A woman sued a hospital claiming a CAT Scan made her lose her psychic powers.
Two scientists skinned, boiled and swallowed a shrew without chewing it, and then carefully examined the excrement and how the carcass reacts within the human digestive system. They were rewarded the ‘Ig Noble Prize’ for their findings.
A chemistry grad student accidentally synthesized the chemical MPTP and gave himself Parkinsonian Syndrome while trying to make opioids – accidentally advancing Parkinson’s research at his own expense. His parkinsonism was successfully treated with levodopa but he died 18 months later from a cocaine overdose.
When an online college in the US jokingly offered, as an April Fools gag, a course called ‘Underwater Basket Weaving’ (a notorious code for a do-nothing class) the school was forced to apologize when they were accused of being disrespectful to indigenous cultures.
An Oregon woman called 911 to report that a man, wanted by police, was breaking into her house. The dispatcher told her that due to budget cuts the police could not respond. The man eventually broke in and raped her.
On Christmas, 1979 the first president of Equatorial Guinea had 150 of his opponents killed; Soldiers dressed up in Santa Clause outfits and executed them in a football stadium while amplifiers played “Those Were the Days”.
Two Domino’s Pizza employees in North Carolina were arrested in 2009 after a video surfaced on the Internet that showed one of them putting cheese up his nose while preparing sandwiches, farting on salami slices, and blowing his nose on the food, as the second employee filmed.
In 2009, a 13-year-old kid with aspergers, having feared being scolded by his mother, decided to runaway and disappear by riding the NYC subway for 11 days. Despite being heavily monitored 24/7, no one noticed him.
The word Mortgage is a French Law term meaning “death pledge”. It doesn’t refer to the person (like a pledge to pay until death) or anything sinister like that. It refers to the fact that the deal “dies” either when payments cease or the principle is paid.
Humans aren’t appropriate prey for great white sharks because their digestion is too slow to cope with the high ratio of bone to muscle and fat.
The revolution that transformed Brazil into a republic was so uneventful that the few witnesses present didn’t even know it happened and the dethroned Emperor didn’t even care.
The full title of Pope Francis is:
“His Holiness Francis, Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, Primate of Italy, Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Roman Province, Sovereign of the Vatican City State, Servant of the servants of God.”
He does not use it in full very often.
While viewing 1980′s The Blue Lagoon, a herpetologist noticed iguanas in the background with characteristics unseen in documented species. He then traveled to Fiji, tracked & named the Fiji Crested Iguana.
The President of France in 1920 was completely mad. He greeted the British ambassador wearing nothing but his official decorations and once walked out of a state meeting and jumped in a lake fully clothed.
Until 2001 Disney required employees dressed as characters to share communal underwear.