Some police dogs are equipped with ballistic vests and even given a full police funeral when killed in the line of duty.
Christian, Judaic, and Islamic texts all ban interest on loans.
18 year old Aaron Deveau of Haverhill, MA was found guilty for motor vehicle homicide by texting, June 2012. Possibly the first in the United States. Sentenced 2 years in prison and loss of his license for 15 years.
The invention of tea bags was an accident/misunderstanding. Tea was meant to be removed from the bags before being used, but nobody told the first recipients that…
Before alarm clocks were invented, there was a profession called a knocker-up, which involved going from client to client and tapping on their windows (or banging on their doors) with long sticks until they were awake. It lasted into the 1920s.
People can tell Mormons from non-Mormons just by their face.
A police officer offered to split a lottery ticket with a waitress at his favorite restaurant in Yonkers, NY in place of a tip. The ticket was a winner worth $6 million, which he split with her without hesitation. “If I say I’ll do something, I do it. I hope money never changes me.”
A man with no prior criminal record is serving a 55 year prison sentence for trying to sell $350 worth of marijuana while wearing a gun on his body, mainly due to mandatory minimum sentences.
The Serial Killer with the most confirmed murders (138), Luis Garavito, only received 22 years in prison.
An East Germany film studio made several successful “Westerns”. The heroes were not cowboys but Native Americans.
2/3 of all illiterate adults are female.
After conducting Symphony No. 9 stone deaf, Beethoven had to be physically turned around to see the audience applaud him (some waved handkerchiefs so he could visibly see their ovations).
In Finland, speeding tickets are determined by the driver’s annual income and a man once received a $200,000 fine.
A 456lb man underwent a clinically supervised fast for 382 days. Took multivitamins, lost 275lbs, crapped every 40-50 days.