In 2013, before Christmas, more than 250 passengers on Calgary-bound flights were part of a “Christmas miracle” done by WestJet. Santa Claus appeared on life-size screens at boarding gates and asked passengers what they wanted for Christmas. When the planes landed the gifts were on the baggage carousel.
In New Jersey, the back door of an armored Brink’s truck wasn’t working properly and opened during the drive. Cash came pouring out of the truck, causing much excitement and chaos – including car crashes – on the morning drive.
In November of 2018, an ATM in Houston, Texas, dispensed $100 bills instead of $10 bills by mistake. Word quickly spread on social media about the broken ATM, and people formed a line of cars to get the extra cash. Bank of America disabled the ATM and released the following statement: “This was an incident at a single ATM in Houston caused when a vendor incorrectly loaded $100 bills in place of $10 bills. We have resolved the matter. Customers will be able to keep the additional money dispensed,” according to ABC13.
A Japanese company (Gatebox) had created a “digital wife”… a device that created a holographic companion for lonely people. Now 35-year-old Akihiko Kondo has married his hologram companion. Since March, Kondo has been living with a moving, talking hologram of Miku that floats in a ShSh280,000 ( $2,800) desktop device.
Gatebox, the company that produces the hologram device has issued a “marriage certificate,” which certifies that a human and a virtual character have wed “beyond dimensions”.
The singer welcomes Kondo home every evening and tells him when it is time for bed. He even sleeps with a doll of the hologram beside him.
Science Alert claims this illusions mimics time travel in the brain:
In the Illusory Rabbit, the middle flash never happens, but most people still think they saw three flashes to match three beeps.
In the Invisible Rabbit, it’s the middle beep that is missed – and the brain usually thinks there was no middle flash either.
The fact that the middle beep or flash IS getting manipulated shows postdiction at work – it’s actually the last flash and beep that causes the illusion to happen. They make our brain alter what it perceived in the past.
In 1973, during his stay in Vietnam, Henry Moak was issued a combat ration that included a can of pound cake, manufactured in 1969. He vowed to eat the pound cake when he retired from the Army. On July 24, 2009, Colonel Moak opened the forty-year-old can and kept his word.
In 2009 California milk processors funded a 22-minute rock opera titled “Battle for Milkquarious.” It was marketed as “The most amazing rock opera ever made about milk.”
The San Francisco Fire Department makes its own wooden ladders that last many years longer than aluminum ones.
“Hemp for Victory” is a short film made by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture to promote farmers growing Cannabis Sativa for WWII. It’s existence was denied by the US Govt until VHS copied were eventually sourced.
In the early 1960s, The Price Is Right gave away prizes like an airplane, a submarine, a swimming pool, and a house in Florida.
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.