In Australia 4,000 people once rioted because a pub closed.
Scientists once tested the intelligence of beavers by playing the sound of running water on a field. Eventually, the beavers began covering the tape player with branches and mud.
In 1974 a newscaster committed suicide during a live broadcast. Her last words were “In keeping with Channel 40’s policy of bringing you the latest in ‘blood and guts’, and in living color, you are going to see another first—attempted suicide.”
A man named Roger Boisjoly and his colleagues attempted to stop Challenger from lifting off into space knowing that a disaster would happen, but ultimately failed.
Penn and Teller created a game called Desert Bus. The object is to drive in REALTIME from Tucson, Arizona to Las Vegas, Nevada. There is no pause button and it needs constant steering. If you make the entire 8 hour trip, you earn one point.
In 1997, the pilot of an A-10 attack jet turned off his radio and transponder for no apparent reason and flew hundreds of miles off course during a training mission, later crashing into a mountainside in Colorado. No explanation for the pilot’s actions was ever found.
The Vibrator was the 5th domestic appliance to be electrified, after the sewing machine, fan, kettle, and toaster.
Ingrid Newkirk is the co-founder of PETA and the mastermind of some of their more off-the-wall schemes. One such tactic was releasing a public will, wherein she suggested that her body be “used” like an animals’. She asked that her flesh be cooked in a human barbecue, her skin made into leather products, her feet made into umbrella stands, and one of her eyes delivered to the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Other parts of her body were to be severed, preserved, and sent around the world to draw attention to various causes, including circuses and mink farms.
A woman had a heart attack on a plane, when the stewardess asked if there was a doctor on board, 15 stood up, they were on their way to a cardiology conference.
When Ernest Seton turned 21, his father charged him for all of the expenses associated with his childhood, including the fee for his delivery at birth. He paid the bill, but changed his name and never spoke to his father again.
Jackie Chan, working as a nightclub bouncer, once spent two days after a fight trying to push his bone back into his fist. He later found that it wasn’t his bone… it was the other guy’s tooth.
A man who lied about passing his second year of university, pretended to continue his study, crafting an elaborate lie until everyone he knew thought he was a medical doctor. No one found out for 18 years, until he killed his entire family to avoid being revealed.
A 1970s Canadian science experiment made drugs freely available to both caged rats and colony rats: The rats in cages developed drug habits. The rats in normal ‘society’ refused them.
Homosexuality is common among bats. It’s most common among… fruit bats
15% of the US population believes that the pharmaceutical industry invents diseases so they can sell a cure.