Dogs have only recently been able to watch TV, with the advent of HDTV with their higher framerates. Before that, with CRT’s, it was like watching a strobe light.
Despite having DNA evidence of the suspect, German police could not prosecute a $6.8M jewel heist because the DNA belonged to identical twins, and there was no evidence to prove which one of them was the culprit.
During China’s Ming Dynasty, powdered smallpox scabs were blown up the noses of the healthy. The patients would then develop a mild case of the disease, and from then on were immune to it. Although the technique had a 0.5–2.0% mortality rate, it was better than the diseases 20–30% mortality rate.
A 400-year-old bonsai tree survived the nuclear blast of Hiroshima in 1945. Later, the tree was presented to the USA as a gift and still flourishes in the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. The history of the tree remained hidden till 2001.
It wasn’t until the 1930s that production techniques improved to the point where toilet paper could be advertised as “splinter free”.
Lubbock, Texas has been ranked as the most boring city in the United States (100,000 inhabitants or more), partially due to its poor art, food and music scenes.
There is an airtight room in a University in Georgia (US), sealed in 1940, to be opened in the year 8113. The “Crypt of Civilization” contains a wealth of artifacts from literary works to everyday items.
Ross Rebagliati, the first man to win Gold in Snowboarding in the Olympics only to be disqualified for marijuana, now owns a medical marijuana business called Ross’ Gold.
An Austrian woman’s wood stove exploded when she used a piece of wood that grew around a WWII grenade that was stuck in it.
Colonel Sanders was once a successful lawyer, but his legal career ended when he got into a courtroom brawl with his client.