Sixty years ago a soccer match ground to a halt when unidentified flying objects were spotted above a stadium in Florence. “They were moving very fast and then they just stopped. It all lasted a couple of minutes.” Ten-thousand fans were watching the game in the concrete bowl of the Stadio Artemi Franchi. But just after half-time the stadium fell eerily silent – then a roar went up from the crowd. The spectators were no longer watching the match, but were looking up at the sky, fingers pointing. The players stopped playing, the ball rolled to a stand-still.
An Australian man committed suicide by shooting himself in chest with a shotgun, then in the head with a pistol, then in the throat with a shotgun, then in the chest again with a shotgun.
Elizabeth Taylor’s apparent dark outlined eyes were due to a rare genetic mutation giving her “double eyelashes”.
After Samuel L. Jackson agrees to star in “Snakes on a Plane”, producers tried to change the title but did not because Jackson agreed to do the film based on the title alone.
There is a non-profit organization that provides free course books. Free, not pirated. The organization is funded by the likes of Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, Rice University and the Hewlett Foundation and aims at making higher education available to more people.
A man wrote his own credit card contract then sued the bank for breaking the contract’s terms.
Groomsmen (specifically bride’s-groomsmen) were originally at weddings to protect the bride from being captured by another suitor.
A couple bought a box of textbooks for $10. Inside, they found a 25-cent bill signed by the president of the Republic of Texas. It sold for over $63,000.
Tiger Woods, despite being worth $500 million dollars, once pulled a “mulligan” by taking back a $5 tip to a waitress after realizing he had tipped her earlier in the day. By the way, he was playing a $10,000 hand of blackjack at the time.
Only one member of Congress voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists after 9/11, stating that they should be “careful not to embark on an open-ended war with neither an exit strategy nor a focused target.”
In 2008, a 30 second Doritos television advertisement was beamed by radar to a solar system 42 light years away.
For over a decade teachers and principals in Atlanta erased wrong answers and filled in the right ones in students’ tests. At one school, the faculty held weekend pizza parties to correct answers before turning them in. Over the course of a single year, scores at the school jumped 45 percent.
US continues to violate U.N. Convention Against Torture signed 20 years ago.
In 1844, in a case of mass hysteria, a convent of nuns began “meowing” together everyday for several hours. Eventually the neighbors complained and soldiers threatened to whip the nuns until they stopped meowing.
One twin from a premature birth was declared clinically dead, came back to life after laying on his mother’s chest for two hours.