A group of 15 monkeys escaped a research institute in Japan by using trees to catapult themselves over a 17ft high electric fence one by one. However, despite the intelligence shown in their great escape, the primates appeared unsure as to what to do with their newfound freedom: the monkeys remained by the gates of the research centre and were lured back into captivity by scientists armed with peanuts.
Benjamin Careathers, an American man, sued Red Bull in 2015, stating that after 10 years of consuming the product, he received no wings, or enhanced physical or intellectual performance.
Modern cruise control was developed by an engineer frustrated by his lawyer who kept speeding up and slowing down the car as he talked.
In 2011, a 134-hour documentary showing a cruise ship on its voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes was transmitted live and non-stop on Norwegian television. Approximately half the population of Norway tuned in to watch.
UK prop designer Andrew Ainsworth, made the original Stormtrooper helmets, was sued by Lucasfilm for $20m for making and selling replicas, argued he did not hold the intellectual property rights, a point upheld by a US court. After spending £700,000 defending himself, Ainsworth won.
In 1969 Forrest Parry, an IBM engineer, had the idea to affix magnetic tape to a plastic card. Every adhesive failed. He went home frustrated. His wife was ironing when he walked in. She suggested he fuse the tape onto the card with the iron. It was a success, and the magstripe card was born.
One of the first winners of the Miss USA pageant was stripped of her title when it was revealed that she was married and had children as being a wife and mother were against contest rules.
An Uber driver asked his passenger to drive while on a 300 mile route so he could take a nap. He awoke to them being chased by the police.
The New York City owns an abandoned 22-acre island less than one mile from Manhattan. It has been abandoned since 1963 with no current plans of development.
An artist made a counterfeit penny out of $100 worth of gold, which he copper-plated and then put into circulation in Los Angeles. Two years later, it was found in New York.