In Haifa, a woman sued a TV weatherman after he predicted a sunny day, causing her to go out lightly dressed – and when it turned stormy, she caught the flu, missed 4 days’ work, spent $38 on medication, and suffered stress. The case was settled out of cоurt for $1000, and the weatherman apologised to her.
After performing an fMRI scan during an exorcism, 8 of the 13 participating health professionals reported having life-threatening accidents, disturbing computer malfunctions and other sudden events. These were published in a follow-up paper.
When Die Hard was finally made, Bruce Willis was mostly known for TV. His $5 million fee was seen as a huge risk. The film ended up taking at least $140 million.
A stolen 3.5 million dollar Stradivarius Cello was nearly turned into a fancy CD rack.
John Von Neumann was an American polymath who is known as the last of the great mathematicians. On his deathbed, he entertained his brother by reciting the first lines of each page of Goethe’s Faust word-for-word by heart. He knew state secrets, so federal agents guarded his bed till his death.
When filming the TV series “The Mandalorian” in 2019, the crew ran out of Stormtrooper costumes, so they reached out to the local branch of a Star Wars fan organisation, whose members came to join the filming in their own home-made Stormtrooper costumes.
When Maxim Gorky arrived in the US in 1906, he initially received a warm welcome. President Roosevelt, Mark Twain planned to meet him. But when it was reported that Gorky was accompanied not by his wife, but by his mistress, his hotel threw him out and he got cancelled. Gorky on a goodwill and fundraising mission for the Bolsheviks. But in 1906 this didn’t mean much to Americans.
It turned out the woman accompanying Gorky was not, in fact, Mrs. Gorky. She was Maria Andreyeva, a star of the Moscow Art Theatre. Sure, she was another ardent Bolshevik, but apparently that wasn’t the problem. She and Gorky weren’t legally married. That was the problem, considered by the media to be a moral blemish worse than anarchism. American morality, was made of different stuff.
In Warsaw’s Gruba Kaśka water plant there are eight clams with sensors attached to their shells. If the clams close because they don’t like the taste of the water, the city’s supply is automatically shut off.
Before becoming the first president of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh spent years travelling the world. He once worked as a cook in a hotel in Boston.
The fork was once considered immoral, unhygienic and a tool of the devil. The first dining forks were used by the ruling class in the Middle East and the Byzantine Empire. In 1004, Maria Argyropoulina, niece of the Byzantine emperors Basil II and Constantine VIII, was married to the son of the Doge of Venice. She brought with her a little case of two-pronged golden forks, which she used at her wedding feast. The Venetians were shocked, and when Maria died three years later of the plague, Saint Peter Damian proclaimed it was God’s punishment.