On August 27, 1883 the sound that emerged from the eruption of the volcanic island of Krakatoa was heard by people in over 50 different geographical locations, spanning an area that covered a thirteenth of the globe. Some of those people reported hearing the sound over 3,000 miles away, a full four hours after the sound was made. A ship’s captain noted in his log “So violent are the explosions that the ear-drums of over half my crew have been shattered… I am convinced that the Day of Judgement has come.”
A pig in Australia stole 18 beers from a campsite, got drunk, and then tried to fight a cow, resulting in the cow chasing the pig around a car.
Saturn’s moon Titan has an unexplained anomaly in its atmospheric composition that is consistent with earlier predictions about life there.
There are $100 coins that are legal U.S. tender. They weigh 1 ounce and are 99.95% platinum. This is the highest face value ever to appear on a U.S. coin.
In 1999 Google brought in 16 students to test out their search engine. Upon reaching the site, they sat still for 45 seconds…just staring. Worried, Google finally asked what was wrong. All 16 responded the same: they were waiting for the rest of the page to load.
The SR-71 did more than just take pictures. It could aim its radar 45 degrees to the side, map the terrain like side scan sonar… intercept enemy comm and radar signals, record its entire flight path with infrared cameras… to prove to countries that it didnt violate their airspace.
Louis Armstrong asked Richard Nixon to carry his bags through customs for him because he ‘was an old man’. The bags had marijuana in them.
Indian scientists can determine your blood cholesterol level from a photograph of your hand.
Nigerian 419 scammers convinced Banco Noroeste executives to deposit $242 million in their Cayman bank accounts.
The more expensive the car, the more likely the driver is to cut off pedestrians and other cars.
A bidet is considered a key green technology and uses significantly less water, electricity, and wood than a single roll of toilet paper.
In 1974, a man stole a helicopter, flew it to Washington, D.C. and hovered for six minutes over the White House before descending on the south lawn. He only spent 1 year in prison and fined $2,400.
For the first Moon landing, the average age of NASA controllers was 26 years old.
Jehovah’s Witnesses teach that Satan and his demons were cast down to earth from heaven 100 years ago today: October 1, 1914