The last meal is based on a superstition from pre-modern Europe. By accepting the last meal, the condemned was believed to forgive the executioner, the judge, and witness(es). This would prevent the condemned from returning as a ghost to haunt those responsible for their killing.
Nearly 80% of people who die from drowning in the USA are male.
Two student journalists proved the innocence of a man 50 hours before he was due for execution – saving his life and resulting in the real killer’s confession.
The founder of the Black Panthers went on the write a cook book and advertise for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.
Icelandic police shot dead a man who refused to stop firing at them with a shotgun in the capital of Reykjavik this week — and then they apologized. It was the first time that anyone in the country was killed by police gunfire.
A Dutch archaeologist found a lost castle they had stopped looking for 20 years ago, using Google Earth.
It is literally impossible for our brains to multi-task; when we think we’re multi-tasking, we’re actually context-switching, which is quickly switching back-and-forth between different tasks, rather than doing them at the same time.
Penguins were once introduced in Norway. One of them was promptly shot by a Norwegian matron who claimed it was a freak of nature that had invaded her yard.
Iceland has one of the largest gun ownership rates in the world, and yet has one of the lowest crime rates in the world.
There is actually a superhero called “normalman.” He was the only person without superpowers on a planet full of superheroes.
The 1977 University of Evansville Men’s Basketball Team was killed in a plane crash. One player didn’t make the trip due to an illness. He was killed in a car wreck 2 weeks later.
Rather than use the marketing budget on ads for Total War-Rome, the game developers hired a group to create (entertaining) YouTube videos about the Punic Wars and Roman History. And, they suggested this group not mention or market the game, “Just teach history”.
When bitten by caterpillars, plants send Chemical SOS signals to parasitic wasps that attack the caterpillars.
In Belarus, a one-armed man was arrested for clapping.