The War on Calico Cloth started in 17th Century France with penalties for possession ranging from imprisonment to years as a galley slave, and even death for smuggling vpostrel.com/articles/bef…
In the 1970s Winnebago offered a helicopter motorhome. The sale price was $300k or a weekly rental of $10k plus pilot and fuel. It came complete with sleeping for 6, full galley, bathroom, and color TV. Optional floats allowed landing on lakes. airspacemag.com/history-o…
Ron Schur became obsessed with the salad dressing at The Galley Restaurant. He kept asking what was in it and every time he was told it was a secret. Finally, an annoyed waitress asked him, "If you want to know so badly, why don’t you buy the fucking place?" In 1989, he did. thegalleyrestaurant.net/#…
The largest fire festival in Europe is celebrated in the Shetland Islands between Scotland and Norway. Upwards of 1,000 "guizers" dress up in fancy dress, lead by a squad of Vikings who march through the streets in a torchlight procession, culminating in the burning of a Viking galley. shetland.org/things/event…
A disgruntled Jet Blue employee once quit his job by broadcasting an angry rant over the intercom, activating the plane's emergency inflatable ramp, and sliding away with two beers he'd stolen from the galley. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jet…
The Shetland Islands celebrate the end of winter by dressing up as Vikings and burning a galley in a festival called Up Helly Aa. uphellyaa.org/about-up-he…
Lorem Ipsum, the simply dummy text used by the printing and typesetting industry, has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. lipsum.com/
In 1928, 19-year-old Clarence Terhune stowaway sneaked into the Graf Zeppelin traveling from New Jersey to Germany. After showing himself to the crew, the captain had him work in the galley to pay for his passage as the ticket was worth $2,000 ($28,000 in 2014) per person. zeppelinstowaway.com/Clar…
"Lorem Ipsum" has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged lipsum.com/
On the last Tuesday of every January, a group of latter-day Vikings - the Jarl Squad - hold the massive fire festival of "Up Helly Aa" on Shetland, culminating in the burning of a replica Viking galley. [Tonight's will be livestreamed - link in comments.] uphellyaa.org/about-up-he…
The Roman Empire typically avoided using slave rowers, instead preferring freemen, because they were more motivated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gal…
During the Siege of Constantinople, Mehmed II ordered the construction of a road of greased logs across Galata on the north side of the Golden Horn, and dragged his ships over the hill, bypassing the chain barrier protecting the city. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol…

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