A KKK Grand Dragon, confined to a wheelchair, had been threatening a local rabbi. The rabbi responded by offering the man compassion, friendship, and transportation around town. They became friends and the Grand Dragon eventually quit the KKK and converted to Judaism.
A 2011 Harvard/Tufts study showed that most white Americans now believe anti-white racism has surpassed anti-black racism in the U.S.
On a trip to England in 1698, Peter the Great loved the taste of stout beers, but was unable to take any back with him to Russia before it spoiled. To mitigate this, London brewers added more hops and alcohol to their stouts thus creating a new beer style, the Russian Imperial Stout.
Shortly after returning from the moon and leaving NASA, Buzz Aldrin had a failed career as an Air Force test pilot, started drinking, had an affair, suffered depression, got divorced, got re-married, got divorced again, and became a Cadillac salesman where he failed to sell a car for 6 months.
Abraham Lincoln created the secret service just hours before he was assassinated.
King Tut had a club foot, feminine hips, an overbite. He had Kohler’s disease. DNA determine that Pharaoh’s parents were undoubtedly brother and sister. Since the Pharaohs were regarded as at least partially divine, it was thought to be necessary for the royal line to keep marrying each other. The results were a little less than divine.
In 2012, NYU-Poly constructed a robotic fish and placed it in a tank of golden shiners. After simulating the tail movements of a leader fish, the robotic fish was eventually accepted and became their leader.
In 1987, a guy bought a lifetime unlimited first class American Airlines ticket for $250,000. He flew over 10,000 flights costing the company $21,000,000. They terminated his ticket in 2008.
In 2010 George Lucas said “I’m dedicating the majority of my wealth to improving education. It is the key to the survival of the human race.” Two years later, Lucas sold Lucasfilm Ltd. to Disney for $4.05B and donated the proceeds to a charity that focuses on education.