People with poor mathematical skills aren’t necessarily bad at math because they are ‘ungifted’. There is a phenomena called ‘Math Anxiety’ that makes people perform worse, which sometimes leads to math avoidance, which leads to lesser knowledge and consequently more Math anxiety.
In Japan, rōnin (the term for a masterless samurai) also nowadays refers to someone who is unemployed.
A NY woman was startled to hear a loud crash in her apartment kitchen followed by the sounds of someone breathing inside her wall. The man inside had climbed into an air vent before falling six stories and getting stuck. He said it was part of the initiation for being new to the building.
A few weeks before Abraham Lincoln was elected president, 11 year old Grace Bedell sent Lincoln a letter encouraging him to grow a beard, writing, “All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease their husbands to vote for you…” By the time of his inauguration, Lincoln had a full beard.
Stanley Kubrick asked journalists to refer to “2001: A Space Odyssey” as “two thousand and one” instead of “twenty-oh-one” hoping it would influence the pronunciation of that year.
Mark Zuckerberg, billionaire and CEO of Facebook, puts tape over his webcam. FBI director James Comey also tapes over his webcam and the American digital rights group EFF sells webcam stickers.
The first woman to have flown into space(1963), Valentina Tereshkova, also volunteered in 2013 to go on a one-way trip to Mars.
The reason people believe breaking a mirror brings 7 years of bad luck is due to ancient Romans believing life renewed itself every 7 years and that breaking a mirror would damage one’s self until the next 7 year renewal period.
The US military sends its doctors to Chicago to give them practice for gunshot wounds.