On 27 November 1942, the French navy scuttles its fleet of 70 ships and submarines at Toulon to keep them from the Germans.
According to a Marie Claire survey, one in four women have been found to discard their partner’s choice in lingerie after wearing it just once, due to it being the wrong size, impractical, or simply not sexy – this at the annual price of 100 million British pounds every year.
In 1672, the Dutch killed and ate their Grand Pensionary (the modern equivalent of Prime Minister) Johan de Witt.
The curious thing about the Montevideo Metro is that it does not exist. This is of course in itself not an odd thing; however, it is strange that the metro has an official website, an official map, street signs indicating stations, and even real underground passageways that would suggest the Uruguayan capital does indeed have an underground. The Montevideo metro however, is a surrealist project, born out of the Uruguayan frustration of feeling dwarfed next to its Argentine and Brazilian neighbours.
At the end of December 2011, Samoa jumped forward by one day, omitting 30 December from the local calendar, when the nation moved to the west of the International Date Line. This was designed to help the nation boost its economy by doing business with Australia and New Zealand. Before this change, Samoa was 21 hours behind Sydney, but the change means it is now three hours ahead. The previous timezone was agreed on 4 July 1892, to work in line with American traders based in California. This also means that Samoa will be one of very first nations to celebrate the new year.
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