Stephen Pruitt has made more than 2,500,000 edits to Wikipedia articles (he’s edited a third of Wikipedia’s nearly 5.7 million pages) and has generated more than 31,000 original articles in the past 13 years. “My interests are maybe not the most ordinary,” concedes the 34-year-old, “but I have them, and I follow them.” I support this 100%.”
“Every Breath You Take” by The Police is supposed to be about someone obsessed with a lost lover, and who stalks them. Sting, who wrote it, is troubled by how many people think it is a love song.
In 1982 Xerox management watched a film of people struggling to use their new copier and laughed that they must have been grabbed off a loading dock. The people struggling were Ron Kaplan, a computational linguist, and Allen Newell, a founding father of artificial intelligence.
In 1971 Pink Floyd played a show in London that was so loud it killed all the fish in a lake 100 yards away.
It is legal to be buried at sea in the USA. You basically wrap the body in a sheet with some weights, at least 3 miles from shore and throw it off the boat. The Navy even has a program to assist veterans of the armed services.
On January 22, 1943 in Spearfish, South Dakota, the temperature rose from -4 at 7:32 a.m. to 45 degrees–a rise of 49 degrees—in just two minutes. A couple of hours later, it plunged from 54 back to -4 degrees–a change of 58 degrees in 27 minutes.
In 1808 two Frenchmen held a duel in the skies by both riding their own hot air balloon and shooting at each other’s balloon.
The Dixie Chicks are still de facto “banned” from country music radio due to criticizing President Bush back in 2003. Their music is never played on many country stations.
The bazooka was a brass musical instrument created by Comedian Bob Burns. It was several feet in length and incorporated telescopic tubing like the trombone. The military borrowed the nickname for its anti-tank weapon during World War II due to its vague resemblance to the musical instrument.