Andrew Jackson was the first sitting president to almost be assassinated. After the first pistol failed to be discharged a second pistol was pulled, that one too misfired. The likelihood of both pistols misfiring was 120,000 to 1.
A Texas man barricaded himself in his home after biting a police officer during a traffic stop, and refused to come out for more than a decade.
Mark Twain had a near fatal heart attack in 1898 after watching a belly dancer’s routine.
Some knife makers attach a coin to each knife they sell, to circumvent the superstition that giving someone a knife as a gift severs the relationship: the receiver can ‘pay’ for the knife by returning the coin to the person who gave the knife to them, turning the gift into a ‘purchase’.
“Hell’s Kitchen” is a neighborhood in Manhattan, NYC most likely named after 2 cops watching an Irish riot. The rookie said “this is hell,” and the veteran said, “It’s hotter. It’s Hell’s Kitchen.”
Henryk Siwiak was fatally shot on 9/11/2001 and because the deaths from the terror attacks are not included in the city’s official crime statistics, Siwiak’s death is the only homicide recorded in New York City on that date.
Superabundance is the belief, that no matter how many natural resources humanity uses, the planet will continuously replenish the supply. This, actually is the myth.
20th President James A. Garfield was ambidextrous and was versed in both Greek and Latin. He would sometimes entertain his friends by having them ask him questions and then writing the answers simultaneously in Latin in Greek using both hands.
There is a strictly enforced ban on chewing gum in Singapore that has been in effect for decades. Bringing chewing gum into the country even for personal use is illegal.
An organization crowdfunds money to buy debt (for pennies on the dollar) and forgives it.