Chaupadi is a traditional Hindu practice that banishes menstruating women — considered unclean — from the rest of the house. Nepali women are not allowed to touch kitchen utensils, share the same water source, go to school, or sleep inside the home during their periods. Instead, they sleep in huts, animal sheds, caves or even in the open.
St Augustine, who lived in the 4th century, advocated that god should have made use of natural, evolutionary, original causes in the production of man’s body. He believed it was the soul that was created through a supernatural process, the body was created through a natural evolutionary process.
Mob boss John Gotti’s youngest son was hit by a neighbors car while riding a mini bike, and killed. Not long after the accident the neighbor went missing and has never been found.
There is a theory that humans were not fully conscious until 3000 years ago, and that instead people heard their consciousnesses as a separate voice that commanded them, and this may have been the source of the beliefs of many ancient gods.
Creator of LSD lived up to 102.
It gave me an inner joy, an open mindedness, a gratefulness, open eyes and an internal sensitivity for the miracles of creation. […] I think that in human evolution it has never been as necessary to have this substance LSD. It is just a tool to turn us into what we are supposed to be.”
—Albert Hofmann, Speech on 100th birthday
Mathematician Zachary Harris hacked into Google’s email system and sent a e-mail phishing attack to Larry Page from Sergey Brin’s e-mail account. All because he noticed a flaw in an e-mail sent from Google offering him a job and thought it was a test. It wasn’t.
The IKEA HQ in Delft, Netherlands had to stop offering their €1,- breakfast during the weekends because the highways couldn’t handle the traffic it attracted.
In 1910 a group of students from Cambridge darkened their skin, donned turbans, and presented themselves to the British Royal Navy as ambassadors from Abyssinia. They conducted an inspection of the fleet, bestowed honors upon British officers, and spoke in a Latin/Greek gibberish.
Nikola Tesla openly expressed disgust for overweight people. Once, he fired his secretary solely because of her weight.
Although “Madison” was the second most popular girl’s name in 2001, it was virtually unheard of before the 1984 movie Splash, where a mermaid adopts it as her human name after seeing a street sign for Madison Avenue. To this Tom Hanks’s character initially protests: “But Madison isn’t a name!”
Humans almost became extinct about 70,000 yeas ago when the total population dropped below 2,000.
An employee of the company hired to organize McDonald’s Monopoly game rigged it for 5 years. He also admitted to anonymously sending a $1 million game piece to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis.
Manhattan Project mathematician Richard Hamming was asked to check some arithmetic by a fellow researcher. Hamming planned to give it to a subordinate until he realized it was a set of calculations to see if the nuclear detonation would ignite the entire Earth’s atmosphere.
In Russia many doctors “treat” alcoholism by surgically implanting a small capsule into their patients. The capsules react so severely with alcohol that once the patient touches a single drop, they instantly acquire an excruciating illness of similar intensity to acute heroin withdrawal.
Google has found GPA’s and test scores to be “worthless as a criteria for hiring”; they have teams where 14% of their employees haven’t gone to college.