In 1942, 13-year-old Seaman Calvin Graham was decorated for valor in battle. Then his mother learned where he’d been and revealed his secret to the Navy.
The IRS was supposed to be a temporary measure. Its only period of suspension to date has been 1872-1894.
Jason Lewis became the first person to circumnavigate the Earth without using motors or sails. He walked, cycled, and inline skated 5 continents, and kayaked, swam, rowed, and pedalled a boat across the rivers, seas, and oceans. It took him 13 years to complete, the 46,505-mile journey.
A cynic named Diogenes had no regard for wealth or honor. He was once sitting outside when Alexander the Great approached and asked if he wanted anything; he replied, “yes, stand a little out of my sun.” The awestruck king said “truly if I were not Alexander, I would wish to be Diogenes.”
An identity thief stole the identity of a surgeon and while aboard a Navy destroyer was tasked with performing several life saving surgeries. He proceeded to memorize a medical textbook just before hand and all the patients survived.
The discoverer of a gene for Green Fluorescent Protein lost his grant, didn’t get tenure, left academe and was working at a car dealership in Huntsville, Alabama, when he learned that former colleagues had won the Nobel Prize using the gene he sequenced.
An elephant in India, while helping villagers lift logs, refused to lower a log into a certain hole because a dog was sleeping in it. Only after the dog was chased away would the elephant lower the log into the hole.
Maned wolf pee smells like cannabis, so much so that the police once searched the Rotterdam Zoo for pot smokers because someone mistook the pee smell for marijuana.
Shoe swapping was a high school fad in 1947.
Dogs have a bacteria on their paws that make them smell like corn chips, which is commonly referred to as “Frito Feet.”
Hitachi once produced an ATM that heated bills to 200 degrees C to kill any bacteria, then ironed them before dispensing.
When asked what future technology they would most like to have, young adults answered “time travel” more than any age group, while 30-to-49-year-olds wanted robot servants more than any other age group. Senior citizens were the least interested in time travel.
AT&T almost caused nuclear war. In 1961, the US lost contact with its early warning systems. Assuming the USSR had attacked, bombers were scrambled but recalled when contact was made with an EWS base. The phone blackout was caused by a faulty AT&T switch they had promised to replace.
Jim Carrey got paid 7 million for Dumb & Dumber and Jeff Daniels got 50 grand.