The wife’s happiness is more important than her husband’s when it comes to keeping a happy, lasting marriage, in a study that surveyed older couples married for an average of 39 years.
Tom Cruise admits that Kate Holmes divorced him in part to keep their daughter away from Scientology.
In 1973, a psychiatrist named David Rosenhan sent eight people with no history of mental illness to mental hospitals. The staff couldn’t tell they were sane. It took some 2 months to get out.
Pretending to have a mental disorder, is a mental disorder.
A woman donated a kidney to her boss, who then fired her when she took too long to recover from the operation.
Thomas W. Murphy, a Mormon anthropologist, set about to prove that Native Americans descended from the “lost tribe of Israel” (as posited in the Book of Mormon), only to prove that their DNA descended from those of Siberian origin. His research nearly led to his excommunication from the church.
There is a deadly mushroom called ‘Destroying Angel’. Hours after eating it the victim will experience nausea and vomiting. The following day they may experience the ‘walking ghost’ phase where they feel ok, but the damage done to their cells is irreversible and they will almost certainly perish.
Oreos are over 100 years old and are a knock off of a cookie called Hydrox, which itself suffered from the impression that it was a knock off of Oreo and fell into obscurity.
In the US, the “we’ll be back after these messages” often seen during kid shows of the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s were mandated by the FCC to help children differentiate between the TV show and commercials.
Raisa Gorbachev once told a British minister there were more than 300 ways to cook potatoes in the USSR. When he had doubts, she sent him a cookbook and a note: “My apologies for being somewhat inaccurate: in fact, there are five hundred, rather than three hundred, recipes to cook potatoes.”
When a Holocaust denial group offered $50,000 dollars to “prove that Jews were gassed at Auschwitz,” a camp survivor, Mel Mermelstein sent them definitive proof. When they refused to pay, he sued them and was given $90,000 when the court noted, “It is simply a fact.”
It is illegal to refuse a person a glass of water in the state of Arizona.
As a Presidential candidate in 1968, Richard Nixon secretly sabotaged a peace deal in Vietnam. The war went on for 5 more years.
The “Alexandra Limp” was a short lived fad in Victorian London. Fashionable young women mimicked the limp of Princess Alexandra. Canny shopkeepers even started selling mismatched footwear, with one high heel, and one low. The practice was widely ridiculed, even at the time.