Starting in 1988, the Harvard Medical School partnered with film and TV studios to insert the concept of the “Designated Driver” into popular consciousness. The project was a huge success.
Jerningham Wakefield, a New Zealand politician was such a notorious drunk, his friends would lock him in Parliament overnight to keep him sober enough to vote the next day. However, this failed in 1872 when his political enemies began lowering bottles of whiskey down the chimney.
563 million years from now the Earth will experience its final total solar eclipse as the moon slowly drifts away.
The 442nd Infantry Regiment, a largely Japanese American unit that served during WWII, did so while their families were held in internment camps. Their motto was “Go for Broke” and they were the most decorated unit in U.S. military history.
A black, Nigerian couple living in the U.K. gave birth to a white, blonde, blue-eyed baby that they call the “miracle baby.”
In the United States, more money is stolen by employers from employees each year than is stolen in robberies, burglaries, larcenies and auto thefts combined. The most common victims of wage theft are low wage workers.
The professions with the lowest rates of sociopathy are, in order: care aide, nurse, therapist, craftsperson, beautician/stylist, charity worker, teacher, creative artist, doctor (excepting surgeons), accountant.
The shoe company ‘Atheist Shoes’ conducted an experiment where they sent packages with ‘Atheist’ brand packing tape and neutral packing tape to the U.S. The ‘Atheist’ marked packages took an average of 3 days longer to ship and where 10 times more likely to disappear.
There is a man in Sweden who received disability benefits for his “addiction” to heavy metal. He reportedly went to 300 concerts in one year which left him unable to hold down a job.
Asbestos in the United States has not been banned and is totally legal. When the Environmental Protection Agency tried to ban it, supporters of the asbestos industry actually overturned the ban in a lawsuit. It is still widely used in products to this day.
Researchers studied cats viewing photos of various bearded men. Cats viewing long beards exhibited paralysis and signs of severe neurological distress. Researchers concluded cats don’t like men with long beards, are indifferent to short beards, and disturbed/confused by incomplete beards.
In 1746, Jean-Antoine Nollet conducted an experiment in which he gathered about two hundred monks into a circle about a mile (1.6 km) in circumference, with pieces of iron wire connecting them. He then discharged a battery of Leyden jars through the human chain and observed that each man reacted at substantially the same time to the electric shock, showing that the speed of electricity’s propagation was very high.
A British Challenger 2 tank was hit directly by 14 RPGs and an anti-tank missile in Iraq. The crew was uninjured and the tank was back in operation 6 hours later. Another survived 70 RPG hits. Only 1 Challenger 2 has been destroyed in combat; by another Challenger 2 in a friendly fire incident.
A Texas A&M study invited people to taste wines labeled “France,” “California,” and “Texas,” and while nearly all ranked the French as best, in fact, all three were the same Texan wine.