A mentally ill young man who shot himself in the head in a suicide attempt suffered a brain injury that apparently eliminated his phobia of germs and his obsession with washing his hands.
Mrs Dilys Cant failed repeatedly to back her car into a vacant space in a car park in Durham in 1975. It felt as if she was hitting a kerb, although nothing was visible. Her daughter and two other motorists were also unable to enter the space, which seemed to be protected by “an invisible force field“.
Edwin Robinson suffered a severe head injury in a 1971 road accident and gradually lost his sight and hearing. On 4 June 1980, he was struck by lightning outside his house in a suburb of Portland, Maine. He survived, because of his rubber-soled shoes, but remained unconscious for 20 minutes. On regaining consciousness, he found that his central vision was back and that he could hear perfectly well without his hearing aid (which had been burnt out by the lightning).
In 1990, 14-year-old Lisa Reid went permanently blind as the result of a brain tumor. Then one night about 10 years later, she smacked her head on a coffee table as she was bending down to kiss her guide dog goodnight. When she woke up the next morning, 80% of the vision in her left eye had been restored. She celebrated the miracle “by telephoning her mother and reading aloud the health warning on a pack of cigarettes”.
The Denver International Airport is filled with strange and provocative art and has many peculiar design characteristics, leading many people to believe the architects were leaving clues to warn of some future tragedy.
By 1982, Space Invaders had grossed $2 billion. Just in quarters…
The dolphin that played Flipper on the TV show committed suicide by refusing to breathe.
Due to a Gypsy crime wave, city officials in Milan authorized police to set up an undercover operation that used hidden cameras and telephone taps to make arrests. The investigation found some children were generating up to $15,000 to $20,000 a month from their criminal activities.
A German mathematician spent a decade writing a 200 page manuscript about drawing a regular 65537 sided polygon with a compass and a straightedge.
Australia had a government shutdown once, in 1975. It ended with the Queen firing everyone in Parliament.
Christopher Columbus’ expeditions were funded by the Spanish king. To pay him back, Columbus tried to find as much gold as possible. He forced Native American children to find gold in the hills of Caribbean islands. Natives who didn’t collect enough gold would have their hands cut off. American’s celebrate Christopher Columbus’ arrival to the Americas every October 12th.
In South Korea, it is commonly and incorrectly believed that sleeping in a closed room with an electric fan running can be fatal. According to the Korean government, “In some cases, a fan turned on too long can cause death from suffocation, hypothermia, or fire from overheating.” The Korea Consumer Protection Board issued a consumer safety alert recommending that electric fans be set on timers, direction changed and doors left open. Belief in fan death is common even among knowledgeable medical professionals in Korea. According to Yeon Dong-su, dean of Kwandong University’s medical school, “If it is completely sealed, then in the current of an electric fan, the temperature can drop low enough to cause a person to die of hypothermia.” Whereas an air conditioner transfers heat from the air and cools it, a fan moves air without change of temperature to increase the evaporation of sweat. Leaving a fan running in an unoccupied room will not cool it; in fact, due to energy losses from the motor and viscous dissipation, a fan will slightly heat a room.
The founder of Kellogg’s Cereals (John Harvey Kellogg), was a doctor focusing on health and mental wellness. He began manufacturing corn cereals because he thought eating cereal for breakfast would curb people’s desire to masturbate.
There are tiny bugs closely related to spiders living in the pores of your face, which crawl about your face in the dark to mate.