
In fact there are four different shapes they have. The reason for this is because they are formed, not ground. The shapes are pressed out and made to look like that.
The reason they are made like this is to reportedly keep consistency for consumers, help safety, ensure standardized cooking times, and portion control! Their names are “boot,” “ball,” “bow-tie,” and “bell.” Check it out next time you order!
After a man's family died in a plane crash, he killed the traffic tower operator in front of the operator's family!
One of the most famous plane crashes in recent memory, it is now called the Überlingen mid-air collision. It occurred on July 1st, 2002 over Germany.
The details are controversial at best, yet we do know that one plane struck another at almost an exact right angle. All 60 passengers were killed on one plane and two from the other. It was decided that the air traffic control were mostly to blame. This is when our story takes off.
Peter Nielsen was the air traffic controller on duty. While it was by no means entirely his fault, he felt deeply for the pains he had caused and was taking time off of work. Vitaly Kaloyev was another man who’s family had been aboard the plane that had exploded.
He was so angry that he decided he would exact his own form of revenge. He stalked Nielsen to his home and while there stabbed him to death in front of Neilsen’s family.
The real twist? Kaloyev was declared only partially sane and served less than three years for his brutal crime. In fact the public hailed him as a hero and shrines were made for the man.
Much like Pokémon cards today, the tradition of battling monster cards is a tradition in Japan that dates back hundreds of years!
Obake karuta is a Japanese card game that dates back to the Edo period and remained popular until the 1920’s. To put that into perspective, the Edo period began in 1603!
Each playing card has a different character from the hiragana syllabary and a creature from Japanese mythology. Obake karuta means “ghost cards,” or “monster cards.”
The point of the game is similar to Pokémon cards today, except one must know Japanese mythology pretty well. Players attempt to collect cards that match the clues given to beat the other person while a referee judges who wins!