Green grass that covers nearly every lawn in America is not native to the Americas. The Europeans brought it over when they settled and it slowly dominated prairie grass.
These are some of the most bold things ever said by people in or before battle:
“I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you f*ck with me, I’ll kill you all.”
–James Mattis to the recently defeated Iraqi military leaders.
“We’ve been looking for the enemy for some time now. We’ve finally found him. We’re surrounded. That simplifies things.”
–Chesty Puller, during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir.
“Before We’re Through With Them, the Japanese Language Will Be Spoken Only in Hell.”
–William Halsey Jr., as he surveyed the damage at Pearl Harbor.
We all know Sir Isaac Newton was a brilliant mathematician and scientist, but the discoverer of gravity also had flashes of odd behavior. He once stuck a large needle into his eye socket to test his theories about vision, and later in life completely withdrew from his friends, becoming paranoid and confused. It is thought that he may have gone mad after poisoning himself in metal experiments.
During prohibition, the US government ordered poison be added to industrial alcohol to discourage consumption. People continued to drink it, so the government mandated more potent poison and it killed as many as 10,000 people.
An investment bank which lost 75% of its employees in 9/11 sued American Airlines for negligence in allowing terrorists on board, and won $135 million.
A 1993 study published in the British Medical Journal, titled “Is Friday 13th bad for your health?” concluded:
Friday 13th is unlucky for some. The risk of hospital admission as a result of a transport accident may be increased by as much as 52%. Staying at home is recommended.
The first recorded flight of a human with artificial wings happened in the year 6 CE. Emperor Kao Yang liked to strap kites to his prisoners and throw them off of towers. One lucky guy, Yuan Huang T’ou, got a kite that worked well enough to carry him safely to the ground.
Bottlenose dolphins have longest memory among non-humans – they can recognize whistles of their mates after being separated for more than 20 years.
Bank of America wrongfully foreclosed a couple, who sued and won a judgement for $2500 in Legal fees. When Bank of America didn’t pay, the couple showed up at the bank with a moving company, a deputy, and a writ allowing them to start seizing furniture and/or cash.