A U.S. FDA study showed 90% of more than 100 drugs, prescription and over-the-counter, “were perfectly good to use even 15 years after the expiration date.” The U.S. military saved $260 million in five years by not discarding expired drugs.
During their expedition Lewis and Clark brought packs of “thunderclappers,” ridiculously strong laxatives made of 60 percent mercury. Due to the strength of the laxatives and the longevity of mercury, scientists can track the route of the expedition by following deposits.
Treadmills used to be used as punishment for prisoners in the 1800’s. The treadmills powered grain mills (hence the name treadmill) and pump water.
The Soviet launch of Sputnik, the first artificial satellite, was such a shocking event that at least one theater manager stopped the movie to announce it. The movie was _Earth vs. the Flying Saucers_, and in the audience was a young Stephen King.
A man who was napping under a tree and had his skull crushed by a 16 pound pinecone sued various governmental agencies for $5 million due to the lack of warning signs.
In Denmark, if you are unmarried at 25, you’ll get cinnamon thrown all over you on your birthday.
In 2012 alone, an estimated 2.8 million dog owners gave their dogs antidepressants.