In 1921, a man in Detroit went so far as to actually kill himself, apparently in order to then communicate with a chosen spiritualist medium, thus proving that the afterlife was real. It didn’t work.
Canadian farmer Frank Meyers, who didn’t want to sell his farm to the government. But in the end was forced to, even though his family was given the land by King George III in 1798 before there was a Canadian government.
New Jersey once tried to use eminent domain on an elderly woman’s home and transfer it to Donald Trump so that he could build a limousine parking lot there. They later lost in court.
As recently as 2009, China had elementary schools entirely sponsored by big tobacco. One in Sichuan had a message at the front gate that said “Tobacco can help you become an achiever”.
Redundant phrases such as “ATM Machine” and “PIN Number” are examples of RAS Syndrome – Redundant Acronym Syndrome Syndrome.
The T-shirt was invented in 1904 and marketed to bachelors who couldn’t sew or replace buttons.
North Korean “researchers” have concluded that North Korea is the second happiest country behind China.
Physicists at Michigan Technological University came up with a practical methodology for finding time travelers through the internet.
Incubating premature babies got it’s start as a side show exhibit in Coney Island.
The longest prison sentence ever requested was 384,912 years of jail, against a 22 years old postman accused of failing to deliver 42,768 letters.
Every bridge and tunnel in Switzerland is designed with built-in explosives so that the country can quickly be turned into a mountain fortress during times of war.
A college student wrote against seat belt laws, saying they are “intrusions on individual liberties” and that he won’t wear one. He died in a car crash, and his 2 passengers survived because they were wearing seat belts.
American speech is punctuated with “uh” & “um”, English speech with “er” & “erm”, Japanese with “ā”, “anō”, & “ēto”, German with “äh”, French with “euh”– basically, every language uses different sounds to interrupt themselves while their brain is working on forming thoughts into words.
A sea-kayaker was once trapped on a remote Australian island for 2 weeks due to an enormous saltwater crocodile.
A man who was lost in the woods chopped down some power lines so that workers would have to come and rescue him.