Ancient Egyptian workmen who dug the pharaohs’ tombs got paid sick leave, according to 3000 year-old records.
In 1965, a Ukrainian farmer dug up the lower jawbone of a mammoth. Further excavations revealed the presence of 4 huts, made up of a total of 149 mammoth bones. These dwellings, dating back some 15,000 years, were determined to have been some of the oldest shelters ever built.
Judy Garland was put on a diet while filming The Wizard of Oz. That diet, consisted of chicken soup, coffee, and … 80 cigarettes a day. She was 16 years old.
Hitler sanctioned the construction of a six-wheeled 3,000hp Mercedes-Benz intended to break the land speed record. It was 27ft long and made its power from a 44.5 liter V12.
Fifty-five years ago today, astronaut Yuri Gagarin made history, when he got into Soviet Vostok 1 spaceship capsule and launched into space. Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space. Reports praised Gagarin for his perfect flight, but in fact he didn’t pilot the Vostok capsule. Psychologists working with the Soviet Space Program were worried that exposure to weightlessness would impact the pilot’s decision-making faculties. And so, the pilot was effectively locked out of controlling his capsule.
The leaders of a 1977 miners strike in Communist Romania were given 5 minute chest x-rays after the strike was over to ensure they would develop cancer.
Tesla could speak eight languages : Serbo-Croatian, Czech, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, and even Latin.
In 2014, an 8-year-old boy named Tyler Doohan, saved 6 members of his family from his burning house before finally succumbing to the fire himself while trying to save the last victim, his disabled grandfather.
In 2015, Kiran Gandhi ran the London Marathon during her period, without a tampon or a pad and she crossed the finish line with bloody tights. She did so to raise awareness for women, who lack access to feminine hygiene products.