Congressional approval for the first Gulf War was effected by…

Congressional approval for the first Gulf War was effected by the testimony of a Kuwaiti nurse who claimed to have witnessed Iraqi soldiers pulling babies out of incubators and throwing them on the floor to die. This never happened. The nurse was not a nurse. She was coached by a PR firm. She also happened to be the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador to the US at the time.

The Immovable Ladder, a wooden ladder in Jerusalem…

Immovable_ladder_on_ledge_over_entrance_to_Church_of_the_Holy_Sepulchre_smallThere is a wooden ladder in Jerusalem that cannot be moved due to conflicts between the Armenian and Greek Orthodox church. Called the Immovable Ladder, it has remained in the same exact location since the 18th century. The ladder is referred to as immovable due to the fact that no cleric of the six ecumenical Christian orders may move, rearrange, or alter any property without the consent of all six orders.
Some time in the first half of the 19th century, a mason has placed a ladder up against the wall of the church. No one is sure who he was, or more importantly, to which sect he belonged. The immovable ladder remains there to this date. No one dares touch it, lest they disturb the status quo, and provoke the wrath of others. The exact date when ladder was placed is not known but the first evidence of it comes from 1852.

In 1859 there was a coronal mass ejection so intense…

solar-flareIn 1859 there was a coronal mass ejection so intense it shocked telegraph operators and set their equipment on fire. Another such event missed Earth by just 9 days in 2012. Supposedly it was strong enough to take down our entire satellite system and cause significant damage to electrical grids on the ground. One paper even claims that it could have caused $2.6 Trillion in damages worldwide.



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