While researching for the film Cast Away, screenwriter William Broyles Jr. chose to strand himself for one week on an isolated beach in the Gulf of California to force himself to search for water and food and obtain his own shelter.
An Australian publisher once had to reprint 7,000 copies of a recipe book because a typo asked for “freshly ground black people” instead of black pepper.
In 2009, David Booth, a park ranger in Scotland, packed up his metal detector, drove to a field, and scored big. His first sweep yielded 4 gold neck bands, from the first century B.C.—the most important hoard of Iron Age gold found in Scotland to date.
In 1889 a lion escaped from a traveling show in Birmingham and ran into the sewers. When an angry mob formed, Frank Bostock, the owner secretly snuck another lion out the back. He then returned with the lion clearly visible and was hailed a hero. The escaped lion was still in the sewers.
In 2009, an abusive litigant sued a man for $30k for selling him a $40 printer on Craigslist, claiming it was broken. The case lasted for 6½ years and, as of 2016, may still be on-going.
An attempt to set the Guinness World Record for the world’s most expensive cocktail was thwarted when a customer dropped and broke the bottle of Cognac that was worth $77,000.
Singapore gives random drug tests to tourists and locals before they can enter the country. They must be negative of any illegal drugs before they can enter.
All presidents and first ladies have secret service protection for life, and any children of former presidents get secret service protection until they turn 16.
It can cost over $289,000 for a one-year hot dog stand permit in Central Park.