There’s a material called FOGBANK that’s used by the US Department of Energy that’s so top secret and compartmentalized, that the government once actually “forgot” how to make it due to a lack of actual records and dwindling institutional knowledge. FOGBANK’s precise nature is classified; in the words of former Oak Ridge general manager Dennis Ruddy, “The material is classified. Its composition is classified. Its use in the weapon is classified, and the process itself is classified.”
In 1992, a couple donated their egg and sperm to a local hospital. In 2020, that frozen embryo was finally implanted into a woman which which resulted in the successful birth of the world’s first ’27-year-old’ baby.
The winner of the first season of the American show “Survivor”, Richard Hatch, served 4 years in prison for tax evasion after failing to report his winnings to the IRS.
In the Middle Ages there was a belief animals understood the concept of morality and possessed rationality. They were summoned to court, put on trial for a variety of offenses, and given the same punishments as humans. Lawyers defended pigs, rats, and sheep. Even flies and slugs faced judgement.
There is a wire called an eruv that hangs above Manhattan encircling much of the borough, acting as a symbolic boundary that turns the public streets into a private space, much like one’s own home that allows Jewish people to move about freely without having to worry about breaking Jewish law.
Vermont passed a law in 1999 that the state pie is Apple and one must make a “good faith effort” to serve it with either a glass of cold milk, 1/2 oz. of cheddar cheese, or a large scoop of vanilla.
Yaupon, a holly bush indigenous to the south-east United States, was once the most widely consumed caffeinated beverage in the Americas, so popular that the British East India Company deemed it a threat to their control of the tea market.
Two regions of the brain, reward pathways and the hippocampus, physically shrink when we’re clinically depressed and gaming reverses that damage. Gameplay hyperstimulates areas of the brain associated with motivation, goals, learning and memory; making it the neurological opposite of depression.
Because Wayne Wheeler was stabbed in the leg with a pitchfork by a drunk farmhand he dedicated his life to banning alcohol and eventually achieved prohibition.
James Franco once created an invisible sculpture called ‘Fresh Air’. It was described as an endless supply of oxygen. Someone actually bought the ‘sculpture’ for $10,000.