The oldest person ever was a French woman who died in 1997 at 122 years old. One of her early memories includes selling colored pencils to Vincent Van Gogh.
Although Donald Trump has described himself as an “ardent philanthropist,” he has only donated $3.7 million to his own foundation. In comparison, a wrestling company has given Trump’s foundation $5 million. He ranks among the least charitable billionaires in the world.
After Columbus’s first voyage, he described the natives as “so naive and so free with their possessions…When you ask for something…they never say no. To the contrary, they offer to share with anyone…” He promised from his next voyage “as much gold…and as many slaves” as the crown asks.
In 1970, America’s semiconductor industry ground to a halt because manufacturers couldn’t buy blades for cutting the wafers apart. All the big companies bought their blades from a guy working out of his garage who suddenly got sick.
In oil-rich Azerbaijan people bathe in crude oil believing it improves their health.
The roundest object in the world was handcrafted by one man because no machine in the world could match his precision.
Wal-Mart Heiress Paige Laurie paid someone to do all her homework at USC, and had to return her degree after she had already graduated.
In 2008 a dog named Sophie Tucker survived 4 months lost at sea off the coast of Australia. She fell overboard while sailing in bad weather with her owners. She then swam 5 nautical miles in stormy, shark-infested waters, to an island where she survived for 16 weeks by hunting wild goats.
Crying when you are happy is your body’s way of neutralizing your emotions so you don’t become overwhelmed with feelings. Responding to positive emotions with negative reactions (or vise versa) helps restore your emotional equilibrium.
A trucking company got over 900 speeding tickets, another 500 tickets for ignoring stop signs and other signals, and killed 32 people in just 24 months. Yet they are rated “satisfactory” by the agency that oversees transport.
After an 8.0 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico City, nearly all newborn babies survived a collapsed hospital. They are known as “Miracle Babies” for surviving 7 days without nourishment, water, warmth or human contact.
There are more museums in the U.S. than there are Starbucks and McDonalds — combined.
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.
A woman won $1.3 million lottery. She hid it from her husband and immediately divorced him to avoid giving him half. He found out and sued. Due a Family Code statute that penalizes spouses for falsifying data about their property during divorce, judge ordered her to give him 100% of the winnings.
Stephen King was terrified as a child when he saw the movie Bambi, calling it the first horror movie he saw.