There are two famous guys named Hippocrates. One for medicine and one for mathematics.
Oktoberfest beer is typically around 6% ABV, far stronger and sweeter than typical German lager. It’s easy to get dehydrated and many people pass out. These people are called Bierleichen (German for “Beer Corpses.”)
A chimpanzee named Frodo has impregnated his own mother, killed a human infant, attacked cartoonist Gary Larson, and beat the head of primatologist Jane Goodall so badly, he almost broke her neck.
The ‘Miss Cleo free tarot reading’ psychic hotline was generating $24 million a month for two years straight. The Miss Cleo herself only earned $1,750 for the three days it took to film the first infomercial.
There is a frog from Africa, Trichobatrachus robustus, that breaks a bone in its toe pad, pushes the sharp broken bone through it’s skin, and tries to shank you with it if it feels threatened.
Spree killer Mark Essex sniped policeman, set traps, and used tactical distractions to wage war against the City New Orleans. He was so effective that a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter was loaned to the police so they could counter attack him while perched atop a hotel in a fortified position.
The city with the highest crime rate in the US is East St. Louis, IL; its murder rate is 101 per 100k residents, which is more than double that of the city with the number 2 murder rate, Gary, IN, and also higher than the country of Honduras, whose murder rate is the highest in the world.
A New Orleans police officer committed an armed robber murdering a uniformed policeman and two employees in the process. One employee hid in the freezer and was spared, the officer returned to “investigate” the crime and was identified by the survivor as the shooter.
Since 2011 a 60 year old Australian man has been paid by local councils in Sydney to have sex with prostitutes in illegal brothels to gather evidence so they can be shut down.
A man named Walter Summerford was struck by lightning 3 times in his life. After his death, his gravestone was also struck.
After Mark Twain met Helen Keller at a dinner party he was so impressed with her that he wrote to the wife Henry H. Rogers, a wealthy oil magnate, pleading her to convince her husband to support Keller’s education. Mr. Rogers agreed and personally paid her entire education.
The most senior crayon maker for Crayola revealed at his retirement party that he was colorblind his entire time working for the company.
Marina de Tommaso, Michele Sardaro and Paolo Livrea won this year’s Ig Nobel Prize for measuring the relative pain people suffer while looking at an ugly painting, rather than a pretty painting, while being shot (in the hand) by a powerful laser beam. Here are more scientific findings that won the highest honors at the 24th annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony.
Coca-Cola still uses coca leaves in its signature syrup, and there is only one factory in the US with the unique DEA license required to remove the cocaine.
Mika Brzezinski, an MSNBC News Anchor, refused to read a report about Paris Hilton’s release from jail on National Television and ranking it over a story on the Iraq War. Then after repeatingly being pressured to do the story, she attempted to light the script on fire on the air.