In 1969, the U.S. under Nixon went into nuclear readiness alert and flew nuclear armed fighter jets along Soviet airspace for three days. This was part of Nixon’s Madman Theory, in which he tried to give off the image that he was unstable to make sure the Soviets would never provoke the U.S.
People literally grow trees and roots into bridges, chairs, “people trees”, ladders, fences, jungle gyms, tunnels, etc… It’s known as “Tree Shaping.” Theoretically, it can even be used to grow homes.
Colorado switched mile marker “420″ to “419.99″ in order to stop people from stealing it. The number 420 is often used as a reference to smoking marijuana.
34 years ago, Carl Sagan stated that the total energy picked up by all the radio telescopes on the entire planet in all of history is less than the energy of “a single snowflake hitting the ground”. The count is now around 2 snowflakes.
The longest prison sentence in the world was 141,078 years for running a Thai pyramid scheme.
A painting bought by a priest for £400 was revealed on Antiques Roadshow UK to be the work of the 17th Century master Sir Anthony Van Dyck, worth £400,000. The priest was happy to have the extra money to buy new church bells.
There is a frog which lets itself completely freeze into a ‘frogsicle’ every Winter. Its heart stills, blood stops flowing, and eyes go white because its lenses freeze. In the Summer it thaws and hops away, good as new.
In 1953 there was a dog named Lampo who would ride trains in Italy. He memorized the schedules and would go on longer and longer trips to places all around Europe. In his life time it is estimated that took about 3,000 different rides and became famous around train stations through out the nation.
Approximately 8% of all rams (male sheep) exhibit an exclusive sexual preference for other rams and this preference is linked to a decreased volume of a particular brain region compared to “straight” rams.
The only Japanese who survived the Titanic lost his job because he was known as a coward in Japan for not dying with the other passengers.
During the Invasion of Normandy, Scottish Bagpiper, Bill Millin, contrary to British Command, in the thick of battle, marched up & down the beach playing his Pipes. When his unit captured German snipers, they asked why Millin wasn’t shot. They said they didn’t shoot because he was clearly insane.
Meth was invented in Japan. At first it was used to curb hunger and energize Japanese citizens. Later it was given to Kamikaze pilots, soldiers and wartime factory workers. It is now controlled and distributed by the Yakuza.
A Brooklyn businessman sued the credit-reporting agency Equifax for falsely reporting him as having no financial history because their system rejected his first name — God.
In 1970 cannabis was placed in Schedule-1 category of controlled drugs “Temporarily” while the Nixon Administration awaited the Shafer Report, which ended up calling for the immediate end to cannabis prohibition.
A 61-Year old potato farmer won a 544 Ultramarathon because he continued to run whilst the other competitors slept.