George Lucas tried to be an officer in the US Airforce but was rejected because he had too many speeding tickets.
Writer Norah Vincent lived as a man for 18 months. She said the experience opened her eyes to the “suffering of men”, namely the pain from a lack of emotional intimacy & weight of being “providers”. Traumatized by the ordeal, she checked herself into a mental health facility after it was over.
The 1972 Novel “The Day of the Jackal” showcased an easy method of obtaining a fraudulent British passport, which was later used by the IRA and the KGB. This loophole went unclosed until 2007, and may have resulted in up to 1,500 fake passports being issued each year.
The book’s protagonist – the Jackal – trawls three village graveyards looking for the headstone of a baby boy who, had he not died, would have been about the same age as the assassin. Taking the details of the late Alexander James Quentin Duggan to the Central Registry of Births, Marriages and Deaths, the Jackal buys a copy of the deceased’s birth certificate – all the proof he needs to successfully apply for a passport.
The Sama-Bajau, a sea-faring and nomadic people, have physical adaptations that enable them to see better and dive longer underwater. It was recently discovered that they have evolved bigger spleens that provides a larger reservoir of oxygenated red blood cells.
Sega developed a Virtual Reality headset for the Sega Genesis in 1993. It was nearly released but was cancelled due to making testers sick.
Deer mothers will instinctively come to the rescue of a crying human baby.
A man “walking oddly” in Baltimore in 1989 was stopped by police. He was found to have 21 live homing pigeons stuffed in his trousers.
John F. Kennedy enjoyed a “privileged childhood of elite private schools, sailboats, servants and summer homes” during the Great Depression. He later claimed that he only learned about the Great Depression in the books he read while attending Harvard.
When Princess Diana went to Disneyland she made her sons Harry and William wait in line just like everyone else.