A 2011 study revealed that people who eat candy weigh less than those who don’t. The study was sponsored by the “National Confectioners Association”.
A man was convicted and hanged in 1673 using the testimony of ghosts that appeared in dreams to witnesses.
Back in the Reagan era (1987), Joel Slater became so angry at U.S. policies, that he decided to renounce his American citizenship. But, he didn’t acquire citizenship of another country first, so he made himself stateless.
When he renounced his citizenship he was in Australia, and he wrongly assumed that he would be able to stay there. But, Australia promptly deported him to the U.S. Then, he managed to make it into Canada and Mexico without a passport, but eventually he was shipped back to the States. Also, he couldn’t legally work without a social security number. So he became homeless, surviving on “odd jobs and the generosity of strangers.”
Finally, in 1993, after much begging and pleading, he was able to regain his U.S. citizenship.
The superstition that the position of stars during your birth affects your life was refuted by the mathematician Pythagoras, by simply pointing out that twins don’t have the same future.
In 2014, a spiritual healer in Pakistan claimed he could resurrect the dead. A 40 year old man volunteered to die. Once the healer realised the volunteer wasn’t coming back to life, he was taken into custody.
A 2.5 year old girl, Michelle Funk fell into a creek and was submerged for 66 minutes. When rescuers arrived she didn’t have pulse and was not breathing. 3+ hours after that, her blood was warmed. When it reached 77 degrees F. she came back to life and is still living to this day.
As far back as the 1930s drivers could buy an “analog GPS” unit featuring moving maps of your location, route and destination – “Thought to be the first automated car-mounted navigation device, the gadget was tied into the speedometer in order to pace travel progress.”