In 1970, America’s semiconductor industry ground to a halt because manufacturers couldn’t buy blades for cutting the wafers apart. All the big companies bought their blades from a guy working out of his garage who suddenly got sick.
In oil-rich Azerbaijan people bathe in crude oil believing it improves their health.
The roundest object in the world was handcrafted by one man because no machine in the world could match his precision.
Wal-Mart Heiress Paige Laurie paid someone to do all her homework at USC, and had to return her degree after she had already graduated.
In 2008 a dog named Sophie Tucker survived 4 months lost at sea off the coast of Australia. She fell overboard while sailing in bad weather with her owners. She then swam 5 nautical miles in stormy, shark-infested waters, to an island where she survived for 16 weeks by hunting wild goats.
Crying when you are happy is your body’s way of neutralizing your emotions so you don’t become overwhelmed with feelings. Responding to positive emotions with negative reactions (or vise versa) helps restore your emotional equilibrium.
A trucking company got over 900 speeding tickets, another 500 tickets for ignoring stop signs and other signals, and killed 32 people in just 24 months. Yet they are rated “satisfactory” by the agency that oversees transport.
After an 8.0 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico City, nearly all newborn babies survived a collapsed hospital. They are known as “Miracle Babies” for surviving 7 days without nourishment, water, warmth or human contact.
There are more museums in the U.S. than there are Starbucks and McDonalds — combined.