In 2013, 3000 workers at a garment factory in Gazipur, Bangladesh went on strike, some even rioting, not for better pay or working conditions, but because they wanted something to be done about the ghost inhabiting the bathroom.
A rancher in Oregon named Bill Brown would often write checks on any paper available. This often included soup can labels and newspaper margins. As he was rich and known for this, the banks would cash the checks without question.
Anti-margarine Senator Gordon Roselip incorrectly identified margarine as butter in a blind taste test. His wife later confessed that she had been feeding him margarine and telling him that it was butter.
Uruguay’s world cup player Luis Suárez has bitten three opponents under high pressure situations. He doesn’t know why he does it.
Psychopaths don’t procrastinate, tend to focus on the positive, don’t take things personally, don’t beat themselves up if things go wrong, even if they’re to blame, and they’re assertive and cool under pressure. These can be good characteristics in both the business arena, and in everyday life.
In 1975, a Soviet naval officer led a mutiny onboard a frigate with the aim of toppling the government of Brezhnev. It failed after a standoff with half of the Soviet Baltic fleet, but an article about it inspired an insurance salesman named Tom Clancy to write his book, The Hunt for Red October.
In 1990, a woman gave birth on a plane with the help of a recently graduated gynecologist on the plane. And the baby went on to become a flight attendant at the same airline later.
The first Soviet probe sent to Mars’ moon Phobos failed due to user error. While the probe was still on its way to Mars, an impatient technician who didn’t want to wait for his code to be proofread unintentionally sent a command to the probe to shut down and there was no way to turn it back on.
After the incident, an investigation was immediately ordered to determine who was responsible for the failure. Nevertheless, disciplinary action was postponed until the completion of the Phobos 2 mission. This was to prevent the demoralization of the Phobos 2 team. Any penalization of the Phobos 1 team would create anxiety among the Phobos 2 team and reduce the chances of mission success.
This postponement of punitive measures was urged by IKI director Roald Sagdeev. He quoted the former secret service chief under Stalin, Lavrenti Beria, who said “Let’s make them work for now. We can shoot them all later.”
“Hemp for Victory” is a short film made by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture to promote farmers growing Cannabis Sativa for WWII. It’s existence was denied by the US Govt until VHS copied were eventually sourced.
Walking through a doorway can cause memory lapses. That is why sometimes when we walk into another room, we often forget why we even came there.