The Queen of England’s portrait has been on enough international banknotes to make a progressive timeline of her aging.
A man was supposed to be on both doomed Malaysian Air flights. Dutch cyclist Maarten de Jonge had a ticket for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370, but changed his ticket at the last second. The plane still hasn’t been found. He was also scheduled to fly on Flight MH 17, but ended up changing his ticket for another flight.
An asthmatic boy died in a severe asthma attack because the school forbid asthma inhalers; while the boy was dying, the inhalers sat in a safe at the principal’s office.
An Australian man living by a cliff has prevented around 160 suicides in his 50 years of living there, by striking up a conversation with people contemplating suicide and inviting them to his house for tea.
Neil Armstrong’s 82 year old grandmother told him to look around and not step on the moon if “it didn’t look good”. Neil agreed he wouldn’t.
Tempest Prognosticator was a device that kept 12 leeches inside small bottles. They attempted to climb out of the bottles when a storm was approaching, causing a bell to ring. The number of times the bell was struck indicated the likelihood of a storm.
Howard Stern ran for Governor of New York in 1994 promising to limit road work to night hours. He eventually withdrew, but later that year, The Howard Stern Bill was signed into law which limited road construction in New York City and Long Island to night hours.
Part of the reason that people seem more attractive when you’re drunk is that alcohol inhibits your ability to recognize asymmetry in a face.
“The Blue Marble” is the only whole-earth photo taken by human hands. No one has since been far enough from earth to take a similar picture.
James Cameron was homeless when writing The Terminator, and sold the rights for $1, on the condition he could direct it.
Helsinki, Finland has a four-times-a-year event called Restaurant Day. The occasion offers anyone the opportunity to set up a restaurant, café, or bar, for just one day, without having to apply for official permits – as long as alcohol is not on the drinks list.
The Museum of Endangered Sounds exists to allow streaming of once popular technological sounds. ie. the dial-up tone, ICQ chat tone, Windows 95 startup.
In 1981, Ronald Reagan fired 11,345 air traffic controllers after they refused to end their strike and subsequently banned them from federal service for life.
During the Qing Dynasty in China, emperor Qianlong was able to cancel taxes four times during his reign because the imperial treasury was so full.