In 1953, the British kicked off their successful Mt Everest expedition by inviting its members to their embassy. While the climbers were housed in luxury, the Sherpas were put in garages without beds or toilets. Infuriated, the Sherpas retaliated by lining up and urinating on the front lawn.
Aztec warriors wielded swords embedded with small blades of obsidian, a kind of volcanic glass, making them the sharpest swords in history. They were so effective they could decapitate humans and even horses in one blow.
During the reign of the Roman Emperor Tiberius Caesar, between 14-37 AD, a craftsman created flexible glass which was shatterproof, and would only produce slight dents when dropped, which could be easily repaired with a hammer.
The Emperor, fearing that it would devalue gold and silver, had the craftsman executed. To this day no one knows how the legendary material was made.
Two men were brought up on federal hacking charges when they exploited a bug in video poker machines and won half a million dollars. His lawyer argued, “All these guys did is simply push a sequence of buttons that they were legally entitled to push.” The case was dismissed.
A man faked mental illness to escape jail, was sent to an asylum and has been trying since to convince doctors he’s sane. He’s been diagnosed a psychopath ’cause in part, “Faking mental illness to get out of a prison sentence is exactly the kind of manipulative act you’d expect of a psychopath.”
A guy named Seth Putnam wrote a song about how being in a coma was stupid, and soon after went into a coma himself. After he awoke, when asked how it felt to be in a coma he said, “It was just as f*cking stupid as I wrote about in my song”.
A 63-year-old man traveled from Windsor to Toronto to fulfill a lifelong dream of visiting a Legoland Discovery Centre, was turned away because he didn’t have a child with him. Legoland has a policy that requires adults to be accompanied by children.
After being rejected by 20 publishers, Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci-fi classic Dune was finally picked up by Chilton Books. The publisher was previously known only for those big car repair manuals sold in auto parts stores.