In 1995, Isaac Asimov received a letter congratulating him on an accidental prediction of alpha-particle RAM errors in one of his 1950s novel “Caves of Steel”.
In 1967, Egypt received false intel from the Soviets that Israel was massing its troops on the Syrian border. In response, Egypt mobilized its forces in Sinai and Straits of Tiran. Israel saw the blockade of Tiran as a Casus Belli and launched a pre-emptive strike thus initiating the Six-Day War.
Timeless physics is the controversial view that time, as we perceive it, does not exist as anything other than an illusion. Arguably we have no evidence of the past other than our memory of it, and no evidence of the future other than our belief in it.
On 7 May 1999, the United States bombed a Chinese Embassy and claimed it was a mistake. The incident is still brought up in meetings.
Two penniless brothers living in a cave inherited $6.6 Billion from a long lost Grandmother.
Firefighters responding to the Chernobyl nuclear accident described their experiences of the radiation as “tasting like metal”, and feeling a sensation similar to that of pins and needles all over their faces.
Frontman Alice Cooper once lost a 12-foot boa named Yvonne in a hotel room in Knoxville, Tennessee. The snake reappeared two weeks later, having crawled into the sewer system via a hotel room toilet.
A British survey concluded that, in an emergency aircraft evacuation, up to 35% of people admit they would try to take some or all of their belongings with them, despite being instructed not to.
The USA paid more for the construction of Central Park (1876, $7.4 million), than it did for the purchase of the entire state of Alaska (1867, $7.2 million).
Animals re-evaluate what they experienced during the day in their sleep and thereby secure knowledge, meaning they have dreams as complex as a human’s.