Frank Bourassa is a confident man. “I can do anything I want. I can go to the moon. I’m good at figuring out stuff. I could do a heart transplant if I wanted to.” He’s not cocky, he’s confident with good reason. He made more than $200 million in fake currency that was so good it fooled the Secret Service and he walked away from the whole thing a free and wealthy man.
In 1986, when a five year old boy fell into a gorilla enclosure and lost consciousness, a large male gorilla named Jambo stood between the boy and the other gorillas in a protective gesture, even stroking the boy’s back. The incident helped create a positive public perception of gorillas.
In order to discover that penguins sleep more deeply in the afternoon, scientists crept up on sleeping king penguins at different times of the day and poked them with a stick until they woke up. It took around nine pokes to rouse a bird from an afternoon nap – five to wake one sleeping in the morning.
Guards at New Mexico State Penitentiary had a “snitch game”. They would label inmates as snitches, let them be abused, and wait for them to turn into informants to escape their tormentors.
In 1849 New York, a man would walk up to strangers and begin a conversation. Gaining their trust, he would ask “Have you the confidence to trust me with your watch until tomorrow?” He would never return. When finally caught, he was labeled a “confidence man”, later shortened to simply “con man”. The man, William Thompson, would reportedly gain the confidence of his upper-class “mark” by dressing very nicely and pretending to be an old, forgotten friend. He was eventually arrested when one of his former victims recognized him on the street.
If pigs are not castrated the meat will have an unpleasant odor when cooked; referred to as “Boar Taint.” With the feral pig explosion across many parts of North American hunters have developed the practice of “Twice hunting”. Hunters trap the male boars, take their testicles off (yikes), and then release the pigs for several months or up to a year before hunting them a second time and killing them. When the pigs are spayed the tend to graze a lot more and spend less time getting into fights. Their hormones obviously change as well which affect the muscle tissue of the sterile pigs.
On Halloween 1992 the UK show ‘Ghostwatch’ purported to show a real haunting which was spreading around the country. Banned for a decade and never re-aired, it was blamed for several traumas, including a suicide.
Since the 12th century, Judaism believes that if the truths derived through science or philosophy contradict religious beliefs, the religious beliefs are incorrect.
In 1991 a braindead woman was kept “alive” because she was pregnant. The baby was born alive.
Immediately after the Challenger explosion, shares of every corporation involved in the Space Shuttle dropped. But by the end of the day, most had rebounded; only Morton Thiokol remained low. This was months before the official investigation found Thiokol to be responsible for the disaster.
No study has shown the food additive MSG to be dangerous and the entire public outcry against it in the 1970s was because of one letter sent to the New England Journal of Medicine.
During the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia by Warsaw Pact soldiers, road signs in towns were removed or painted over to confuse invading troops—except for those indicating the way to Moscow.
Chaupadi is a traditional Hindu practice that banishes menstruating women — considered unclean — from the rest of the house. Nepali women are not allowed to touch kitchen utensils, share the same water source, go to school, or sleep inside the home during their periods. Instead, they sleep in huts, animal sheds, caves or even in the open.
St Augustine, who lived in the 4th century, advocated that god should have made use of natural, evolutionary, original causes in the production of man’s body. He believed it was the soul that was created through a supernatural process, the body was created through a natural evolutionary process.