An early script for the film Gladiator included the gladiators endorsing products in the arena. While historically accurate, it was removed for being unbelievable to audiences.
When Miley Cyrus was younger, she was hired by her dad to pick up bras and panties thrown at him during his concerts. She was paid $10.
The city of Reykjavík, Iceland, uses hot water to maintain the temperature of a section of its downtown pond so the birds living there always have a corner in which to swim, even in winter.
A doctor in China used CRISPR to edit the genes of twin girls to be more resistant to HIV, creating the first genetically engineered “designer babies.” The Chinese government sentenced him to to 3 years in prison for illegal medical practice.
Elwood Edwards, the voice of AOL’s ‘You’ve Got Mail’, said that many people think he must be a multimillionaire on a private island considering his voice was used billions of times. In fact, he was paid $200 for recording the ubiquitous phrase in 1989. He got the job because his wife worked at an AOL predecessor. He is now an Uber Driver in Ohio.
In 1979, two families escaped East Germany in a homemade hot air balloon. They flew for 28 minutes at −8 °C (18 °F) with no shelter as the gondola was just a clothesline railing. They landed just 10km (6.2 mi) from the border. The escape was planned out over 1 and 1/2 years and took 3 attempts.
In 2011 the US Department of Defense published a Counter-Zombie Dominance report as a legitimate document. The document plans for worst case scenarios and foster out-of-box-thinking.
Wong Kei is one of the UK’s largest Chinese restaurants and once described as “the rudest restaurant in London”: staff would shout at customers, insult them if they asked for knives and forks, and chase them down the street if they felt they had not tipped enough.
Martin Pistorius fell into a coma at age twelve. He was trapped in his body for 12 years. When he showed signs of recovery, his mother quit her job and worked with him for two years, teaching him to speak with a computer. He went on to get a degree, learn to drive, and get married.
Linguistic philosopher J. L. Austin made the claim that there is no language in which a double positive implies a negative during a lecture. To which someone responded, “Yeah, yeah.”