A British survey concluded that, in an emergency aircraft evacuation, up to 35% of people admit they would try to take some or all of their belongings with them, despite being instructed not to.
The USA paid more for the construction of Central Park (1876, $7.4 million), than it did for the purchase of the entire state of Alaska (1867, $7.2 million).
Animals re-evaluate what they experienced during the day in their sleep and thereby secure knowledge, meaning they have dreams as complex as a human’s.
Researchers examined more than 1,000 decisions by eight Israeli judges who ruled on convicts’ parole requests. Judges granted 65 percent of requests they heard at the beginning of the day’s session and almost none at the end. Right after a snack break, approvals jumped back to 65 percent again.
Based on da Vinci’s work, there is evidence that the artist had strabismus: one eye is straight, while the other eye can drift. Some forms of strabismus are thought to facilitate artistic work by suppressing the deviating eye, which creates 2D monocular vision advantageous to painting and drawing.
In 1984, a episode of Thomas The Tank Engine featured an engine, Henry, who refused to go out in the rain. To solve the problem, the workers boarded Henry up in a cave and abandoned him.
The United States Postal Service has about 1,700 employees in Utah who read anything that the automated systems can’t read like illegible addresses. About 5 million pieces of mail are read at this location daily. Seasoned employees generally average about 1,600 addresses read per hour.
Listerine was invented in the nineteenth century as powerful surgical antiseptic. It was later sold, in distilled form, as both a floor cleaner and a cure for gonorrhea.