In 1948, a man pinned under a tractor used his pocketknife to scratch the words “In case I die in this mess I leave all to the wife. Cecil Geo Harris” onto the fender. He did die and the message was accepted in court. It has served as a precedent ever since for cases of holographic wills.
In 1887 a reporter named Nellie Bly talked her way into an insane asylum in New York and published her experience after ten days in the asylum. She claimed many of the patients seemed completely sane and the conditions were horrid. This led to NYC budgeting $1,000,000 to care of the insane.
The average NFL career lasts about three years; nearly 80 percent of players are bankrupt within three years of retirement.
Using the red cross as a symbol of health in a video game or any other commercial product technically constitutes a violation of the Geneva conventions.
During WWII, Russian soldiers took “heat pills” that kept them warm in the winter; however, they would also lose weight despite eating well. 2,4-dinitrophenol spikes metabolic rate as potential energy is lost as heat—it is banned as a weight loss aid (U.S.) as overdose can cook people to death.
Sneaker brand Koio has partnered with pastry chef Dominique Ansel to produce croissant-themed sneakers. According to Fast Company:
This may be the first-ever sneaker collaboration with a baker. And it is certainly the only sneaker inspired by a croissant on the market… The sneaker’s upper is made of calf leather that has the texture of eggshells, flour-white suede, patent leather the color of yellow butter, and detailing on the toe and heel that looks like sugar. To top everything off, the laces come adorned with a rose-gold croissant accent.
They can be yours for only $348. Oh, and each pair also comes with a package of Dominique Ansel pancake mix.
Just thinking about coffee can improve your focus, researchers say.
Over the last 12 months an investment portfolio selected by throwing darts at stock tables outperformed a portfolio of stocks recommended by high-profile hedge fund managers by 27%.
After the Chernobyl accident, Russian military pilots created rain clouds to direct radiation away from Moscow and fall on less populated areas around Belarus.
2000 Olympics gold medal winner, swimmer Antony Ervin decided to retire at 22. It didn’t go so well, as he begun abusing drugs. However, in 2011 he got back into swimming, and at the 2016 Olympics became the oldest swimmer to win a gold medal.