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  1. A submarine ran out of fuel about 100 miles from hawaii while searching for a lost tug. Sub R14 had empty reserve tanks, no radio communications and a week's worth of food. Crew rigged up blankets and mattress covers as sails. It sailed back to Hawaii over 5 days.

  2. The worlds largest book was lost by the city of Cleveland. It was called The Golden Book of Cleveland; and it was as large as a mattress. It was misplaced in 1936.

  3. The most powerful commercial radio station ever was WLW (700KHz AM), which during certain times in the 1930s broadcasted 500kW radiated power. At night, it covered half the globe. Neighbors within the vicinity of the transmitter heard the audio in their pots, pans, and mattresses.

  4. Mattresses can have up to 900% markup (a $3000 mattress can cost as little as $300 to make)

  5. A radio station in Cincinatti was the first to broadcast at 500-kilowatts - a signal so powerful, some could hear the station from the metal in their mattresses and box springs.

  6. During the 2015 Paris attacks the German National Soccer Team couldn't go back to their hotel and as a result had to sleep on mattresses and as a sign of solidarity the French National Team slept with them in the stadium.

  7. The Bethke brothers. Each escaped from Soviet East Berlin. Ingo floated on a mattress across a river. Holger used a bow to fire a cable across the gap, then zip-lined to safety. Then Ingo and Holger built an aircraft and flew back over the wall to rescue their third brother, Egbert.

  8. The most powerful commercial radio station ever was WLW (700KHz AM), which during certain times in the 1930s broadcasted 500kW radiated power. At night, it covered half the globe. Neighbors within the vicinity of the transmitter heard the audio in their pots, pans, and mattresses.

  9. In 1975 Ingo Bethke escaped from East Germany by floating on an air mattress across the Elbe. 8 years later his brother Holger fled East Berlin by firing an arrow with a rope tied to it and zip lining accross. The two then flew their brother Egbert over the wall on a homemade ultralight in 1989.

  10. The marble masterpiece "Sleeping Hermaphroditus” was unearthed ~1608 after being buried for centuries. In 1620, 22-yr-old phenom Gian Lorenzo Bernini carved the marble mattress on which s/he lies today that’s so strikingly realistic visitors are compelled to give it a testing prod.

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There are now more mattress stores in the US than Starbucks

In 2009, an Israeli woman accidentally threw away her mom's mattress with $1 million dollars stashed inside

The 3 Bethke brothers, who escaped East Berlin one by one. The first, Ingo, used an air mattress to float to the West. The second, Holger, used a zip line to go over the Berlin Wall to freedom. Then, to rescue their third brother, Egbert, they flew ultralight planes and retrieved him.

Sleep Country Canada and Sleep Country USA are unaffiliated but they share the slogan “Why buy a mattress anywhere else?”

The scientists conducting the Trinity nuclear test were worried that the bomb might fall from its tower before the test and break on the ground below. They cushioned its potential fall with a "truckload of mattresses" at the tower's base.

The California King is not the largest size mattress-- that honor goes to the Alaskan King, which is a whopping 108" x 108" (that's 9 feet x 9 feet)!

In the event of a quarantine situation in New York City, The U.S. Government has a contingency plan of placing snipers in strategic locations to prevent people from escaping the Island of Manhatten on inflatable mattresses.

Hans Christian Andersen, Danish writer, wrote a famous novel "The Princess and the Pea", describing a girl that can sense pea even through several layers of mattresses.

At the height of their popularity, in 1987, 22 percent of all mattress sales in the U.S. were waterbed mattresses.

When "The Gadget" (the first nuclear weapon to be detonated; equivalent to 22 kilotons of TNT) was being hoisted to the top of the 100-ft tall test tower, "a truckload of mattresses was placed underneath in case the cable broke and the Gadget fell."

Kapok fibers are used for stuffing of mattresses, pillows, toys and life jackets. They are too short and fragile for weaving (cannot be used in textile industry).

There are two sizes of mattress bigger than the king: the Wyoming King and the Alaskan King

There is a handmade $140,000 (USD) Dollar bed, the "Vividus", made by Swedish mattress manufacturer Hastens. It requires 320 hours of work by four certified craftsmen. The frame is Northern Swedish redwood and the mattress consists of layers of horsehair, cotton, and wool.

Bedtime salutation “Good night, sleep tight ”references to the “rope beds” from the 19th century “The beds at the time did not have box springs, but instead had ropes tied tightly underneath the mattress to keep it firm and tight, hence the phrase‘Sleep tight'.« The Word Detective

The prisoners in concentration camps were forced to do hard labor with very little food, no mattresses or pillows and often three to a wood bunk.

The three Bethke brothers all escaped from East Berlin several years apart. One floated an inflatable mattress across a river, one fired a cable over the Berlin Wall to the rooftop of a building, and then the two brothers flew over the wall and back in an ultralight to pick up the third brother.

There is a bar in Detroit that has a weekly dwarf tossing contest. Clad in a helmet, a dwarf gets tossed onto air mattresses. While the act has been banned in Florida and New York, it is still legal in Michigan.

In Victorian England, a hospital’s “Chief Bug-Catcher”- whose job it was to rid the mattresses of lice-was paid more than its surgeons.

There's a mattress company that gives one mattress to a homeless shelter for every ten they sell

Eelgrass can be used for stuffing of mattresses and cushions, as a building material for roofs and as source of biomass that is used for the production of energy.

About the "Baby Jumping" . During the act, known as El Salto del Colacho (the devil's jump) or simply El Colacho, men dressed as the Devil (known as the Colacho) in red and yellow suits jump over babies born during the previous twelve months of the year who lie on mattresses in the street.

When shopping for bedding, don't only go by the size descriptor (Twin, Full, Queen, etc). Carry a tape measure and shop by inches or centimeters. Ikea bedding uses European sizing: an Ikea Full mattress is 53" wide; North American mattress standard full is 54" wide.

Waterbeds date all the way back to 3600 BCE, when Persians filled goat-skin mattresses with water warmed by the sun

The world's oldest known mattress is 77,000 years old and was made out of leaves and grass.

55,000 mattresses exist. "Their slogan, which I have to admit is pretty cool, is. 'Spend a third of your life in First Class.'"