11 children have been born in Antarctica, the first in 1978.
In 1927 a fictional student was enrolled at Georgia Tech. Since then, this student has received all undergraduate degrees, fought in the war, served on Mad magazine’s Board of Directors and was the leading candidate for Time’s person of the year.
In 1848 an iron rod exploded through the skull of a railroad foreman and landed 80 feet away. He was speaking and walking minutes later. The doctor didn’t believe him until a “teacupful of the brain” fell on the floor. He died 12 years later, after having portraits made of him holding the rod.
The opening shot in Bond films was actually filmed through the barrel of a gun.
Beethoven continued to compose conduct, and perform after becoming completely deaf.
If every muscle in your body could pull in one direction, you could lift nearly 25 tons.
The first animal launched into orbit, Laika, was found as a stray wandering the streets of Moscow. Soviet scientists assumed that such animals had already learned to endure conditions of extreme cold and hunger.
Soviet forces raped 1/3rd of all German women living in Berlin during World War II.
The average male produces around 14 gallons of ejaculate in his lifetime –enough to fill the gas tank of a 1993 Plymouth Duster or a Shop-Vac Ultra Pump Wet/Dry Vac.
Armenian finswimmer Shavarsh Karapetyan was not only a 17-time world champion, was finishing a 12-mile run when he heard a bus crash into the water. He dove down 33 ft, and rescued 20 people, 1 at a time. Oh, and 10 years later he ran into a burning hospital to save more people.
Low social interaction is as harmful as 15 cigarettes a day, being an alcoholic, or being obese.
St Sebastian, a Christian saint, is often depicted in art during his death, with arrows impaling his body. Michael Richards, an artist, has a piece where he cast a mold of himself and, instead of arrows, had planes flying into his body. Richards died on the 92nd floor of Tower One on 9/11.
French and Italian have a lexical similarity (the degree of similarity between two languages) rating of .89, and generally languages are considered dialects if the similarity is above .85.
There is a radio station transmitting an intermittent beep since 1982 and nobody knows why. Occasionally Russian voices can be heard as well.
The Swiss Guard, known now as the guys in the silly costumes that stand around the Vatican holding spears, once stood against an army as it sacked Rome. 189 Guard stood against 20,000 invaders at the Vatican long enough for Pope Clement VII to escape the city.