On Valentine’s day 2014, an unnamed man sabotaged a special screening of “Beijing Love Story” by booking every odd seat in the theater, preventing couples from sitting together.
There is a fictional brand of cigarettes that multiple TV shows, films, and video games use called Morleys.
Author Ian McEwan helped his son write his A level English exam about one of his own novels, Enduring Love. The teacher disagreed with his interpretation.
In Mexico, artists can pay their taxes using artwork that they create.
In 1971, a thief broke into a house and was shot in the legs by a trap set up by the homeowner. The thief then sued for damages–and won.
There is a mass reservoir of water floating in space that is 100,000 times bigger than our sun and holds 140 trillion times more water than all of our oceans.
A man thought to be in a vegetative state is able to tell scientists that he is not in pain. “We have scanned him several times and his pattern of brain activity shows he is clearly choosing to answer our questions. We believe he knows who and where he is.“
The Hercules beetle, despite weighing only 100 grams, can lift 8 kilograms, making it one of the proportionally strongest animals in the world.
When police raided a dog fighting ring in South Carolina, 8 suspects attempted to flee the scene. One of the suspects was taken into custody after one of the dogs chased him and “took him down”. The dog then escaped.
The sabre-tooth squirrel featured in the 2002 film Ice Age was fictional… until a real one was discovered in 2011.
By following up on an ancient Russian way of keeping milk from going sour — by putting a frog in the bucket of milk — scientists have identified a wealth of new antibiotic substances.
A woman sued a hospital claiming a CAT Scan made her lose her psychic powers.
Two scientists skinned, boiled and swallowed a shrew without chewing it, and then carefully examined the excrement and how the carcass reacts within the human digestive system. They were rewarded the ‘Ig Noble Prize’ for their findings.
A chemistry grad student accidentally synthesized the chemical MPTP and gave himself Parkinsonian Syndrome while trying to make opioids – accidentally advancing Parkinson’s research at his own expense. His parkinsonism was successfully treated with levodopa but he died 18 months later from a cocaine overdose.
When an online college in the US jokingly offered, as an April Fools gag, a course called ‘Underwater Basket Weaving’ (a notorious code for a do-nothing class) the school was forced to apologize when they were accused of being disrespectful to indigenous cultures.