In 1990, the Galileo spacecraft did a search for life on planet Earth during a flyby. It didn’t find any actual life but it did find evidence ‘strongly suggestive of life on Earth’.
Homework was considered hugely controversial in the 1800s and early 1900s, when physicians crusaded against it, in 1901, California even banned homework for anyone under the age of 15.
According to a study from UC Berkeley, the most successful marriages were those where the wife was able to calm down quickly after arguments – The husbands’ emotional regulation had little to no bearing on long-term satisfaction.
During the space race, Stanley Kubrick was so worried that humans would soon make first contact with aliens that he tried to buy an insurance policy for 2001: A Space Odyssey in case audiences found his depiction of aliens ridiculous.
In 1973 the members of Led Zeppelin gave drummer John Bonham a Harley Davidson for his 25th birthday, which he promptly rode up and down the hallways of his hotel, causing thousands of dollars in damage. The next day, he wrote a check for the damages and said “Oh, and keep the bike.”
In his famous scene in ‘The Shining’, the crew made a fake door for Jack Nicholson to break through, but had to replace it with a real door as the fake one broke too quickly due to Jack previously being a Fire Marshall.
In 1981, Ronald Reagan fired 11,345 air traffic controllers after they refused to end their strike and subsequently banned them from federal service for life. Ironically, the air traffic controllers union had endorsed Reagan in the election. Reagan was not merely the only President who was himself a union leader, but the only one who led his union out on strike.
Guns ‘N Roses once went on tour with a car that broke down, so they hitchhiked to the gig, ate raw onions from a field along the way, made it to Seattle for the gig, and when they finished, the owner refused to pay them. They responded by trying, and failing, to burn the club down.
Leaves of Mimosa pudica plant fold inward and droop when touched or shaken, defending themselves from harm.