A retired teacher who had been struggling for breath for months was amazed when doctors told him there was a pea plant growing in his lung.
Believe it or not, the common cold is incurable. Symptoms can be treated but not fully eradicated.
An adopted man in Michigan searched for his birth mother for 4 years before finding out that she worked at the same Lowe’s store that he worked at. Neither of them knew.
Ted Kennedy drove a car into the water, then fled the scene as his passenger died. He only received a two-month suspended jail sentence.
The Stasi (East German Secret Police) used a psychological technique called Zersetzung, which involved things like breaking into a targets house and rearranging things, calling in the middle of the night, and sending dildos.
The voice actor of Boo in Monsters, Inc. was so young, it was difficult to get her to stand in the recording studio. The solution: they followed her around with a microphone.
In the early 1900s French gangsters used a weapon called an Apache Revolver that functioned as a revolver, a knife, and brass knuckles.
In 1922, people rioted over whether it was okay or not to wear a straw hat past the “socially acceptable” date of September 15, in New York. The riot lasted 8 days and led to multiple arrests. Gangs of teenagers prowled the streets wielding large sticks, sometimes with a nail driven through the top, looking for pedestrians wearing straw hats and beating those who resisted.
When doctors go on strike, the death rate stays level or drops.
Most mermaid “sightings” were most likely manatees, dugongs, or Steller’s sea cows. In fact, Christopher Columbus spotted 3 manatees near the Dominican Republic and would later write that mermaids are “not half as beautiful as they are painted.”
Animal Planet aired a fake documentary about the existence of mermaids that convinced thousand of viewers. Twice.
A man was supposed to be on both doomed Malaysian Air flights. Dutch cyclist Maarten de Jonge had a ticket for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370, but changed his ticket at the last second. The plane still hasn’t been found. He was also scheduled to fly on Flight MH 17, but ended up changing his ticket for another flight.
An asthmatic boy died in a severe asthma attack because the school forbid asthma inhalers; while the boy was dying, the inhalers sat in a safe at the principal’s office.