At the start of Operation Good Hope, US forces were supposed to land on the beaches of Mogadishu under the cover of darkness. Instead, they were met by CNN who was covering the landing live on television.
A man born premature with cerebral palsy, was unable to swallow on his own until the age of 1, is blind, was unable to speak or walk until the age of 16, began playing Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No.1 on piano in the middle of the night at age 16. He now can play any song after hearing it only once.
Nick Belluso, while running for governor of Georgia in 1978, came up with the idea of hypnotizing the voters to vote for him. So he hired a hypnotist and created a TV ad.
Candidate: This is Nick Belluso. In the next ten seconds you will be hit with a tremendously hypnotic force. You may wish to turn away. Without further ado let me introduce to you the hypnogenecist of mass hypnosis, the Reverend James G. Masters. Take us away, James.
Hypnotist: Do not be afraid. I am placing the name of Nick Belluso in your subconscious mind. You will remember this. You will vote on Election Day. You will vote Nick Belluso for governor. You will remember this. You will vote on Election Day. You will vote Nick Belluso for governor.
However, Belluso’s scheme was foiled when every TV station but one refused to run the ad, fearing the hypnosis might actually work, which would open them up to potential legal liabilities.
So Belluso lost the election. Though he subsequently became a perennial candidate running for many offices, including President of the United States in 1980.
Also worth noting: Belluso claimed he had been endorsed by “The Force.”
There is a 1982 Barbie commercial that ends with the line “Better make Ken a sandwich!”
Over the past 27 years, Mark McKinley, a retired professor of psychology in Amherst, Ohio, has amassed the world’s largest collection of talking clocks. Numbering over 1,000, his collection includes talking clocks from every era and corner of world. The clocks fill every corner of his house and chime continuously throughout the day.
Along with the new Tesla semi truck, Elon Musk unveiled the second-generation Tesla Roadster. The Roadster 2, which Musk says will be the fastest production car ever, apparently does 0-60 in 1.9 seconds and, uh, it shows:
If you want to get your hands on one, however, you’ll have to wait until 2020 (and have $200,000 lying around).
There is a strange subculture of Craigslist art, which involves artists posting offbeat requests on craigslist and seeing what happens. Some examples:
Kenneth Tam offered cash to any couple who would let him observe, and film, an ordinary dinner in their home while he sat, silent, in the background.
This is some Scooby-Doo level police work here.
Street clock in Japan