In Bosnia and Herzegovina, a boss decided to play a prank on his employees. The owner of NSoft, Igor Krzyzic, held a meeting at the company’s main office and delivered a speech. Apparently, he thought that committing suicide would be a great conclusion of the speech. So, he just jumped off the balcony. Fortunately, no one was hurt; including the creative boss. This was not his first prank. Back in 2015, he did another one.
An individual who who hadn’t washed in several years hosted two species of so-called extremophile bacteria, that typically thrive in ice caps and thermal vents, in his/her belly button.
In 1976, as part of America’s bicentennial celebrations, the residents of Lake City, Pennsylvania raised $6000 to build a UFO Landing Port. Explained Jim Meeder, the businessman who organized the effort, “We said to ourselves, ‘Let’s not look backward 200 years. Let’s look forward 200 years.’ Everybody else was restoring railroad depots and things like that. We wanted to do something different.”
The landing port consisted of “a grass-covered mound five feet high and 100 feet in diameter, bordered by red and blue lights.” A representative from the Tucson, Arizona Aerial Phenomenon Research Organization checked it out and said approvingly that he was relieved it wasn’t “a schlock thing.”
Twelve years later a reporter from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune checked back and found that the landing port hadn’t been visited by a UFO yet, but the town was using it as a helicopter landing pad for lake rescues.
The Texas Dept. of Transporttion (TxDOT) buys and sows about 30,000 pounds of wildflower seed (including Bluebonnet) each year. The peak wildflower blooming season draws tourists from all across the nation to see the colorful blooms each spring.
The Central Intelligence Agency has a memorial wall at headquarters for employees who are killed while working for the US spy agency. Each year the CIA adds stars for deaths; some with names, some without. There are 125 stars as of 2017, eight more than in 2016 and 46 more than in 2002.
In 1980, China’s economy was smaller than Pakistan’s. After growing by more than 10% annually over the past 30 years, China’s economy is expected to surpass the U.S. by 2028.
The “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge” that swept the Internet in 2014 raised $115 million, of which 67% went to research, 20% to patient and community services, and 9% to public and professional education. In addition, the ALS Association has since tripled its annual budget for research. And the guy who started it is broke and has 80K in medical bills a month.
Ecosia search engine turns the revenue into lush greenery. The company uses its income from the ads to plant trees all over the world. On average, it takes around 45 searches to plant a tree.
Instead of using refrigerated trucks to deliver medical supplies to people who live in the deserts of Africa, inventors have built solar-powered refrigerators that can be carried by camels, and so the medicines are delivered via refrigerated camel. Apparently it wasn’t that easy to build a camel-carried refrigerator. It had to be lightweight, but also sturdy enough to survive the motion of being on the camel as well as the extreme desert conditions.