In 1991 a braindead woman was kept “alive” because she was pregnant. The baby was born alive.
Immediately after the Challenger explosion, shares of every corporation involved in the Space Shuttle dropped. But by the end of the day, most had rebounded; only Morton Thiokol remained low. This was months before the official investigation found Thiokol to be responsible for the disaster.
No study has shown the food additive MSG to be dangerous and the entire public outcry against it in the 1970s was because of one letter sent to the New England Journal of Medicine.
During the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia by Warsaw Pact soldiers, road signs in towns were removed or painted over to confuse invading troops—except for those indicating the way to Moscow.
Chaupadi is a traditional Hindu practice that banishes menstruating women — considered unclean — from the rest of the house. Nepali women are not allowed to touch kitchen utensils, share the same water source, go to school, or sleep inside the home during their periods. Instead, they sleep in huts, animal sheds, caves or even in the open.
St Augustine, who lived in the 4th century, advocated that god should have made use of natural, evolutionary, original causes in the production of man’s body. He believed it was the soul that was created through a supernatural process, the body was created through a natural evolutionary process.
Mob boss John Gotti’s youngest son was hit by a neighbors car while riding a mini bike, and killed. Not long after the accident the neighbor went missing and has never been found.
There is a theory that humans were not fully conscious until 3000 years ago, and that instead people heard their consciousnesses as a separate voice that commanded them, and this may have been the source of the beliefs of many ancient gods.
Creator of LSD lived up to 102.
It gave me an inner joy, an open mindedness, a gratefulness, open eyes and an internal sensitivity for the miracles of creation. […] I think that in human evolution it has never been as necessary to have this substance LSD. It is just a tool to turn us into what we are supposed to be.”
—Albert Hofmann, Speech on 100th birthday
Mathematician Zachary Harris hacked into Google’s email system and sent a e-mail phishing attack to Larry Page from Sergey Brin’s e-mail account. All because he noticed a flaw in an e-mail sent from Google offering him a job and thought it was a test. It wasn’t.
The IKEA HQ in Delft, Netherlands had to stop offering their €1,- breakfast during the weekends because the highways couldn’t handle the traffic it attracted.
In 1910 a group of students from Cambridge darkened their skin, donned turbans, and presented themselves to the British Royal Navy as ambassadors from Abyssinia. They conducted an inspection of the fleet, bestowed honors upon British officers, and spoke in a Latin/Greek gibberish.
Nikola Tesla openly expressed disgust for overweight people. Once, he fired his secretary solely because of her weight.
Although “Madison” was the second most popular girl’s name in 2001, it was virtually unheard of before the 1984 movie Splash, where a mermaid adopts it as her human name after seeing a street sign for Madison Avenue. To this Tom Hanks’s character initially protests: “But Madison isn’t a name!”