A man built an amusement park for his disabled daughter with free admission for everyone with special needs.
200-1200s AD, Inuit and Vikings colonized Greenland multiple times, but they often missed the other and found the ruins of the other’s attempt. First Contact finally happened in the 1200s, with Inuits colonizing the Vikings.
In 2010 research was done to find the most effective promotion strategy for employers. For the control group they used random selection. Random won.
Harvard chose “The Wire” as curriculum material for their course on urban inequality. Many other universities offer classes in various disciplines based on the TV series, ranging from law to sociology to film studies.
In 1915 a raisin company executive spotted a teenage girl drying her curly brown hair and wearing her mother’s red bonnet and hired her for a stunt promotion that had her dropping raisins from an airplane. Soon she became the company’s first mascot called, “Sun Maid.” Backed by an aggressive marketing push throughout the 20s, Sun-Maid managed to triple American consumption of raisins by the end of the decade.
A restaurant called “The Heart Attack Grill,” with a hospital theme and scantily clad nurse waitresses serves the “Quadruple Bypass Burger” loaded with 9,982 calories. A customer died of a heart attack while eating a there, resulting in customers taking photos of him assuming it was a stunt.
The United States spent more than $2 billion digging 24km of tunnels in Texas for a particle accelerator similar in scope to CERN, only to abandon the project.
Flamingos can sleep in ponds that freeze around their legs at night, drink boiling water, and survive conditions that expose them to arsenic and poisonous gases.
A Texas woman tried to kill a snake by dousing it in gasoline and setting it on fire… in a final act of defiance it slithered to her house and caught it on fire.