Serial killer Rodney Alcala acted as his own attorney in his trial. For five hours he interrogated himself on the witness stand, asking questions addressed to “Mr. Alcala” in a deep voice and answering them in his normal voice.
A convenience store employee and his father stole a 5 million dollar lottery ticket, told the winner it was only worth $5,000, only paid him $4,000 and then pushed him out the door and locked it.
Oregon state has a lake that drains every winter into a lava tube, turns into a meadow during the spring, and then turns back in to a lake in time for summer.
The writing staff of Futurama held three Ph.D.s, seven masters degrees, and cumulatively had more than 50 years at Harvard.
A man spent 28 years in jail before a DNA test concluded that the hair found at the crime scene actually came from a dog.
The gang named “Cribs” evolved into “Crips” when members began carrying around canes to display their “pimp” status. People in the neighborhood then began calling them cripples, or “Crips”.
A tiny (1sq. cm) transparent Australian jellyfish has venom delivering tentacles a meter long, and whose sting causes Irunkandji syndrome, which induces feelings of impending doom, severe pain, and cardiac arrest.
Angered by the IRS’s refusal to allow deductions for all three of his children, a man threatened to turn the raising of two of them over to the government.
Colonel Sanders, as he got older, wasn’t a fan of KFC. According to the Consumerist, in the 1970s, Sanders commented publicly that KFC’s gravy reminded him of “sludge” and the mashed potatoes of “wallpaper paste.” KFC ended up suing its founder, but lost. Why? In part, because, as the court found, “the assertion that the chicken served by Kentucky Fried Chicken Corp. was not prepared exactly according to Sanders’ original recipe was not defamatory. It is almost inevitable that at least slight deviations would occur. Indeed, prospective customers would expect that.”
JELL-O is made from pork skins, horses and cattle bones, or split cattle hides.