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.
André the Giant has successfully held the record for the most Beer consumed in a single sitting for the last 40 years. During a six-hour period back in 1976, André drank 119 standard 12 ounce brews in a pub in Pennsylvania.
In 1986 Miss Garlic was chosen on the basis of personality, congeniality, talent, knowledge of garlic — and breath.
In 1974, German artist Joseph Beuys arrived in America for the first time. Upon landing at the airport, he was transported by ambulance directly to the Rene Block Gallery in New York City. He emerged from the ambulance wrapped in a grey felt blanket and was then placed in a room with a wild coyote where he spent the next three days.
According to kidsofdada.com: “The coyote’s behavior changed throughout the three days, becoming sometimes cautious, detached, aggressive and then friendly.” Also, at one point, “Fifty new copies of the Wall Street Journal were added to the closed space, which the coyote acknowledged by urinating on them.”
After the three days were up, Beuys was again wrapped in the felt blanket and was returned to the airport.
Beuys called this performance art piece “I like America and America likes me.”