It took early “humans” 110,000 generations of using stone tools before…

It took early “humans” 110,000 generations of using stone tools before controlling fire, another 20,000 generations until written language was invented, and only another 250 generations until we put a man on the moon. In 2 or 3 generations, humans went from barely having electricity, to having the Internet. And in a single generation went from slow mainframe computers to the incredible smart phones of today.

Coca-Cola had a price of 5¢ for over 70 years (1886-1959) and at one point…

Coca-ColaCoca-Cola had a price of 5¢ for over 70 years (1886-1959) and at one point the company tried to raise the price by asking the U.S. Treasury to issue a 7.5¢ coin. In another attempt, The Coca-Cola Company briefly implemented a strategy where one in every nine vending machine bottles was empty. The empty bottle was called an “official blank.” This meant that, while most nickels inserted in a vending machine would yield cold drinks, one in eight patrons would have to insert two nickels in order to get a bottle. This effectively raised the price to 5.625 cents.

It took 11 hours for Seattle police to subdue a man who…

Seattle-Street-Samurai-croppedIt took 11 hours for Seattle police to subdue a man who was standing in an open parking lot and armed with just a samurai sword.

They asked him again to please put down the sword and surrender; he again refused. They offered him $50 for his sword; he ignored their bribe. They tempted him with a Big Mac; he held fast. They spoke fondly of his dead brother in hopes of changing his mind; he was unmoved. They tried reverse psychology on him, telling him Satan was preventing him from surrendering; he wasn’t fooled by their lies. They shined bright lights at him; he wore shades. Growing desperate, nonlethal projectiles and pepper spray were tried; he repelled them through sheer willpower. It seemed nothing would stop lone Apollo from standing his ground on the sidewalk athwart the combined forces of the City.

The “glass delusion” is a psychiatric disorder, recorded in the late…

The “glass delusion” is a psychiatric disorder, recorded in the late Middle Ages in which the sufferers believed themselves to be made out of glass and likely to shatter into pieces. One famous early sufferer was King Charles VI of France who refused to allow others to touch him and wore protective clothing to prevent himself from “shattering”. To maintain a perfectly serene environment he required all the windows in his palace to remain shut and that anyone who approached him to do so on tip-toe.

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