Recently, a man accused the MIT Technology Review of using a photo of him as an illustration to an article about the hipster effect — a phenomenon whereby all hipsters tend to look the same. The image was not of the man; it was a stock photo of a stereotypical hipster.
A cycling company was seeing a high number of its bikes getting damaged during deliveries; they solved the problem by making a simple change: printing a flatscreen television screen on the boxes. Damages were reduced by 70%.
Australia has a long history of throwing eggs at politicians. The Australian Federal Police was formed in 1917 after a Prime Minister was egged.
Dylan McWilliams, a 20 year-old from colorado, survived a bear attack, a tiger shark attack, and a rattlesnake attack in his lifetime. “I still go hiking, I still catch rattlesnakes, and I will still swim in the ocean”.
When Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony premiered, it was so new and innovative that some music critics didn’t accept it, and one even called it “monstrous and tasteless.”
In 1962 a strange spring was found in northern Texas. Despite being 500 miles from any coast, it was home to marine species such as crabs, barnacles and seaweed, all isolated thousands of years prior when the sea levels rose and fell. Sadly, all this was wiped out after a dike was built.
From 1953 to 1964, the CIA conducted completely uncontrolled tests involving drugging people who didn’t know they were being drugged, then following and watching them without intervening.
Messenger, a 7m (23ft) tall and 9m (30ft) sculpture of wide woman in a crouching position is believed to be the largest in the UK.
Photo: Ben Birchall/PA
In 1931 it would take workers three days to unload 13,000 cases of unpalletized canned goods off a ship. With pallets, this same task took four hours.
Scientist Henry Cavendish suffered from extreme shyness “bordering on disease”. He discovered several laws not attributed to him because of this shyness. Had secret staircases in his home to avoid his housekeeper -females caused him “extreme distress” and devised a note system to talk to her.
Just to demonstrate to you how amazingly self-effacing Henry Cavendish was, he first discovered 5 entire laws that were never even attributed to him. These were:
– Richter’s Law of Reciprocal Proportions,
– Ohm’s Law,
– Dalton’s Law of Partial Pressures,
– Coulomb’s Law
– Charles’s Law of Gases
Why did he never take the credit? Why did none of these laws bare his name? Because he was extremely introverted, and extremely shy. Due to Henry’s asocial and secretive behavior, he eschewed and avoided publishing his findings.