The North Korean government is one of the largest counterfeiters of U.S. $50 and $100-dollar bills, dubbed “superdollars,” as they are so close to the real thing that they’ve been referred to as “just U.S dollars not made by the U.S. government.“
In 1946, the electric chair failed to kill Willie Francis, who subsequently filed suit claiming that he had been executed even though he did not die, and should be a free man based on ‘double jeopardy’ laws in the 5th amendment. A case was brought before the U.S. Supreme Court, with lawyers for the condemned arguing that although Francis did not die, he had, in fact, been executed. The argument was rejected on the basis that re-execution did not violate the double jeopardy clause of the 5th Amendment of the US Constitution, and Francis later went to the electric chair again and was successfully executed in 1947.
In 2001, two one-thousand-year-old Mississippian burial grounds were excavated in order to build a Wal-Mart Supercenter.
A woman was imprisoned for 15 days and deported for allowing her kindergarten class to name a teddy bear Muhammad.
Five men agreed to stand directly under an exploding nuclear bomb. All died at ripe old ages.
The first sensory deprivation tank was created in 1954. Since then people have experienced hallucinations, out of body experiences and even parallel universes while in these chambers.
In 1979 a 16-year-old girl shot up an elementary school in San Diego. The reason for the shooting “I don’t like Mondays“.
There is a neurological disorder, Witzelsucht, which causes a tendency to make puns, tell inappropriate jokes or pointless stories in socially inappropriate situations.
Sign language users have “accents”, and can often tell the region another user comes from through them, just like spoken language.
Deer in Scotland have been found killing and eating birds.
Ethyl Formate, the chemical that gives raspberries their flavor, has been found emanating from dust clouds in space.
The world was ending in 1806 because someone wrote “Christ is coming” on eggs and stuffed them back into the hen.
Guy Debord, French Marxist literary theorist, published his first book with a sandpaper cover so that books placed next to it would be destroyed.