Studies of raccoons showed that they can solve complex locks in less than 10 tries, and remember task solutions for up to three years. Their North American population has also increased up to 20 times since 1930. And they travel in same sex packs of 4.
A Canadian student attending a lecture on out-of-body experiences approached the professor after saying, “I thought everybody could do that.” She is the first person studied who can induce them at will.
Johnny Knoxville is the result of “significant inbreeding”. This was discovered by a genealogist he himself hired.
In 1986 a French woman taught herself how to fly a helicopter, rented one, flew it over a prison, and plucked her bank robber husband off the prison roof.
Between 1974 and 1979, the city of Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada, took part in an experimental guaranteed income program (“Mincome”). For those four years—until the project was cancelled and its findings packed away—the town’s poorest residents were given monthly checks that supplemented what modest earnings they had and rewarded them for working more. And for that time, the effects of poverty began to melt away. Doctor and hospital visits declined, mental health appeared to improve, and more teenagers completed high school.
The entire town of Whittier, Alaska lives in a single condo. The 200 residents never need to leave home to go to school, the grocery store, or the Post Office.
There are more Wikipedia articles on Antarctica than all but one of the African countries.
A 54-yo man was riding a train in Essex when 6 women emerged from a toilet and attacked him, punching and kicking him out onto a platform where he fell on another woman who accused him of trying to steal her bag and punched him in the face. There was no explanation for the attack.
Dolphins will communicate with one another over a telephone, and appear to know who they are talking to.
During the war, Vietnamese children thought the American soldiers were blind because they had blue eyes and wore sunglasses all the time.
From 1929 to 1940, the Soviet Union introduced a 5-day week in a deliberate bid to eliminate religion.
In that Quebec, Sweden and Norway it is illegal to advertise to children. This to keep companies from encouraging children to beg their parents for stuff.
A Japanese zoo unsuccessfully tried to mate a pair of hyenas for four years before realizing both were males.
Lemon juice makes fish taste and smell less ‘fishy’ because its acid neutralizes a chemical group in the fish called amines, making them non-volatile and stopping the smell.
Kids who try to act cool in their early teens are more likely to have alcohol and relationship problems later in life.