A deaf 45 year old North Carolina man was repeatedly stabbed after he was walking down the street, signing to his friend and a gang member mistook their signing conversation for gang signs.
In 1984 Michael Larson was a contestant on Press Your Luck. Using the stop-motion on his VCR, he noticed that the presumed random patterns of the game board weren’t actually random, and memorized the sequences. He won 45 consecutive spins and earned a total of $110,237 in cash and prizes.
Rubber is a 2010 French film about a tire that comes to life and kills people using its psychic powers. It was a box office failure, earning only $100,370 compared to its $500,000 budget.
The Sacramento Public Library started a “Library of Things” earlier this year, allowing patrons to check out, among other things, sewing machines and other items that patrons may find useful, but don’t need to own long-term.
In 2004, a woman engaged to a video game programmer anonymously vented her frustrations about her fiancé’s brutal 85-hour work week in a single blog post which eventually led to three class action lawsuits and a $14.9M judgement against the company he worked for.
Alligators in Louisiana have learned to balance sticks on their snouts specifically during egret and heron nesting season, when the birds are actively searching for nest materials. This is the first known case of predators using lures based on seasonal prey behavior.
There’s a mountain in Australia called Mt. Disappointment. It was named such because the explorers who first reached its summit found the view to be sub par and wanted to reflect their feelings in the name they chose for the mountain.
The “Tree That Owns Itself” is a white oak tree in Athens, GA, that is widely assumed to legally own itself and the eight feet of land surrounding it. According to newspapers, a deed written by Colonel William Jackson was written to the tree, giving ownership of the land to itself in the 1800s.
A woman used drain cleaner to blind herself, and she says that she is happier than ever after fulfilling lifelong wish of becoming blind.