Back in 1958, high-school sophomore Diana McGee chose as her biology…

alchy-hamster-alcoholic-croppedBack 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…

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.

In 1916, Manfred von Richthofen was considered a below average pilot who…

red-baronIn 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.

Istead of money, Toyota donated efficiency to the Food Bank of NYC…

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.

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