The Nazis had helicopters, and even launched them from battleships. BMW was going to mass produce a battlefield version, but the factory was destroyed in a bombing raid.
In 2003, the US sugar industry lobbied congress to block a WHO report which would set guidelines for sugar intake at 10% of daily calories. Congress blocked the report by threatening to cut all WHO funding if it was released, and backed the industry’s sugar intake recommendation of 25% daily.
The lyrics of Bob Marley’s “No Woman, No Cry” are officially credited to his childhood friend Vincent “Tata” Ford, who ran a soup kitchen in the Jamaican ghetto where Marley grew up. Marley gave Ford credit for writing the song so that the royalty payments could keep the soup kitchen open.
A pro Counter-Strike player said about his team that they ‘were all on Adderall’ in an interview; as a result, the ESL, one of the largest eSports organization, announced that they will be working with the World Anti-Doping Agency to implement drug-testing for pro players.
Neon light left on for 77 years, which was discovered during renovation of landmark restaurant. The fixture had been walled off and forgotten in a basement nook, where it proceeded to rack up over $17,000 in electrical bills.
Famous personal trainer/body builder Greg Plitt died earlier this year while filming a commercial for ‘No Fear’ energy drinks. He reportedly assumed a runner’s stance on the tracks as the train approached, and attempted to out-sprint the speeding train to show the effectiveness of the drink.
After suffering from two severe car accidents, a woman named Michelle Philpots completely lost her ability to create new memories, causing her to wake up every day thinking it’s 1994.
Grigori Perelman, a Russian mathematician, successfully proved the Poincaré conjecture (one of the seven Millennium problems) in papers made available in 2002 and 2003. When his work survived review, he was offered a Fields Medal and the $1,000,000 Millennium Prize, both of which he turned down.
A woman rolled up to a store during an iPhone launch with a plan to buy out the entire store stock of iPhones and post the phones on Ebay. She bought her way to the front of the line for $800 … only to be told later about the “one phone per customer” rule.