In 1990, a woman gave birth on a plane with the help of a recently graduated gynecologist on the plane. And the baby went on to become a flight attendant at the same airline later.
The first Soviet probe sent to Mars’ moon Phobos failed due to user error. While the probe was still on its way to Mars, an impatient technician who didn’t want to wait for his code to be proofread unintentionally sent a command to the probe to shut down and there was no way to turn it back on.
After the incident, an investigation was immediately ordered to determine who was responsible for the failure. Nevertheless, disciplinary action was postponed until the completion of the Phobos 2 mission. This was to prevent the demoralization of the Phobos 2 team. Any penalization of the Phobos 1 team would create anxiety among the Phobos 2 team and reduce the chances of mission success.
This postponement of punitive measures was urged by IKI director Roald Sagdeev. He quoted the former secret service chief under Stalin, Lavrenti Beria, who said “Let’s make them work for now. We can shoot them all later.”
“Hemp for Victory” is a short film made by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture to promote farmers growing Cannabis Sativa for WWII. It’s existence was denied by the US Govt until VHS copied were eventually sourced.
Walking through a doorway can cause memory lapses. That is why sometimes when we walk into another room, we often forget why we even came there.
Japanese football fans always clean up their stadium after their World Cup Finals games, a tradition stemming back to the 1998 World Cup
In 1934, Swiss banking secrecy laws were strengthened to encourage Jews of Central & Eastern Europe, fearful of Nazis, to hide their assets in Swiss banks. After a majority of those depositors died during the Holocaust, the laws were used to wrongfully deny their heirs access to those accounts.
Spanish drink called “Kola Coca” was presented at a contest in Philadelphia in 1885, a year before the official birth of Coca-Cola. The rights to this Spanish drink were bought by Coca-Cola in 1953.
McDonalds once came up with bubblegum flavoured broccoli, in an attempt to get kids to eat healthier. It was never introduced as children found the flavour confusing.
Frans de Waal is a Dutch biologist, who is studying primates. France tries to understand the origin of certain human behavior and morals. And for better understanding, he took a closer look into the animal world. In 70’s, when he decided to do more research, all the studies about primate and animal behaviour in general, were based on aggression and violence theory, It was thought, that aggression was a prime instinct, But, Frans discovered, that even though chimpanzes act agressively, they reconcile after a fight. Frans decided to focus on a socially positive tendencies and came to a conclusion,that animals are capable of empathy, sharing and doing favors for each other. Furthermore, they are all for fairness and equality.
Ants are skilled farmers. Many species of ants purposely grow an edible fungus inside the nest that the ants feed upon, to ensure that the nest isn’t wiped out by starvation when food is scarce.