In 1983 a Mexican pilot crashed landed in a small town in Ireland and the whole town came together to build a temporary runway for him to take off again and continue his flight.
A sports writer wrote a rude and snarky article about the Women’s National Basketball Association even though he had never been to a game. He was confronted by a WNBA star who chided him and invited him to watch her play. Two years later they were married.
“Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” by the Spin Doctors was about Chris Barron’s stepmother. When he was a kid, she told him that he would grow up to be a janitor and would play his songs for the rats. The Spin Doctors’ debut album sold 5 million copies with this song as the lead single.
Kiyoshi Kimura, Japanese sushi chain CEO, solved Somalian piracy by providing the facilities and teaching the pirates how to fish for tuna.
In Japan, some have the status of the Living National Treasures of Japan. They are individuals and groups certified by the government, who are masters of a traditional art or craft that is in danger of being lost. As a reward, they receive a small amount of money from the government annually.
Eddie Murphy has a daughter with former Spice Girl Melanie Brown. Murphy had initially denied it was his child until a DNA test proved he was the father.
Euler, one of the greatest mathematicians to ever live and certainly the most prolific, completed about half of his life’s work completely blind.
Despite stealing $2.2 million dollars and being a convicted felon for being a perpetrator of the largest public school embezzlement in American history, Frank Tassone receives a pension of $173,495 a year for life because New York State does not bar felons from collecting pensions.
In Ireland, each person who becomes 100 years old receives a congratulatory letter signed by the President with a gift cheque of €2,540. This custom is called the “Centenarian Bounty” and also applies to foreign national residents of the country.