During Civil War, a person can pay $300 to escape the draft. The rationalization for this was that unwilling troops were ineffective so the government might as well extract funds to be used as war funds from the unwilling if it got poor service.
Andy Kaufman once ended a show at Carnegie Hall by loading the entire audience into 24 buses to take them out for milk and cookies.
There are secret poems written on Boston’s sidewalks that are only visible when it rains.
Due to the limitations of arcade hardware in 1981, Mario was clothed in red overalls and blue shirt to contrast his arms, body, and background. The cap was added to avoid drawing his hairstyle, forehead, and eyebrows. The large nose and mustache avoided the need to draw a mouth and expressions.
Sarah Winchester, the widow of gun magnate William Wirt Winchester, believed that she was haunted by the ghosts of the victims who got killed by Winchester rifles. Thus, she built a massive mansion to these ghosts in order to please them. This mansion has 40 bedrooms and 47 fireplaces.
Baseball player Gates Brown snuck hot dogs into the dugout during a game. Before he could eat them, he was called upon to pinch hit so he stuffed them into his jersey. He ended up having to slide into second base causing ketchup and mustard to smear all over his jersey leading to a $100 fine.
The Pixar movies “A Bug’s Life,” “Monster’s Inc,” “Finding Nemo,” and “Wall-E” were all brainstormed during one lunch in 1994 by the writers of “Toy Story.”
In 1954 John Stapp strapped himself to a rocket sled, accelerated to 632 MPH in 5 seconds, and then decelerated to 0 MPH in 1.4 seconds. He experienced 46.2 G’s. He went temporarily blind and experienced two black eyes from his eyeballs having been shot so far forward.
The record for surviving the longest without food or liquids is held by someone who was forgotten by three policemen in a holding cell for 18 days.
At 78, Dick Dale suffers from renal failure, diabetes, damaged vertebrae, rectal cancer, but keeps touring to afford medical treatment.