A professor ran a long running study on a pitch drop missed every single drop. One in 1977 because he went home tired, another in 1988 because he went to get a cup of tea, and in 2000 due to a malfunctioned webcam. When the next drop finally fell in 2014, he had died 8 month earlier.
The longest serving socialist in US government was Daniel Hoan, Mayor of Milwaukee (24 years, 1916-1940). He started the first public housing project in the country.
“Missing White Woman Syndrome” is a phenomenon of disproportionately heightened media coverage surrounding disappearances of young, white, upper-class women compared to similar cases of missing males or non-white women.
From 1912 to 1952, the Olympics also awarded official medals for painting, sculpture, architecture, literature and music. Every work of art had to be somehow inspired by the concept of sport. A total of 151 medals were given during these four decades.
In 1949, the magazine ‘Popular Mechanics’ predicted that computers in the future ‘may have only 1000 vacuum tubes’ and weigh 1.5 tons compared to the ENIAC, which had 18,000 tubes and weighed 30 tons.
2020 didn’t feature the first Toilet Paper Panic. In 1973, Johnny Carson made a joke about a toilet paper shortage, causing people to hoard enough to cause an actual nationwide shortage.
The melon drop scam was a con that targeted Japanese tourists. Scammers would buy a watermelon for a low price and then bump into an Asian tourist and charge them about $100 for the broken melon. This is due to the higher fruit prices in Japan. These days the scam involves any broken item.
In 1914 the first residential air conditioners cost between $10k and $50k (or $120k to $600k inflation-adjusted). By the 1960s, they were as low as $416 (or $4k inflation-adjusted). Since then, heat-related deaths in the U.S. have declined by 80 percent.
Due to casino distributions, every Seminole Indian child born is a multi millionaire when they turn 18 years old.
After Motown mega group The Temptations fired lead singer David Ruffin he snuck on stage during a live show, grabbed the mic and sang a full song, stunning the band and the audience. The band hired more security but Ruffin kept finding ways to sneak on stage, grab the mic, and sing a song.