Some Chinese companies hire white actors to pretend to be foreign businessmen so that the companies can seem more connected globally.
There is such an expansive collection of books under the British library in their archive, that if a person could read 5 books per day it would take the 80,000 years to complete.
A man running from a police helicopter using thermal imaging tried to fool the TI cameras by hiding in fresh manure. It didn’t work.
In 2004, farmers in India used Pepsi and Coca Cola instead of pesticides because they were cheaper and got the job done just as well.
The inventor of the web, Tim Berners-Lee, has one regret: adding the double slash // to URLs. In retrospect, he says, it was totally unnecessary.
Before the heart/lung machine was invented, a doctor oxygenated his patient’s blood by routing it through another person. Parents often served this purpose while their children had heart surgery.
In 2008, Bebo the popular social network was bought from its creators by AOL for $850 million dollars. It was then run into the ground and after 5 years the site filed for bankruptcy and was sold back to the original creators for $1 million dollars.
Black people in ancient Rome were not discriminated against because of their skin color or physical features. They were not excluded from any profession and there was no stigma against mixed race relationships. Classical writers did not attach social status or degree of humanity to skin color.
Nixon didn’t want pigeon poop along the path to his inauguration, so he had $13,000 of a chemical bird repellent sprayed on trees around the area. It turned out the spray was toxic, and instead of pigeon poop, Nixon had dead pigeons lining the path to his inauguration.