A young Saudi woman, who was flying to Australia to escape an arranged marriage, was forcibly removed from her flight and returned to Saudi Arabia because she didn’t have permission from her male guardian to travel.
Scientists estimate that if spider silk could be faithfully reproduced with the thickness of a pencil, it would be strong enough to stop a large jet plane in flight.
Solitaire was created by a Microsoft intern who wasn’t paid for the game. Bill Gates liked the idea but complained it was too difficult to win at this game. Original version also included a fake Excel spreadsheet to hide the game from your boss.
Spiritualists, Mormons, Shakers, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Adventists all originated from relatively the same place (upstate New York) and the same time (early 1800s).
A group of Oregon lawmakers rickrolled the state legislature in 2011. Each person incorporated one line into their speech.
In 1965, a four-year-old nearly drowned at a beach, but was rescued by a woman named Alice Blaise. 9 years later, that boy saved a man at the same beach. That man was Alice’s husband.
An Ohio woman once got out of a parking ticket because of a missing comma in the state’s laws. She successfully argued that her car wasn’t a “motor vehicle camper” and therefore wasn’t included in the list of prohibited vehicles.
In 1943, a Mexican farmer named Dionisio Pulido had a volcano start to form in his corn field. By the early 50s it was over 400 meters tall. Before being evacuated and leaving his home for the last time, he left a sign that read “This volcano is owned and operated by Dionisio Pulido.”
An anonymous French urban artist, Invader, has spent the last twenty years installing over 3300 Space Invaders mosaics in 60 cities all around the world.
Hebrew became extinct as a spoken native language around 200 CE. It was revived in Paris on 13 October 1881 when a man called Eliezer Ben-Yehuda and his friends agreed to exclusively speak Hebrew in their conversations.