In 1907 a Mexican railroad worker named Jesus Garcia saved an entire mining town by jumping onto a burning train loaded with dynamite. Realizing the fire was spreading, he drove the train in reverse downhill at full-steam for 6km before the dynamite exploded, killing him but sparing the town.
The British Army considered (and attempted) training seagulls to poo on enemy submarines periscopes before realizing that seagulls don’t fly that far out to sea.
Clint Eastwood once ran for mayor of a small town in California. Part of his campaign platform was overturning a ban on ice cream parlors. He won.
Ancient Romans used ammonia from urine to wash togas in a manner similar to modern day dry cleaning, and the collection of urine was taxed.
A man kayaked from Germany to Australia between 1932-1939 only to arrive and be detained as a POW due to the outbreak of WW2.
A man saved President Ford from assassination then had his life ruined as the media outed him as gay
Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell gave their entire salaries from the movie “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassius” to Heath Ledger’s daughter.
In 2013, a researcher at UW managed the first human to human brain interface through the Internet by wearing a cap and playing a video game. When he wanted to shoot a missile, he thought “fire” and another researcher across campus’s finger moved involuntarily and pressed the fire button.
A family fighting a $474,000 hospital bill, got charged $12 for each of those little paper cups nurses give you when they administer pills.