We write $10, instead of 10$ (as it is spoken) to prevent forging “I owe you 10.00$” can easily be changed to “I owe you 910.00$” but “I owe you $10.00″ can at most be increased by less than a penny to “I owe you $10.0099999″.
112 people died during the construction of the Hoover dam. The first was J.G.Tierney, a surveyor who drowned on December 20, 1922. His son, Patrick, was the last man to die working on the dam’s construction, 13 years to the day later.
22% of Americans can name all five members of the Simpsons family, but only 0.1% of Americans can name all five First Amendment freedoms.
Until the 1770s, Western civilizations considered kangaroos as a mythical beast, with “the head of a deer, standing upright like a man, and hopping like a frog . . . sometimes with a second head on its stomach.“
There is a Scandinavian company that is working on a way to translate what a dog is thinking using EEG-sensors and micro computers. They already have a prototype available.
A guy dissected every scene from Lost and put them in a chronological timeline. He took every flashback, flash forward, and flash sideways, extracting them from the present day storyline, and created one big timeline.
A woman won $40,000 as a settlement from NYC due to police repeatedly arresting her for going topless, it’s perfectly legal for men and women to go topless in NYC
In 1971, a woman petitioned a Judge for permission to sterilize her “somewhat retarded” daughter. Without a hearing, evidence, or representation for the daughter, the judge granted permission. The daughter later tried to sue the judge, but the Supreme Court voted 5-3 to grant the judge immunity.
Creativity and mental illness are chemical cousins.
In 2010, a man swallowed two spoonfuls of pure caffeine, and quickly collapsed and died.
Snapple once tried to break a world record for largest Popsicle, but instead it melted and covered Union Square in pink goo.
An average person will walk the equivalent of 5 times around the equator during their lifetime.
Almost all of The Hobbit’s character names were taken out of an old Icelandic poem “Dvergatal”.
Martha Stewart once dated Anthony Hopkins. She ended their relationship because she couldn’t separate him from Hannibal Lecter.
A way to check if you’re in a lucid dream is to read some text whilst dreaming. The words will either appear illegible, or if you look away then re-read the text, the words will have changed.