Back in 1958, high-school sophomore Diana McGee chose as her biology project an experiment “to make a hamster an alcoholic, then to cure it of the disease.” She named the hamster “Alchy”. The hamster consumed about a pint of bourbon a month and reportedly “seems to love it.” Eventually, Alchy refused to drink any more of the bourbon-water mixture, leading the Salina Journal to comment on Apr 25, 1958 that “the animal has more sense than some people.”
A rare chronic sleep disorder called Fatal Familial Insomnia, renders the victim unable to sleep. One man diagnosed with the illness, Michael Corke, died a month after his 42nd birthday, by which time he had been completely sleep-deprived for six months. It has no known cure.
The pilot episode of LOST was so expensive (~$14 million) that the network president was fired for greenlighting it.
In 1916, Manfred von Richthofen was considered a below average pilot who crashed during his first flight. Despite this poor start, he rapidly became attuned to his aircraft. Upon his death two years, and 80 aerial kills later, the British buried The Red Baron with full military honors out of respect for his skill as an aviator.
Moon dust is incredibly sharp because there is no wind or water to erode it and wear it down. It cuts through kevlar-like material and is harmful to humans, causing a disease called Moon Hay Fever.
Bilateral gynandromorphism is when a species is born with part female and part male bodies. It can be found in birds, crustaceans, Arachnids and most commonly – insects.
Charles Grey, the Second Earl Grey, established real democracy in Britain, abolished slavery throughout the empire, and is only remembered as a tea blend.
Ben Affleck dropped out of college after his creative writing teacher ridiculed an early draft of the Good Will Hunting screenplay.
There is a city in Kansas called Gas. Their official motto is “Don’t Pass Gas, Stop and Enjoy It.”
Because Han Solo says “I’ll see you in Hell” in Empire Strikes Back, there’s an entire mythology for what Hell is in the Star Wars universe.
There is evidence of early humans being killed and eaten by eagles.
Instead of money, Toyota donated efficiency to the Food Bank of NYC. Their experts cut wait times in a Harlem soup kitchen from 90 minutes to 18 minutes. In one Brooklyn warehouse, simply changing the size of boxes allowed workers to cut packing time from 3 minutes to just 11 seconds.
Virtually all Middle Ages scholars believed that the Earth is spherical. The myth that people in the Middle Ages thought the earth is flat appears to date from the 17th century as part of the campaign by Protestants against Catholic teaching.