During WWI, Dominic “Fats” McCarthy was awarded the Victoria Cross after he, virtually unaided, killed 22 Germans, captured 5 machine guns, 50 prisoners, and half a kilometer of the German front. When it was over even the prisoners he’d captured patted him on the back for what he’d done.
Hugh Trenchard, a British soldier in the Boer War, was shot in the chest and spine, becoming partially paralyzed. He took up bobsledding as a hobby, and after a major accident regained use of his legs.
Knife manufacturer, Victorinox, claims never to have had to lay off an employee. To avoid this they set aside profits during boom periods to supplement recessionary periods, as well as temporarily contracting employees to other companies as outsourced labor during recessions.
Photographer Patrick Hall films people’s reactions as they get tasered with a handheld stun gun. Here are those reactions in slow-mo video form.
In 1982 a 15 year old runaway lived in an elevator shaft for 2 months. He rewired the elevator to work as he wanted, and was caught when residents smelled cooking hot dogs.
There is a homeless shelter organization called “My Friend’s Place” so that those in need don’t also have to go through the embarrassment of telling others that they’re homeless.
The director of the movie Cannibal Holocaust was arrested for murder 10 days after the movie premier, as the courts did not understand how an impalement scene was done, and actually believed that an actress was murdered for the scene. He literally had to bring in all the “murdered” actors to prove his innocence.
In 1951, MGM owed the dog who played Lassie $40,000 in back pay. Not planning any more Lassie movies, MGM instead gave the rights to the Lassie trademark to the dog’s trainer, who spun it off into a TV show that ran for 19 seasons.
More than 40 percent of Russian girls have already lost their virginity by the age of 15 — a year younger than the legal age of consent.