In 2008, a 30 second Doritos television advertisement was beamed by radar to a solar system 42 light years away.
For over a decade teachers and principals in Atlanta erased wrong answers and filled in the right ones in students’ tests. At one school, the faculty held weekend pizza parties to correct answers before turning them in. Over the course of a single year, scores at the school jumped 45 percent.
US continues to violate U.N. Convention Against Torture signed 20 years ago.
In 1844, in a case of mass hysteria, a convent of nuns began “meowing” together everyday for several hours. Eventually the neighbors complained and soldiers threatened to whip the nuns until they stopped meowing.
One twin from a premature birth was declared clinically dead, came back to life after laying on his mother’s chest for two hours.
In Wales in 1950 a man was wrongfully executed for the murder of his wife and daughter. It is the reason capital punishment is outlawed in the UK today.
There are people in Kenema, Sierra Leone, Africa that think Ebola is a hoax created by doctors to steal blood from patients. Rioters are trying to break down the hospital gates and rescue the patients inside. Police are using tear gas and live bullets to disperse the rioters.
A Chinese millionaire began selling cans of fresh air for $0.80 a can in response to China’s worsening air pollution. He made over $6 million dollars in a 10 month period.
Human poop and farts get their foul smell from the chemical compounds Skatole and Indole (among others). At low concentrations, these compounds smell flowery, and are used in perfumes. USA and Israel have used Skatole in crowd control sprays—the stench does not wash off skin for 3 days.
Victorinox the manufacturer of the Swiss Army Knife lost 40% of its business due to the 9/11 attack.
Lou Pai is a former Enron executive who cashed out $270 million in stock and left the company right before it collapsed, divorced his wife, married an exotic dancer, bought an enormous piece of Colorado, sold it and then disappeared into obscurity.
A team of developers is taking the glow in the dark enzyme that is in certain Jellyfish and Fireflies and is creating bioluminescent trees. These trees can potentially light up public streets while being energy-neutral.
John Lennon beat a man close to death because of a gay joke.
A man faked his death, lived next door without his kids knowing, fled to Panama with his wife on a fake passport, tried to build a hotel using his insurance money, after a visa policy change he returned home and pretended not to remember anything; his ruse was revealed by a Google search.
In China, women who remain unmarried until their late 20s are given the term “leftover women”.