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The Japanese had to build a fence around a volcano because people were throwing themselves in too much!

Mount Mihara is a famous landmark on the Japanese isle of Izushima and a staple of Japanese popular culture.

It’s the place where the government imprisoned Godzilla in “The Return of Godzilla”, and played a prominent role in the original version of the movie “Ring”.

For almost a decade, jumping into the boiling lava rivers of Mount Mihara became the hottest way to commit suicide… literally.

In 1933, 944 people jumped in the crater alone! The authorities have since fenced off the vantage point where the jumpers leaped to their fate.

This is said to have stopped the suicides, although there’s no way to be sure. It’s not as if there’s going to be a bodies to be found.


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Cartoon Network removed Speedy Gonzales from its lineup until Hispanic organizations demanded he returned!

Speedy Gonzalez is an animated mouse and Looney Tunes character. He is "the Fastest Mouse in all Mexico." As the description suggests, Speedy can run incredibly fast and speaks with a thick Mexican accent.

It was this last trait that got Speedy censored for a period of time. In 1999, Cartoon Network largely stopped showing Speedy Gonzalez in any of their programs. In 2002, a spokeswoman for the network explained Speedy's absence because he portrayed many ethnic stereotypes.

Despite his thick accent, when Speedy interacted with other characters, he spoke mostly in English. The small amount of Spanish he did use consisted of greetings, common phrases and misplaced references to Mexican food. As such, the network felt Speedy was a misrepresentation of Mexican culture.

However, fans, including the United Latin American Citizens, campaigned to get Speedy Gonzalez back on the air. Shorts featuring him were brought back to Cartoon Network in 2002, and he remains a popular character in Latin America.


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The term ‘Caucasian’ was invented by a German philosopher to describe races he thought were attractive!

Today, "Caucasian" usually means someone of mostly white skin tone. This was not always the case though.

Historically, "Caucasian" was used to describe the physical appearance, not necessarily just the skin tone, of people from Europe, North Africa, the Horn of Africa and Central, South and Western Asia.

"Caucasian Race" was first used by German philosopher Christopher Meiners in his book "The Outline of History of Mankind" in 1795. Meiners split humanity into two races - the Caucasians and Mongolians. His system of classification was anything but scientific though.

Meiners used the term "Caucasian" to refer to those races that he found attractive. For example, he found Germans and Tatars attractive so they were Caucasian. He found Jews and Native Americans less attractive so they were dubbed Mongolian.


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Scotland had an Ice Cream Truck street war that even led to the death of some drivers!

In many neighborhoods, the distant music of an ice-cream truck brings happy anticipation of frozen delights.

But in 1980s-era Scotland, the sound was sometimes a signal to other drivers to grab a weapon and lock and load, because stuff was about to get ugly.

The Glasgow Ice Cream Wars were conflicts in the East End of Glasgow in Scotland in the 1980s between rival ice cream van operators, over lucrative drug distribution territory.

The conflicts involved daily violence and intimidation, and led to the deaths by arson of several members of the family of one ice cream van driver and a consequent court case that lasted for 20 years.

That's because enemy gangs in Glasgow's East End had discovered that ice-cream trucks were not just great for selling "pokey hats" and "ice lollies" but more adult-themed treats, too, in flavors of cigarette, heroin and stolen goods.


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The UK deflates their homicide rate by only counting them if someone’s convicted!

The Home Office is a ministerial department of the Government of the United Kingdom, responsible for immigration, security, and law and order.

As such it is responsible for the police, UK Border Agency, and the Security Service.

It is also in charge of government policy on security-related issues such as drugs, counter-terrorism, and ID cards. It was formerly responsible for the Prison Service and Probation Service, but these have transferred to the Ministry of Justice.

Since 1967 the United Kingdom Home Office only counts a homicide if the murder ends with a conviction making it nearly impossible to compare homicides rates between the UK and other developed countries.

The UK surely knows how to manage things a little bit differently from other countries.