The computer mouse, video conferencing, teleconferencing, hypertext, word processing, hypermedia, object addressing and dynamic file linking, bootstrapping, and a collaborative real-time editor were all demonstrated for the first time in what is the called the “mother of all demos” back in 1968.
1-3% of the population are known as the sleepless elite. This group of people routinely get 6 hours or less of sleep daily and remain totally functional.
There is a resident in MIT’s Random Hall called “The Milk” that is an expired carton of milk coming up on 22 years past its expiration date.
Scientists in the Netherlands are developing an ocean cleaning system which uses the ocean’s currents and a barrier to remove plastic waste. A 100 km long system will be deployed in 2020 to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
For most states in the U.S. you don’t need to commit an arrestable offense in order to be lawfully accused of resisting arrest.
During Civil War, a person can pay $300 to escape the draft. The rationalization for this was that unwilling troops were ineffective so the government might as well extract funds to be used as war funds from the unwilling if it got poor service.
Andy Kaufman once ended a show at Carnegie Hall by loading the entire audience into 24 buses to take them out for milk and cookies.
There are secret poems written on Boston’s sidewalks that are only visible when it rains.
Due to the limitations of arcade hardware in 1981, Mario was clothed in red overalls and blue shirt to contrast his arms, body, and background. The cap was added to avoid drawing his hairstyle, forehead, and eyebrows. The large nose and mustache avoided the need to draw a mouth and expressions.
Sarah Winchester, the widow of gun magnate William Wirt Winchester, believed that she was haunted by the ghosts of the victims who got killed by Winchester rifles. Thus, she built a massive mansion to these ghosts in order to please them. This mansion has 40 bedrooms and 47 fireplaces.