A man who attempted to commit suicide changed his mind at the last minute resulting in a chain reaction train wreck killing 11. He was later sentenced to 11 consecutive life sentences.
Preventing an abort of the Apollo 11 mission has been attributed to the work of Margaret Hamilton, the lead flight software designer for Project Apollo. She was 31 when the lunar module landed on the moon, running her code, and is credited for coining the term “software engineering.”
If the Hoover Dam’s 3.25 million cubic yards of concrete was poured all at once, it would have taken 125 years to cool.
A RAF pilot accidentally took off with a woman sitting on the tail of the aircraft. After a brief flight, the aircraft, pilot and “passenger’ landed safely.
In 2008 in New Jersey, more than 30 officers, including SWAT team members, were engaged in a standoff with a non-responsive supposed bank robber for over an hour before realizing ‘she’ was a cardboard cut-out.
A man was sentenced to 20 hours of Beethoven after being caught for playing rap music too loud, as an alternative to a full fine. He only lasted 15 minutes before leaving.
Students who have been in DARE classes are more likely to use drugs than their non-DARE peers.
Laika, the first dog in space, did not die peacefully of poison after six days as initially reported, but rather within seven hours of launch, likely due to overheating caused by a faulty temperature control system. The russians acknowledge the importance of laika several times over including a statue.
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Canada declared war on Japan before the United States did.
By peeing in the shower, you can save around 2,500 liters per person per household.
In the 50’s one of the major attractions at Las Vegas was watching atomic bomb tests nearby. For a time Vegas was marketed as ‘Atomic City.’
Dr. Kelsey, despite immense pressure from pharmaceutical companies, decided not to approve thalidomide for morning sickness in the U.S., saving a whole generation of children from death and deformities.
Bullying, child abuse, and stress causes children to age faster at a cellular level and leads to physical and mental health problems even decades later, including an earlier death.
The USS Arizona, which was sunk at Pearl Harbor by the Japanese 73 years ago today, still leaks 2-9 quarts of oil each day.
A pizza with bacon and egg on it is a common offering at Australian pizza places.