In 1962, an intruder climbing the fence at a Minnesota air base set off the “sabotage alarm” in all bases in the area. In one base, due to wrong wiring, the Klaxon was sounded ordering nuclear-armed aircraft to take off, and the pilots believed WW3 has started. The original intruder was a bear.
The President of Ecuador offered to let the US keep an airbase in his country, but only if Ecuador could have a base in Miami.
More exotic animals live in American homes than in American zoos. And we’re not talking about hermit crabs. It’s estimated that there are at least 5,000 tigers held captive in private homes. And nobody is licensing or regulating these pet owners.
An aboriginal artist only discovered that one of his designs had been used on the Australian $1 note when someone brought a wad of cash to his village in 1966. He was compensated with a medallion, a fishing tackle box and $1,000.
A majority of people who’ve had a near-death-experience report sensations of detachment from the body, total serenity, warmth and the presence of a light. However a minority have reported panic, anguish, desperation, intense loneliness and the sensing of evil, malevolent forces.
In 1957, a terminal cancer patient was given a worthless drug that caused his tumors to “melt like snowballs on a hot stove.” When he found out it was proven worthless, his cancer returned. He was given a placebo version and it went away again. He learned the truth, then died soon after.
UFO sightings have reduced by over 80% since the introduction of smartphones and public access to HD video.
When Einstein died in 1955, the physician who conducted his autopsy at Princeton stole his brain and took it home to perform “research”, for which he was ultimately fired after refusing to return the brain. Decades later, he drove to California to return the brain to Einstein’s granddaughter.
One theory on why we are ticklish is that it serves as a mechanism for developing combat skills. Most often practiced from parent to child, tickling activates vulnerable areas on the body that develop a defensive reaction while producing laughter that encourages the ‘attacker’ to continue.
A 33-year-old mother took the place of her 15-year-old daughter to attend high school and join the cheerleading team.
The letter ‘E’ used to designate a failing grade until it was phased out by the 1930′s over fear of students interpreting it to mean ‘excellent’.
James Bond has killed 150 men and has slept with 44 women since the first movie came out in 1962.
Anytime you see an ingredients list that includes carmine, cochineal extract or natural red 4, the product contains crushed up bugs.
The first ever parking sign was from c. 700BC, Ancient Assyria, and read “ROYAL ROAD – LET NO MAN DECREASE IT”. The penalty was being impaled in front of your house.