In 1977, Argentina flew a pregnant woman to their military base in Antarctica so she could have first baby to ever be born on the continent. In doing so, the Argentine government believed this would give them an undisputable claim on the land, but the claim is not recognized internationally.
Scientists aren’t just working on lab-grown meat, but lab-grown milk as well, which will yield vegan-friendly cheese, butter, and ice cream, and also reduce the carbon footprint of the dairy industry.
Facebook’s facial recognition system was found to outperform similar systems used by the FBI. Where Facebook has a 98% accuracy rating in identifying faces, the FBI had a success rate of 85%.
Free services like Craigslist have decimated the classified advertising departments of newspapers, some of which depended on classifieds for 70% of their ad revenue. Research has shown that Craigslist cost the newspaper industry $5.4 billion from 2000-2007.
In 1915 Closing and Opening times in pubs had to be implemented to stop factory workers showing up to work drunk and harming the war effort.
In June 2017, a tire shop in Fort Worth, Texas, was robbed so often that the owner bought a guard dog. The next time the shop was robbed, the intruders stole the dog.
Kirk Kerkorian, the richest person in Los Angeles, has dispensed more than $200 million and a school, and he has never allowed anything to be named in his honor.
Doctors are purposely tripping the elderly to make them more fall resistant. The therapy involves hooking them into a harness and having trainers shove/nudge/trip them off balance. The harness keeps them from falling and getting hurt while the exercises help train muscles for better balance.
Uber drivers in China changed their profile photos to ghosts and zombie images so that when potential passengers saw these pictures they would cancel the ride they’d just booked, thus earning the driver the cancellation fee.