In August 1962, New York City cops began patrolling the streets at night while dressed as women. The idea was to trap would-be muggers.
Belgian artist Mikes Poppe recently chained himself to a four-ton block of marble and then attempted to free himself by chiseling away at it. His goal was to demonstrate how the “inescapable burden of history” imprisons artists.
Nineteen days later he gave up and asked to be freed, admitting that he had “underestimated the marble.” Despite this, he said, “I don’t see that as a failure… On the contrary. I have been able to communicate with the public. I am now going to read the many comments in the guestbook and take a warm bath.”
In 1975, rather than installing expensive signs or speed bumps, Napa, California experimented with using chickens to slow down motorists on one of its streets — Streblow Drive, bordering Kennedy Park. They simply let 85 chickens roam the park and street at will. Said park superintendent Bob Pelusi, “Only occasionally does an errant driver charge through the flock. In the nine months we’ve had the chickens on the job, we’ve lost 12 of them — gone in the line of duty, so to speak.”
In 1974, three students at Northeast High School in Philadelphia participated in a medical experiment in which for five days they experienced what it was like to be blind.
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An innocent man spent 17 years in jail until they found his doppelganger living in the same town with the same first name.
There is a ‘fake’ townhouse in Brooklyn Heights that’s actually a ventilation shaft for the subway.
Some trees exhibit a phenomenon called “crown shyness” which prevents their branches and leaves from touching one another, forming a canopy with channel like gaps.