The first American spy satellites literally dropped their film from space in a “film bucket” that was then scooped up in midair by a plane.
Pope Pius XII, who is often criticized for not speaking forcefully against Hitler, supervised a rescue network which saved 860,000 Jewish lives – more than all the international agencies combined.
In 1983, a man confessed to his wife’s murder after part of a female skull was discovered in a peat bog near their home in England. He was convicted based on this confession. The skull turned out to be from someone who actually died about 1750 years earlier.
An individual horse has a peak power output of 14.9 horsepower. A healthy human can produce about 1.2 hp briefly … and sustain about 0.1 hp indefinitely; trained athletes can manage up to about 2.5 hp briefly and 0.3 hp for a period of several hours.
Several Hells Angels members plotted to murder Mick Jagger after he called them out for fatally stabbing a black man at their free concert in Altamont, California in 1969. They took a boat to his location on Long Island, but had to swim for their lives when a major storm brewed up.
A Jehovah’s Witness was temporarily incapacitated following a car accident. Her doctor transfused her with blood which saved her life, despite knowing she had signed a card requesting this not be done. Following her recovery she successfully sued the doctor for battery.
The Ebola virus wiped out 70 to 95% of the 20,000 gorillas in Congo’s d’Odzala national park between 2003 and 2005.
The Oh-My-God particle, a subatomic particle detected to be traveling at 99.99999999999999999999951% the speed of light, is carrying the same energy as a 60 mph baseball.