Wheel of Fortune’s Vanna White sued Samsung Electronics in 1993 over its use of a humorous ad featuring a robot turning letters on a game show, alleging a violation of her personality rights. White was ultimately awarded $403,000 in damages.
The human eye is different from most animals in that we have a large sclera — the white part of the eye. It’s theorized that we evolved this so we could silently communicate where we are looking.
A man born premature with cerebral palsy, was unable to swallow on his own until the age of 1, is blind, was unable to speak or walk until the age of 16, began playing Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No.1 on piano in the middle of the night at age 16. He now can play any song after hearing it only once.
Humans are not the only primate that curse. Chimps do it to. In project Washoe, chimps being taught sign language internalized taboos around the toilet, with the sign “dirty” representing something shameful. They started using that sign as an admonition or to express anger, like a swear word.
Carl McCunn, a wildlife photographer, arranged to be flown out to remote Alaskan wilderness but forgot to schedule when he’d be picked up. He wrote of a plane spotting him stranded, in his excitement he accidentally gave the pilot an “All is well” signal, his diary was found with his body.
Pet food tasters (humans) serve as professional quality control for pet food. They make up to $120k/year.
The figure in “The Scream” isn’t actually screaming; he’s listening to a scream passing through nature.
The East German secret police preferred not to arrest people, but rather use “biodegradation” to paralyze enemies of the state: organizing failures at their workplace, destroying their friendships, and ruining their reputation.
In 2010 a group of hackers hacked the 2010 School Board e-voting system in Washington DC, and got Bender (from Futurama) elected.
Some deaf people with schizophrenia don’t experience the common symptom of hearing voices, but rather, they see visual hallucinations of disembodied hands or lips making words.