The Illinois toll roads were originally intended to collect tolls until the bonds to construct them were paid off. The toll roads were constructed in 1953.
Thomas Jefferson tried for years to send a gigantic stuffed moose to a French count to counter claims that the North American climate made all animals (including people) weak and feeble.
The inventor of the office cubicle grew to believe “The cubicle-izing of people in modern corporations is monolithic insanity.”
A priest on the Titanic refused to board a life boat twice, and instead stayed behind to hear confessions and give absolution to the people left on the ship.
Once out of office, President Harry Truman decided that he did not wish to be on any corporate payroll, believing that taking advantage of such financial opportunities would diminish the integrity of the office. He had no personal savings. His only income was his old army pension: $113 per month.
Verizon made a deal in 1994 with the PA state gov. to provide the entire state with fiber internet by 2014, it received 2.1 billion in tax breaks, but never fulfilled it’s part of the contract.
Snoop Dogg is one of the voice options for TomTom GPS devices.
Monica’s apartment from “Friends” is estimated to cost $3,500,000.
NASA engineers and employees in the firing room celebrate successful launches with a tradition of eating beans.
A Canadian Non-Profit organization began teaching Vancouver-area alcoholics how to brew their own beer and make wine in an effort to keep them from drinking alternate sources of alcohol, like rubbing alcohol, mouthwash, and hand sanitizer.
An American Army Air Force officer deserted in Pakistan during WW II, hitched a ride to Italy, stole a P-38 plane, deserted with the plane to the Nazis and became an officer in the SS.
Something astoundingly huge in a distant region of space is attracting whole galaxies towards it. Known as “The Great Attractor”, it must be monumental in size to generate such a gravitational pull; in fact, many physicists argue that it is physically impossible for such a massive object to exist at all.
For eight years, a 23-year-old British man was trapped in constant deja vu. The man’s condition was so persistent he avoided watching television, listening to the radio and reading newspapers because he felt he had “encountered it all before”. He once went to get a haircut. As he walked in, he got a feeling of deja vu. Then he had deja vu of the deja vu. He couldn’t think of anything else.
An undercover cop got a straight A high school student to fall in love with her, and then made him find her weed. He was then arrested and expelled.
In an international study that looked at age and happiness, people were their unhappiest at 46 years old.