In 1978 a lone pilot flying in Australia reported to air traffic control that he was being accompanied by an aircraft above him. Asked to identify the aircraft, he radioed “It isn’t an aircraft”. His plane disappeared and has never been found.
The first American spy satellites literally dropped their film from space in a “film bucket” that was then scooped up in midair by a plane.
There are over 100 million people in the world today who have Irish ancestry, which is more than fifteen times the population of 6.4 million on the entire island of Ireland.
At midnight on Dec 30th, 1899, a ship positioned itself at the intersection of the date line and equator, such that the bow and stern occupied different seasons, hemispheres, days, years, and centuries. For the ship, Dec 31st never occurred.
The first person to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge was a professional high diver who “wanted to demonstrate that people did not die simply from falling through the air, thus encouraging people to be willing to jump from a burning building into a net.” He proved himself correct by falling 135 feet safely through the air, only dying when he hit the water.
Detroit Tiger pitcher Daniel Norris purposely lives off just $800 a month, despite a $2 million signing bonus. When asked why he chooses to continue to live so conservatively. He asked back, “Who am I to deserve that? What have I really done?”
In the 1930’s, a photographer named Arthur Fellig (aka Weegee) installed a police-band shortwave radio in his car and maintained a complete darkroom in the trunk. He’d often beat authorities to the scene, then sell his gory photos to the tabloids.
Women were not allowed to wear pants on the U.S. Senate floor until 1993 after Senators Barbara Mikulski and Carol Moseley Braun defiantly staged a protest by wearing pantsuits.
Between 73% and 100% of all individuals with schizophrenia living in Germany between 1939 and 1945 were sterilized or killed. Today Germany does not show deviation from first world levels of schizophrenia.