1. Unit 731
Suggested by Lurker8.
Unit 731 was a unit of the Japanese Imperial Army that carried out brutal (and, in many cases, lethal) experimentation on human beings during World War II under the guise of chemical and biological research. For the majority of the time it was active, the unit acted under the command of General Shiro Ishii, and was responsible for the deaths of up to 250,000 people. The worst part? Instead of being put on trial for human experimentation, the people involved with the unit were granted immunity by the US government in exchange for the data they had gathered.
Suggested by onemellocello.
In 2005 Natalee Holloway, an 18-year-old from Mountain Brook, Alabama, disappeared during her high school graduation trip to Aruba. She was last seen in a car with three men – Joran van der Sloot, Deepak Kalpoe, and Satish Kalpoe. While each of the men has been arrested several times in connection with Natalee’s disappearance, they were always released due to lack of evidence. Exactly five years to the day after Natalee’s disappearance, 21-year-old Stephany Tatiana Flores Ramírez went missing in Peru. Her dead body was discovered three days later in a hotel room registered to Joran van der Sloot. While Van der Sloot pleaded guilty to Ramírez’s murder, Natalee Holloway’s disappearance remains unsolved.
You may be wondering how Wikipedia has managed to compile, among its thousands of other lists, a list of stuff that is going to happen in the future. How can they possibly know that? The short answer: science.
This list is long and puts our tiny little lives into perspective. For example, did you know that in around 50 million years, human beings could feasibly have colonised the entire galaxy? But also there’s apparently a 95% chance that humans will be extinct in 10,000 years. Mind = blown.
4. Last Meal
Suggested by MaxineBlythe.
A list of all the last meals requested by famous criminals before their executions probably shouldn’t be interesting, but it seriously is. The guy in the photo, Peter Kürten – otherwise known as the Vampire of Düsseldorf – requested weiner schnitzel, fried potatoes, and a bottle of white wine. He also requested, and received, seconds. Infamous serial killer John Wayne Gacy requested a dozen deep-fried shrimp, a bucket of KFC original recipe chicken, french fries, and a pound of strawberries. (Just make sure you have food around while you’re reading this, because you’ll end up starving.)
While this article itself is super interesting, the best part is you can click through and read more about the criminals themselves. If you’re into that.
This list is basically what it says on the tin: a bunch of facts that you think you know but aren’t really facts at all. For example, I was upset to learn that Thomas Crapper (the guy in the above photo) didn’t actually invent the flushing toilet. He just made them more popular. Also, less surprisingly, Einstein didn’t really fail maths, and when he heard this claim he said “before I was 15 I had mastered differential and integral calculus.” No need to brag, Albert.
This article is really long, can keep you occupied for hours, and is a great resource for when you want to get all “well, actually…” at parties.