The most Edgar Allen Poe was paid for a single work was $100 for his story ‘The Gold Bug’. He earned $9 for his most famous poem ‘The Raven’ which made him a celebrity. He lamented, “I have made no money. I am as poor now as ever I was in my life—except in hope, which is by no means bankable”
Vegetarians were found to be twice as likely to suffer from depression than the general population. Among possible causes, diets low in B-12, too much Omega-6 which is linked to mental health issues, and higher amounts of phytoestrogens due to soy based diets.
Laika, the first dog in space, was taken home by a scientist shortly before her launch to play with the scientists’s kids.He wrote ‘”Laika was quiet and charming…I wanted to do something nice for her: She had so little time left to live’.
Science says booger-eating and nose-picking is healthy. It turns out that snot is actually full of bacteria that helps your teeth, immune system, and overall health.
Farmer who studied law himself for 16 years to sue a chemical firm for polluting his land won the first round.
Eggs from hens raised on pastures “contain twice as much vitamin E and long-chain omega-3 fats, 2.5-fold more total omega-3 fatty acids, and less than half the ratio of omega-6:omega-3 fatty acids” than eggs from commercial hens.
A man born blind became an infamous phone hacker by using his heightened hearing to listen to normally inaudible sound signals and imitate operators’ voices with uncanny accuracy.
Some scientists theorize that the origin of life is just the inevitable outcome of thermodynamics as a middle-step to increase overall entropy in the universe.
In medieval years, an hour was divided into 4 puncta (quarter-hours), 10 minuta, or 40 momenta. So if you asked someone to “wait a moment”, turns out that you really asked them to wait for about 90 seconds.
Cormac McCarthy writes all of his books on a 1963 Lettera typewriter. In 2009, he sold his typewriter at auction for $254,500. He spent $20 to buy an identical replacement.