Swedish blood donors first receive a ‘Thank you’ text when they initially donate blood, but they also receive a text message whenever their blood is used to help someone.
In the 1970s, over 700,000 tires, held together by steel, were dumped off the coast of Florida to create an artificial reef. The steel later rusted apart, detaching the tires and causing an environmental disaster.
When Cristiano Ronaldo was asked to donate his cleats for a charity auction benefiting 10-year old Erik Ortiz Cruz, who had a brain disorder that can cause 30 seizures a day, he instead paid the whole $83K for his surgery.
A 25 year old contestant on the French version of Survivor died during the first competition on the first day. A week later, the staff doctor of the show killed himself. His suicide note claimed the media was making unjust accusations and assumptions about him.
In 1954, an Irishman, after taking “a good swig” from a beer bottle, saw leprechauns all over the place. Unfortunately, the beer bottle contained not beer but a highly poisonous industrial chemical. He realized his mistake at once, drunk salt water and got some of it up. Nevertheless he was “deeply inebriated” and went into coma for 36 hours. Coming out of the coma he had paranoid delusions. That night he awoke in delirium and saw that the ward was its usual length, but only was about two feet high. “In response to my cries, a little nurse 12 inches high ran to my bed. I told her I was afraid, so she tried to reassure me and went away to get a hot drink. While she was away, other nurses came to bedside and were later followed by a doctor. They were all about 12 inches tall. I recognized all of them as the nurses and doctor I had seen before. The only other person besides myself who seemed the normal size was a patient in the bed next to mine. I was terribly afraid while all this was going on. They changed my shirt and gave me an injection. The next morning everything went back to its usual size.” Today, this disorienting neurological condition is known as Alice in Wonderland syndrome or lilliputian hallucinations.
A Pan-Am flight crashed in the Syrian desert, killing fourteen passengers. Two crew survived – one of the two was the co-pilot, named Gene Roddenberry. He was so disturbed by the crash that he quit to become a writer, and shortly after he created Star Trek.
With a permanent population of less than one million people, Qatar hires migrant workers to fill their empty stadiums in the Qatar Stars League, paying them one dollar an hour to “sit in the stadiums and pretend to have fun”.
When trains were introduced in the U.S, many people believed that that “women’s bodies were not designed to go at 50 miles an hour,” and that their “uteruses would fly out of [their] bodies if they were accelerated to that speed.”
If you’re flying aboard a spaceflight leaving from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, you’ll be ordered to pee on the back-right tire of a bus. It’s tradition.