Every Sunday night, a 51-year-old software engineer named Bryan Henderson sits down at his computer, searches Wikipedia for the phrase “comprised of” and changes it to either “composed of” or “consists of.” He has done this 47,000 times since 2007. He has also written a 6,000-word essay on why he does this.
Shakuntala Devi, an Indian mental calculator, was asked to give the 23rd root of a 201-digit number; she answered in 50 seconds. Her answer was confirmed by calculations done at the US Bureau of Standards for which a special program had to be written to perform such a large calculation.
Tokyo has a self-declared superhero who calls himself Mangetsu Man. He keeps his identity secret by wearing a purple bodysuit, with a big yellow smiley head; and his self-described job is to keep the city trash free.
Norris Kellam’s great talent in life was floating. For which he earned the name “The Human Cork.” In May 1933 he attempted to break the world record for staying afloat by floating in a saltwater pool in Norfolk, Virginia for over 86 hours. Unfortunately he didn’t make it. After 71 hours and 19 minutes he was overcome by sharp cramps and sunburn and had to climb out of the pool.
There is a man who gained the ability to recall the weather from every day hes been alive and do complex calculations after being hit in the head with a baseball.
It took 11 hours for Seattle police to subdue a man who was standing in an open parking lot and armed with just a samurai sword.
They asked him again to please put down the sword and surrender; he again refused. They offered him $50 for his sword; he ignored their bribe. They tempted him with a Big Mac; he held fast. They spoke fondly of his dead brother in hopes of changing his mind; he was unmoved. They tried reverse psychology on him, telling him Satan was preventing him from surrendering; he wasn’t fooled by their lies. They shined bright lights at him; he wore shades. Growing desperate, nonlethal projectiles and pepper spray were tried; he repelled them through sheer willpower. It seemed nothing would stop lone Apollo from standing his ground on the sidewalk athwart the combined forces of the City.
The King George III was known as “Farmer George” for his love of nature and agriculture. He began ignoring the laws of nature and attempted to plant a steak, perhaps hoping to create a new species of meat-producing tree.
Former Turkmenistan president-for-life Akhbar Turkmenbashi renamed constellations and days of the week after himself and his mother.
The world’s first licensed armless pilot is also the first armless black-belt.
An abandoned, paralyzed Saudi man got overwhelmed by visitors after tweeting that he doesn’t have any. Thousands of people came to keep him company. They potentially saved his life with the donations. More than $130,000 was raised during a fundraising campaign on Twitter in order to send him to Germany for further treatment.
A refrigerator was installed on the street of the Saudi Arabian city of Hail by a very generous man. He and his friends leave leftovers and other food in there to feed the less fortunate children of his town with nutritious food, and to save them from the “shame” of begging.
There is man whose full-time hobby is giving man-on-the-street interviews so he’ll be quoted in major publications. He’s so successful that the AP has banned their reporters from talking to him for stories.
Here’s a video that’s bound to stir up some controversy. This woman, who shows all the classic sign of possession (yes, like The Exorcist) loses it on the subway and starts a fight with the Native American guy next to her. Now the question is, do you think this is a real possession, a crazy person, or just a hoax?
Arthur “Turkey” Gehrke of Watertown, Wis., had an odd habit. Every November he would go to bed and stay there until the following April. He told the press, “I hibernate and don’t get into trouble; while I may miss some fun, I also miss a lot of disagreeable things.” He also said, “If more folks went to bed all winter, there wouldn’t be so much trouble and confusion in the world.”
Strangely, his business didn’t suffer because of his sleep habits. He owned a bar, the Turkey’s Roost. He hired a temporary bartender to replace him during his hibernation, and the publicity because of his hibernating actually attracted extra business.
Gehrke began his habit of hibernating in 1913 and continued it until his death in 1942.
Doris “Granny D” Haddock was a political activist who walked over 3000 miles around the age of 90 to advocate for a single cause: campaign finance reform.