Because of a lucky genetic mutation happened in the 18th century, today 38 people in a small town in northern Italy don’t suffer from cholesterol artery-clogging, making them virtually immune to heart disease and strokes. They all smoke, they eat like hell, and they don’t care.
During the cold war, when navy divers repairing a whale enclosure heard a human-like voice saying “out, out, out,” and got out of the water to see nobody, they found out that a beluga whale named “Noc” had learned to mimic human speech and was trying to communicate with them.
In 2007, a Texas man saw his neighbor’s empty house being burglarized. He told 911, “I’m not gonna let them get away with it.” After they left the house he said, “I’m gonna kill him”, and then went outside and shot both men in the back, killing them. The grand jury found it was justified.
A man in Michigan whose house was slated for demolition switched the house numbers with his neighbor so the crew demolished the wrong house.
With the exception of 2004, the Nickelodeon specials “Kids Pick the President” have correctly predicted the winner of every U.S. presidential election since 1988.
There is a traffic light in Germany that has been red for 28 years.
The first person to cycle around the globe, Thomas Stevens, did it on a penny-farthing, between 1884 and 1886, packing only socks, a spare shirt, a revolver and a raincoat that doubled as a tent and bedroll.
When former president Theodore Roosevelt died in his sleep in 1919, Thomas R. Marshall, the sitting vice-president, said “Death had to take Roosevelt sleeping, for if he had been awake, there would have been a fight.”