In Germany there are elevators with no doors that never stop. The riders must be ready to hop on at the right time or risk being “guillotined” by the lifts.
In the poorest areas of Africa, people wave oiled-up pans in the air, so that Midge Flies stick to it. After catching enough bugs, they are scraped off and cooked into a meatball. Catching the flies with the pan is very entertaining for the kids in the village.
There is a town in Mexico where people have a huge fist fight to summon rain.
A man rescued a dying crocodile, looked after it, tried to release the croc into the wild, but the croc kept coming back. The two became ‘best friends’ and for the next 20 years, Chito (man) used to get into the water to swim, kiss, hug, play with ‘Pocho’ the 5-meter, 450kg croc.
In Russia, a stray cat named Masha kept a three month old baby warm in below-freezing temperatures and refused to leave its side when it was taken to the hospital, the baby lived.
Jacob Barnett is a child prodigy from Indiana who was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2. At only the age of 3, he explained why the moons around Mars are not round. Jacob Barnett is good at physics and has been able to do so since a young age, having completed all high school math by the age of 10, working on his Master’s in quantum physics by the age of 13, and being accepted into Canada’s Perimeter Institute For Theoretical Physics by the age of 15. Here he is giving a TED Talk at the age of 14, telling the audience they should “stop learning and start thinking.”
For a man in China, the show “Friends” never ended. The man — who goes by the name Gunther and has a son named Joey — decided to live his life Friends-style. After he went through a bad breakup, a friend recommended Friends as a way to cheer him up. And, in Gunther’s words, “It’s changed my life.”. He quit his job to open his own coffee shop (called Central Perk), replicating the Friends cafe down to custom-made couches. The Central Perk in Beijing is where Gunther and his fellow “Friends” lovers can watch and talk about the show.
Sitting for around 11 hours per day can increase the risk of early death by 40 per cent compared to those who sit four hours per day or less.
The roundest object in the world was handcrafted by one man because no machine in the world could match his precision.
Scatman John suffered from a severe stutter from the time he learned to speak, which led to an emotionally traumatic childhood. He then made the song, “Scatman,” in which he intended to inspire children who stuttered to overcome adversity.