There is an autoimmune disease which mimics the symptoms of demonic possession, and it has only been identified in the last 10 years. It affects mostly young women and can come on with no pre warnings whatsoever.
The first American spy satellites literally dropped their film from space in a “film bucket” that was then scooped up in midair by a plane.
Pope Pius XII, who is often criticized for not speaking forcefully against Hitler, supervised a rescue network which saved 860,000 Jewish lives – more than all the international agencies combined.
In 1983, a man confessed to his wife’s murder after part of a female skull was discovered in a peat bog near their home in England. He was convicted based on this confession. The skull turned out to be from someone who actually died about 1750 years earlier.
An individual horse has a peak power output of 14.9 horsepower. A healthy human can produce about 1.2 hp briefly … and sustain about 0.1 hp indefinitely; trained athletes can manage up to about 2.5 hp briefly and 0.3 hp for a period of several hours.
Several Hells Angels members plotted to murder Mick Jagger after he called them out for fatally stabbing a black man at their free concert in Altamont, California in 1969. They took a boat to his location on Long Island, but had to swim for their lives when a major storm brewed up.
A Jehovah’s Witness was temporarily incapacitated following a car accident. Her doctor transfused her with blood which saved her life, despite knowing she had signed a card requesting this not be done. Following her recovery she successfully sued the doctor for battery.
The Ebola virus wiped out 70 to 95% of the 20,000 gorillas in Congo’s d’Odzala national park between 2003 and 2005.
The Oh-My-God particle, a subatomic particle detected to be traveling at 99.99999999999999999999951% the speed of light, is carrying the same energy as a 60 mph baseball.
The word Maverick comes from Samuel Maverick, a 19th century Texan who refused to brand his cattle.
For two months Ai Hin, a panda living in a Chinese zoo, managed to trick her caretakers into thinking she was pregnant — surprising behavior that suggests the bear knew she would be getting extra food and an air-conditioned room all to herself. She accomplished this all by just eating more, moving less, and raising her hormone levels.
Ants form a daisy chain to maximize their strength and take home dinner.
35% of polled American workers said they would be willing to forego a significant pay raise in exchange for having their boss fired.
On the first splashdown by a Soviet crew, the Soyuz capsule landed in the middle of blizzard, punched through a frozen lake, went fully underwater and the lake above them froze over partially requiring an intense rescue operation lasting 9 hours under −22 °C.