In 1993 a Missouri man purposely damaged a levee on the Mississippi river to delay his wife coming home from work so he could party. Instead the river flooded 14,000 acres. He was later arrested and convicted of causing a catastrophe and sentenced to life in prison.
Wearing a white t-shirt with a large letter “T” on the front is scientifically proven to make you 10% more attractive to women.
Economists have pointed out that if all the money spent on federal antipoverty programs were given to the poor, a family of four would have an annual income near $70,000. They get less than half the money given in their name; most goes to fund the bureaucracies that run the programs.
The typical tax evader in the United States is a male under the age of 50 in the highest tax bracket and with a complicated return, and the most common means of tax evasion is overstatement of charitable contributions, particularly church donations.
When going to battle Rajputs would fashion false trunks for their horses, making them appear to be baby elephants which the enemy’s elephants instinctively would not attack.
Because the Russians did such a great job embalming Lenin, the Vietnamese flew Ho Chi Minh’s corpse to Russia once a year for a “refresh.”
There was a woman in 1972 who possessed a visual acuity 20 times better than average. She could identify people at a distance of more than a mile (1.6 km).
Jerry Lee Lewis courted so much controversy by marrying his 13 year old cousin at the age of 22 that he went from playing $10,000 concert halls to $250 dollar a night dive bars.
Here’s a brief interview with Jerry Lee Lewis and Myra shortly after their marriage.
A company in the UK uses the foreskins of circumcised babies to develop an anti-wrinkle cosmetic treatments.
The guy who snagged windows2000.com happened to be named Bob and Microsoft just happened to own Bob.com. They came to an agreement to trade one for the other.
Astronaut Michael Collin’s secret fear was that he had to return to Earth alone, leaving Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stranded on the moon. He sometimes thought it would be better to not have that option.
The Eiffel Tower requires 50 to 60 tonnes of paint to cover the entire structure. The tower is also painted a lighter shade at the bottom and a darker shade near the top to counteract the effect of atmospheric perspective.
Americans spend around $30 billion in lawn care, annually.
There is a pet penguin named La La in Japan. Everyday he walks into town by himself with a backpack and collects fish from the local fish market.
Burger King had a promotion where if you unfriend 10 people on Facebook you get a free whopper.