A king penguin in Japan was rescued and nursed back to life. He refused to leave, and now lives with the family. He has his own extra cold room, and he goes out on walks around the neighborhood to pick up groceries.
Canadian amputee Terry Fox ran a marathon every day for 143 days straight, before dying of cancer at age 21. As a result, $500M has been raised in his name for cancer awareness.
Ants ‘farm’ mealybugs. In return for honeydew, the bugs are given shelter in the form of ‘barns’ constructed by the ant ‘farmers’ from bits of soil. Ants will defend their ‘herds’ from predators. Ants ‘milk’ them by stroking the bug’s abdomen, it responds by exuding honeydew.
During a lecture, an Oxford philosopher made the claim that although a double negative in English implies a positive meaning, there is no language in which a double positive implies a negative. To which Philosopher Sidney Morgenbesser responded with a dismissive tone, “Yeah, yeah.”
A man got charged with battery on a police officer for farting on him… the charges were later dropped.
A 10 year old girl named Laura Buxton released a balloon with her name and address on it, which floated 140 miles and landed in the back yard of a house where also lived a 10 year old girl named Laura Buxton. On the day of the meeting, the two girls wore essentially the same outfit – a pink sweater and jeans. The girls were the same height, which was unusual because they were both tall for their age. They both had brown hair and wore it in the same style. They both had three-year-old black Labrador Retrievers at home, as well as gray pet rabbits. They both brought their guinea pigs, which were the same color and even had the same orange markings on their hindquarters. It was almost as though these two Laura Buxtons were the same person.
If a man takes a pregnancy test and gets a positive result, it means he most likely has testicular cancer.
Icelanders have no family names. Instead, their surname is just their father’s name plus “son” or “dottir”.
US interrogators tortured an Afghan detainee to death by hanging him by his arms for 4 days and beating his legs so badly they needed amputation. They did this despite most interrogators believing him to be “an innocent man who simply drove his taxi past the American base at the wrong time”.
Navy SEALs used to be waterboarded as a part of their training but the process was stopped when no SEAL could pass it, leading to bad morale.
When slaves were freed in the USA, some towns in the south would arrest young black men for not having a job and then sell them to corporations like US Steel as slaves for the duration of their sentence.
Tropical rainforests in the Amazon have their soil nutrients periodically replenished by the Sahara Desert. Wind blows dust particles all the way from the desert, across the ocean, to the tropics where the sand and its associated nutrients help the fertility of the rainforest.
During World War II, allied fighter pilots frequently observed glowing balls of moving fire while on combat missions over Europe. Named foo fighters, there are a number of theories on the source of the fireballs, including UFOs and ball lightning. One explanation is that they were the air equivalent of land mines, launched into the skies by the Nazis to disrupt the pilots’ plans and even interfere with the planes electronics.