For hundreds of years, “Computer” was a job title for a person who did math problems all day.
In 2001, British author Giles Foden (Last King of Scotland) compared Eminem to Robert Browning, one of the foremost Victorian poets, and remarked that “a brief examination of ‘Stan’ reveals it to have all the depth and texture of the greatest examples of English verse.”
If people in the top 10% for alcohol consumption were to reduce their total consumption to that of the next lowest 10% group; alcohol sales would drop by 60% in the United States.
The Beatles played a demo copy of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” before its release at full volume from an open apartment window at 6AM. Instead of complaining, the residents opened their windows and listened, aware they were hearing unreleased Beatles music.
Cockroaches experience performance anxiety. A study found that cockroaches running through a hard maze will have more difficulties if other roaches are watching them.
A 18C. astronomer went to India to see a Transit of Venus. Delayed, he missed it, but decided to stay for the next one, in 8 years. The second try was clouded out. 3 years later he returned to France to find he’d been declared dead, his wife had remarried, and his estate was gone.
Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island, formally donated his birthday by deed of gift to a friend’s daughter who was born on Christmas Day and had no birthday celebration separate from the family’s Christmas celebrations.
There is a tea that costs $1,025,000 per kilogram.
A German man broke into prison every night to visit his girlfriend.
Dale Decker, a 37-year-old from Wisconsin, slipped a disc and now suffers from Persistent Genital Arousal Syndrome. He orgasms 100 times a day. It would be a fantastic problem to have, were it not for the fact that he experiences involuntary, crippling orgasms so often that he can barely leave his house — much less work.
A man successfully “foreclosed” on a Wells Fargo office because they failed to respond to his letters of inquiry and then ignored his $1,000 small claims judgement.
The state of Kentucky currently has 4.9 million barrels of bourbon that are aging, which exceeds the state’s own population.
Four teenage girls lied to have an innocent man convicted of murdering a child. They never apologized, claiming they did it “for a laugh”.
Some inmates in Greenland hold the keys of their own cells, may leave the premises during the day to go to work/school and are even allowed to go hunting with rifles to shoot birds and seals.