Italian cyclist Alfredo Binda was so overwhelmingly dominating his sport, that he was payed by the organizers of the Giro d’Italia not to race. The sum he received was equivalent to that awarded to the winner.
Sci-fi author Phillip K. Dick was once so poor he ate dog food to survive. He would go on to have an outstanding career and write a novel that formed the basis for the movie Blade Runner.
One of the richest woman in China was born in extreme poverty in a remote mountain village. She got her wealth by selling her chili sauce, lao gan ma, which she originally made for her noodle stand.
Scientists hope to clone a 40,000-Year-Old extinct horse. The baby horse was discovered in permafrost in eastern Siberia. The animal’s tissue was preserved enough for scientists to obtain samples. There is no damage to the horse’s carcass and even its hair is intact.
The team of scientists is hoping the experiment on the baby horse will give them insight to progress toward their ultimate goal – bringing back the extinct woolly mammoth.
“If we manage to clone the horse – it will be the first step to cloning the mammoth.”
American service members drank so much beer in Iceland that they cause a shortage and some bars ran out completely.
When Robin Williams appeared on ‘Inside the Actors Studio’ in 2001, an audience member developed a hernia from laughing too hard, and had to be taken away in an ambulance.
12 camels were disqualified from a Saudi beauty pageant when a veterinarian was caught injecting their noses, lips, and jaw with botox to make them more attractive.
There is an exclusive club in Antarctica called Club 300. In order to become a member one have to warm themselves in a 200 degree sauna, and then run outside naked and touch the Ceremonial South Pole where it’s 100 degrees below.
14 of the 60 residents of the village of New Rome, Ohio were police officers. The police department’s only purpose was issuing traffic tickets, and they brought in around $400,000 a year, mostly by citing drivers for things such as improperly tinted windows. The town was dissolved in 2004.
In July 2017, the Chinese government banned Justin Bieber from performing in China. They released a statement later on saying “In order to maintain order in the Chinese market and purify the Chinese performance environment, it is not suitable to bring in badly behaved entertainers.”