In 1998 Sean Penn was taken hostage in a police department holding cell and dragged outside by gunpoint only to learn the whole thing was an elaborate prank by Woody Harrelson.
In a brain scan, feelings of being in love and being on cocaine look almost identical.
We are still making scientific discoveries about water because it is so bizarre. Water ice has 15 different phases, and there is now a strange, “quasicrystal” form when the ice is only 2 molecule layers thick.
How much do you make? It’d be no secret in Scandinavia. Sweden annually publishes everyone’s income tax returns. So do Finland and Norway. Technically, you can see what your brother-in-law made, your neighbor made. Making the data public demonstrates the Scandinavian tradition of jantelag, which translates roughly as nobody is better than anyone else.
In 2008 a small town mayor was mistakenly raided by a swat team. He was held at gun point and claims his dogs we’re killed for sport, one while it was running away.
The inventor of the shopping cart had to pay people to push them around for 2 years before people would use them.
In 1963, four Princeton students forced a local train to stop by parking a car on the tracks. With a gun loaded with blanks, they got on the train, picked four girls as their dates, and rode away with them on horseback.
Women have historically been barred from cooking sushi due to a superstition that their hands are too warm.
Owning an electric car in Norway grants you free public parking, free ferry trips, and the right to drive in bus lanes.
Prior to the first nuclear bomb detonation in July of 1945, isotopes such as strontium-90 and cesium-137 simply did not exist in nature. Pieces of art and bottles of wine created before 1945 can be tested for cesium, if they contain traces of cesium they would almost certainly be fake.
A man received 5 years in prison after being caught sprinkling his feces onto baked goods at a grocery store.
George Clooney once said that he’d trade lives with Richard Branson if he could. Branson’s wife instantly responded: “Done!”
35% of Saudi women in prison are there because no male relative will collect them.
The Soviet Union refused to host the 1980 Paralympics, stating that none of their citizens had disabilities.
Norris Kellam’s great talent in life was floating. For which he earned the name “The Human Cork.” In May 1933 he attempted to break the world record for staying afloat by floating in a saltwater pool in Norfolk, Virginia for over 86 hours. Unfortunately he didn’t make it. After 71 hours and 19 minutes he was overcome by sharp cramps and sunburn and had to climb out of the pool.