In 1996 and 1997, Emily Rosa, 9, tested 21 therapeutic touch practitioners whether their claims to detect “human energy fields” were true. After finding they were right only 44% of the time, she published the results on 1998, becoming the youngest person to have a research paper published.
In 2015, a journalist wanted to prove that the media will be quick to grab on any scientific claims to make news. He fabricated a study that claims chocolate helps in weight loss, got it published, then released it. He succeeded, fooling 20 countries.
Sir Isaac Newton had a dog called “Diamond” who knocked over a candle and set fire to twenty years worth of his research.
Researchers tried 2000 times to ignite gasoline with a cigarette; failed 100% of the time.
Some trees exhibit a phenomenon called “crown shyness” which prevents their branches and leaves from touching one another, forming a canopy with channel like gaps.
The number of people donating their bodies to science has doubled in the last ten years because funeral costs are so high and most schools will cremate the donated body when they are done and return it to the family at no cost.
The United States spent more than $2 billion digging 24km of tunnels in Texas for a particle accelerator similar in scope to CERN, only to abandon the project.
Over 500 years ago, Leonardo da Vinci made an interesting observation about trees. He concluded that the total thickness of a tree’s branches is equal to the total thickness of the tree trunk. Trees across many species obey this rule. Explanations involve hydrological and structural theories.
Scientists estimate that if spider silk could be faithfully reproduced with the thickness of a pencil, it would be strong enough to stop a large jet plane in flight.