In 2013, for the first time, a former prosecutor (and judge) was sentenced to prison for intentionally withholding evidence that could have exonerated an innocent man who spent 25 years behind bars. The sentence was 10 days. He served 5.
An anti-Nazi organization called Exit distributed free t-shirts at a neo-Nazi rock concert in Germany. These shirts appeared to be neo-Nazi-themed, but after they were washed, an anti-Nazi message was revealed.
Korean War soldier Eduardo C Gomez took out an enemy tank by crawling across an open rice field, got up on top of the tank, and then pried open the hatch and dropped a live grenade into the tank, killing the tank’s crew.
When in 2007 Minnesota passed an anti-smoking law that banned smoking in public buildings, there was a line that said only actors who had to smoke were allowed to do so. Thus, the Barnacles Bar declared that everyone in the bar is an actor in a live performance.
While exploring the newly discovered Yellowstone, Truman Everts got separated from the group. His horse then ran away with supplies, he fell on his campfire, fell hip deep into a geyser, and was finally found crawling months later with frostbite weighing a mere 55 lbs.
Russian Scientists discovered seeds 124 feet below permafrost that an “Ice Age Squirrel” had buried, the seeds dated back 32,000 years old. They were successfully germinated and a year later created their own seeds.
The average university student in 1979 only had to work 182 hours per year (a part-time summer job) to pay for tuition, whereas the average 2013 student had to work 991 hours (a full-time job for half the year).
‘Old person smell’ is actually caused by the chemical 2-nonenal. Older people secrete this chemical through their skin at a much higher rate than younger people.
The Soviet Union and the United States were originally in talks to go to the moon together during the Cold War. Nikita Khruschev was poised to accept the plan but then President Kennedy was assassinated. The Soviets did not trust Vice President Johnson, so Khruschev rejected the plan.
A new trend has emerged in Bangkok where young Thai men are identifying as “Mexican gangsters” and sporting the clothes, tattoos, and hairstyles of the gangs that inspire them.
Norway stopped investing money into Walmart after determining that the company is guilty of “serious violations of fundamental ethical norms.”
A man sued Pepsi when he found a mouse in his Mountain Dew. Pepsi attorneys stated that Mountain Dew will dissolve a mouse in 30 days, and showed his can was purchased 74 days after being manufactured.
Due to time dilation one could travel thousands of light years in a human lifespan without exceeding the speed of light. A full 40 year trip at 1 g will appear on Earth to last 58,000 years and cover a distance of 55,000 light years.
An amateur bowler who almost killed himself trying to bowl the perfect match – 36 straight strikes. He grew increasingly dizzy and sweaty but got 35. In the final frame, he left the last pin standing. A doctor said he had bowled through a stroke and required heart surgery.
Leo Szilard conceived the nuclear chain reaction,the nuclear reactor, and wrote the letter suggesting the Manhattan Project, which Einstein signed. After being diagnosed with bladder cancer, he designed his own radiation therapy which led to a full recovery.