Norris Kellam’s great talent in life was floating…

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.

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It took 11 hours for Seattle police to subdue a man who…

Seattle-Street-Samurai-croppedIt 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.

An abandoned, paralyzed Saudi man got overwhelmed…

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.

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Arthur “Turkey” Gehrke of Watertown, Wis., had an odd habit…

gehrke-croppedArthur “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.



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