After being shot in the chest, former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt proceeded to deliver a 90 minute speech, as scheduled. His opening comments to the gathered crowd were, “Ladies and gentlemen, I don’t know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot, but it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose.”
The eyes of a Mantis Shrimp carry 16 types of color receptive cones, where as humans possess only 3. This gives the crustacean the ability to recognize colors that are unimaginable by other species.
Steven Spielberg refused payment for his work on “Schindler’s List”.
In the 1977 NBA draft, Bruce Jenner was selected 139th overall by the Kansas City Kings, despite not having actually played basketball since high school.
When Nazi physician Josef Mengele (a.k.a. “The Angel of Death”) would visit his child subjects, he would introduce himself as “Uncle Mengele” and offered them sugar and sweets.
The Tsar Bomba, which was the most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated, yielded 50-58 megatons of TNT. That is equivalent to about 10 times the combined power of all the conventional explosives used by all the armies in WW2.
In 1982, “Lawn Chair Larry” took flight in a homemade airship which consisted of an ordinary patio chair attached to 45 helium-filled weather balloons. Armed with a pellet gun, he rose to over 15,000 feet, and enjoyed cold beer and sandwiches before making his miraculous descent.
If the strange matter hypothesis is correct, it is speculated that a strangelet coming into contact with an ordinary lump of matter could convert the ordinary matter to strange matter. In a disaster scenario, all the nuclei of all the atoms of Earth are converted, and Earth is reduced to a hot, large lump of strange matter.
In the aftermath of WW2, over 1500 scientists, technicians, and engineers from Nazi Germany and other foreign countries were recruited by the United States instead of being prosecuted for war crimes. In fact, the German rocket program was a significant contributor to NASA’s entry into the space race.
During the 1943 NFL season, both the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers had lost so many players to military service during WW2, that they were forced to temporarily merge in to the Steagles.
Project MKUltra was an illegal and clandestine program of experiments on human subjects designed and undertaken by the CIA in the 1950s, which intended to identify and develop drugs and procedures to be used in interrogations and torture, in order to weaken the individual to force confessions through mind control.
This year, the U.S. government will allocate over 600 billion dollars to the Department of Defense. In contrast, NASA will receive just over 17 billion dollars in funding.