By analyzing the faces of Olympic medalists after their events, a peer-reviewed study found that silver medalists feel worse, on average, than bronze medalists. Silver medalists feel unlucky, while bronze medalists feel lucky.
Coca-Cola’s distribution network is being used to transport life-saving medicines to remote regions of Zambia.
There is a bacteria that can survive with almost no nutrients in a spacecraft assembly clean room and is resistant against the sterilization measures used there.
People implant magnets in their fingertips to augment their senses and detect electromagnetic fields.
During the Korean War Air Force pilot James Risner successfully “pushed” his wingman’s incapacitated jet fighter into friendly territory using the nose of his own jet. A maneuver that had never been attempted in history.
Koreans reckon the pregnancy period as one year of life for infants, and age increments increase on New Year’s Day rather than on the anniversary of birthdays. Thus, one born immediately before New Year’s Day may only be a few days old in western reckoning, but two years old in Korea.
There is a group of people in northern California and southern Oregon who wish to secede from their states and create a 51st state, to be called Jefferson.
A US Army veteran, severely depressed after his wife filed divorce, both parents dead of cancer, his equipment stolen, income stopped, utilities cut off, house in foreclosure, stole a TANK from the armory, went on a rampage on the streets destroying cars, was finally shot and killed.
Stalin’s guards were so afraid of him that no one called a doctor until 12 hours after he had a stroke. They feared he might recover and execute anyone who had acted outside of his orders.
Kijong-Dong is a village located in North Korea, by the border to South Korea, built solely for propaganda reasons. It has no residents and many of the buildings have no window glass or furniture, and features fake street sweepers and lights set on timers to make the village appear inhabited.
In 2006 a Norwegian coach gave a ski pole to a Canadian, allowing her to go on to win a silver medal. Canadian citizens were so touched they collectively gave him 5.2 tonnes of Maple Syrup.
Colombian drug trafficker Carlos Lehder bought himself an island in the Bahamas where he put an airstrip which controlled the drugs coming in from South America and entering the US. He became so wealthy he offered to pay Colombia’s foreign debt for amnesty.
During the Cold War, the USSR was able to tell a Soviet passport was a forgery because the staples in real passports would corrode due to the poor quality of metal.
In 2008 Lamborghini gave the Italian state police the world’s fastest police car, a Gallardo LP560-4, which was equipped with a video surveillance camera, gun racks, GPS, organ transplant cooler (in the luggage compartment) and defibrillator. It was crashed the following year.
The word “nice” used to mean “foolish, stupid, senseless,” and comes from the Latin “nescire”, meaning “to be ignorant.”