Tolkien developed a secret code with his wife in WW1, strictly illegal, so that she could track his progress on the map.
A Mexican man told his daughter he worked at the WTC. She never heard from him again after 9/11 — she’s certain he died in the attacks. Authorities wonder if he used the tragedy as a chance to start a new life in California and didn’t tell her. They removed his name from the 9/11 memorial.
H&R Block once discovered that their own taxes were too complex for them to manage.
After Russia outlawed virtually all gambling in 2009. A Russian engineer learned how to cheat slot machines. He took his knowledge to the US and won $21,000. Casinos still have no fix for it.
Gordon Ramsay set up a business inside a London prison which allows prisoners bake goods which are sold on the outside, providing the prison with financial support and giving the prisoners the culinary skills and work experience they need in order to get honest work after their sentence.
At 73 years old, Ronald Reagan received a recruiting letter from the Marine Corps while he was President.
The Pentagon was constructed with twice the number of bathrooms needed for the number of employees because segregated Virginia at the time required separate facilities for “white” and “colored” persons.
Paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that forces the reader or listener to reinterpret the first part. An example being, “On the other hand, you have different fingers”.
Steve-O was a clown and graduated from Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College.