In the course of seeking cures for mental illness, some very bizarre methods have been tried. In 1650 Athanasius Kircher (a Jesuit scholar) invented a musical instrument to cure melancholy. The instrument was called a “katzenklavier” and it consisted of a line of cats fixed in place with their tails sticking out underneath a keyboard. When they keys were struck the cats would meow in pain. The concept never caught on.
The owner of Segway died in 2011 after allegedly driving his Segway over a cliff.
Belgium set world record for longest period without a government.
Have you ever had a dream in which you wake up and go about your daily routine – only to discover that you are actually still asleep? This can be incredibly frustrating as you realize you need to re-do everything you have already done (in the dream). It is extremely realistic and most people experience it. This event is called a “false awakening” or a “dream within a dream”. It is even possible to have multiple cases of false awakenings in one dream. This is used to good effect (though perhaps it is a bit cliched now) in movies.
A reporter who wrote stories about a serial killer was actually the serial killer himself.
In 1955 Christopher Mayhew ingested mescaline on film for a BBC feature that was never aired, and discovered a place outside space and time.
Persian soldiers successfully used cats in battle against the ancient Egyptians, who refused to attack for fear of hurting them.
In 1962, Desmond Morris did an experiment where monkeys produced art. After starting to reward them, their quality continued to decrease until they produced the bare minimum to get rewarded.
Men weren’t the only pirates that sailed the seven seas; There were female pirates too!
Have you ever noticed that when you have a bowl of nuts, the bigger ones make their way to the top? This event actually has a scientific name: the Brazil Nut Effect. The term refers to the phenomenon in which the largest particles end up on the surface when a granular material containing a mixture of objects of different sizes is shaken.