Doctors successfully silenced the genes that make chickens to grow a beak, causing it to revert back to it’s ancestral state: the snout of a dinosaur.
Drivers in Ohio receive a yellow “scarlet letter” license plate if they have been convicted of a DUI.
Jacob Barnett is a child prodigy from Indiana who was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2. At only the age of 3, he explained why the moons around Mars are not round. Jacob Barnett is good at physics and has been able to do so since a young age, having completed all high school math by the age of 10, working on his Master’s in quantum physics by the age of 13, and being accepted into Canada’s Perimeter Institute For Theoretical Physics by the age of 15. Here he is giving a TED Talk at the age of 14, telling the audience they should “stop learning and start thinking.”
A nine year old orphaned child from Rwanda living in a garbage dump told a charity worker “I want to go to school.” He is now 22, and attending Harvard.
Dove once ran a “Natural beauty” campaign which centered around “real” looking women. It turned out all of the women in this ad series had been Photoshopped.
A sick Great Dane was rushed to the emergency hospital. Unidentifiable foreign material showed up in his stomach on x-ray. Hours later, the surgeon reported removing 43-and-a-half socks from the dog’s stomach, saving his life.
Harriet Tubman threatened death to escaping slaves if they wanted to turn back. “If he was weak enough to give out, he’d be weak enough to betray us all, and all who had helped us; and do you think I’d let so many die just for one coward man.”
Howard Lutnick donated more than $65 million to Haverford College because when he lost both his parents to cancer the college was understanding and let him go tuition-free all 4 years.
According to a 2007 study by the University of Southern Denmark, the secret to happiness is to have low expectations of life.
In 1997 Morgan Freeman offered to cover the cost of prom for a Mississippi school that held two racially segregated proms every year, provided that the one Freeman would be covering would just be one racially integrated prom. This offer was refused until 2008.