In 1939, Major League pitcher, Bob Feller, tested the speed of his pitches by throwing them against a racing motorcycle before radar guns were invented.
A man was once accidentally released from prison 90 years early due to clerical error. He then started building his life by getting a job, getting married, having kids, coaching youth soccer, being active in his church. Authorities realized the mistake 6 years later and sent him back to prison.
Stephen King didn’t tell his kids bedtime stories; he made them tell him stories.
The first female doctor in Britain spent 56 years disguised as a man. It wasn’t until after her death in 1865, that the doctor’s secret was finally discovered.
When asked for his thoughts on the migration of New Zealanders to Australia, the Prime Minister of New Zealand stated that the “annual exodus of Kiwis to Australia raised the average IQ of both countries”.
Ming the Clam, the world’s oldest animal at 507, was killed by researchers trying to tell how old it was.
During World War II a Soviet pilot was shot down while returning from a reconnaissance mission and hid in the woods nearby. When a German fighter pilot landed nearby and got out to investigate, the Soviet pilot rushed out, stole his plane and flew home, barely avoiding being shot down by Soviet fighters in the process.
There is website ifitweremyhome.com, where you can compare pros and cons of living in different countries. Start by selecting a region to compare on the map to the right, and begin your exploration.
An Italian schoolboy who was selling snacks on campus at a lower price than the cafeteria was suspended for 10 days. He also received a prestigious scholarship from an institute that said the boy’s initiative should be “encouraged, not persecuted”.
Baseball is so popular in Japan that many fans are surprised to hear that Americans also consider it their national sport.