In 1963 the US Military created an artificial ring around the earth, similar to that of the planet Saturn. The ring was made of copper needles and was used for worldwide communications in the case that the Soviets disabled all other methods of communication.
Former President, President for Life and then Emperor Jean-Bédel Bokassa of the Central African Republic ate the flesh of his political enemies.
A London borough has invented a public bench that perfectly repels graffiti, skateboarders, litter, rough sleepers and even rain.
A guy and his friends have a tradition of putting on full Star Wars costumes and running a timed mile in Death Valley on the hottest day of the year. They call it the “Darth Valley Challenge” and temperatures can be as high as 129°F/54°C.
After Disney threatened to sue three day care centers for unauthorized use of their characters, Hanna-Barbera gave them the right to use Universal characters as decorations. use of their characters, Hanna-Barbera gave them the right to use Universal characters as decorations.
A British soldier once won the Victoria cross for attacking the enemy with beer bottles during the 1950 Korean war. “By the time the platoon were attacked, the bottles were empty, thus constituting suitable weaponry.”
NASA asked Buzz Aldrin to refrain from quoting the Bible on the moon.
The Hubble telescope required the most perfect mirror ever created. Work on it had to be done at night because the vibrations caused by cars driving 4 miles away affected the ability to test the mirror.
The galaxy M100 is so far away that if beings from there were to look at Earth right now, they would be watching the real-time extinction of the dinosaurs.
Mussolini was expelled from school when he was 10 for stabbing a classmate. He did the same thing at his next school.
The screenwriter for the movie “Cast Away” stranded himself on an island for research, and when a volleyball washed up on shore, it became the inspiration for “Wilson.”
For decades, the mayor of Hiroshima writes a letter of protest every time a nuclear test is conducted, as a plea to end the use of nuclear weapons.
In 1987, an 18 year old freshmen funded his education by asking 2.8 million people for one penny.