Vikings used ravens to navigate. They brought ravens aboard their ships, then released them and sailed in the same direction to find land. The raven was so important to them that it became the symbol on their flag.
Bill Haast, known as “Snake Man,” was bitten by venomous snakes more than 170 times. By injecting himself with snake venom daily for over 60 years, he saved countless lives with his antibody rich blood. He lived to be 100.
George Reeves, the actor who played Superman in the 1950s was wary because some fans tried to test his “invulnerability.” At one appearance a young fan pulled a pistol on him. Reeves convinced him to hand over the gun by telling him that a bystander could be hurt when the bullets bounced off
According to Article VIII of the Outer Space Treaty of 1967, you can be arrested for a crime committed anywhere in the known universe.
70% of Americans either hate their jobs or are completely disengaged from them.
The Tsar Bomba, which was the most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated, yielded 50-58 megatons of TNT. That is equivalent to about 10 times the combined power of all the conventional explosives used by all the armies in WW2.
Wilt Chamberlain, one of the greatest players in NBA history, was a noted scorer on and off the court. He was a lifelong bachelor, and claimed to have had sex with over 20,000 different women.
In 1982, “Lawn Chair Larry” took flight in a homemade airship which consisted of an ordinary patio chair attached to 45 helium-filled weather balloons. Armed with a pellet gun, he rose to over 15,000 feet, and enjoyed cold beer and sandwiches before making his miraculous descent.
The Beastie Boys coined the term “mullet” to refer to a hairstyle in 1994 in their song “Mullet Head”. No earlier use of the term “mullet” that refers to a hairstyle has been found.
A man in Africa single handedly stopped the desertification of his region by reviving ancient farming and irrigation techniques despite being ridiculed by his community.
Canada sterilized indigenous school girls till the mid 1990s.
Men and women see colors differently. In general, women are better at discriminating among colors while men excel at tracking fast-moving objects and discerning detail from a distance.
53% of US cable customers would leave their current provider if they had a choice and 73% feel their cable provider engages in “predatory practices”.
If the strange matter hypothesis is correct, it is speculated that a strangelet coming into contact with an ordinary lump of matter could convert the ordinary matter to strange matter. In a disaster scenario, all the nuclei of all the atoms of Earth are converted, and Earth is reduced to a hot, large lump of strange matter.
In the aftermath of WW2, over 1500 scientists, technicians, and engineers from Nazi Germany and other foreign countries were recruited by the United States instead of being prosecuted for war crimes. In fact, the German rocket program was a significant contributor to NASA’s entry into the space race.