Christopher Havens, a convicted murderer solves ancient math problem in prison. Taught himself higher math and solved the age-old math puzzle of number theory involving so-called continued fractions over which Euclid has already racked his brains. He then published the journal in January 2020.
Early Russian silent movies often had two endings — a tragic one for the home market and a happy one for export. Conversely, foreign movies at the time often were made with a happy ending for the home audience and a tragic ending, specifically for Russia.
People really do have a “type” when it comes to romantic attraction. According to a study, 50% of people’s preferences for faces is unique to them, and who we find attractive is most strongly influenced by our life experiences.
In the mid-1990s, a man in Montana was able to build fully armed Cobra attack helicopters out of supposedly demilitarized military surplus parts. He then used them to hunt coyotes.
The award presented for the most battle ready ship is called the “Marjorie Sterrett” award. It is named after a 13 yr old girl who sent her allowance of 10 cents to the New York Tribune to help build warships for WWI. She asked that the next ship built be named “America”.
One of the top security experts at the FBI, Frank Abagnale, was also one of the most successful con-mans of all time. He posed as a pilot to travel for free on over 250 flights to 25 countries aged between 16-18, and had scammed his father out of $28k (adjusted for inflation) aged just 15. Abagnale’s story inspired the Academy Award-nominated feature film, Catch Me If You Can (2002).
In the 1920s in Los Angeles, most hotels prohibited women from checking in without a male chaperone, making it unsafe for females traveling to LA solo. Hotel Figueroa was opened in 1926 funded by women making it the largest hotel for women professionals to gather in a safe environment.
The 442nd Infantry Regiment was comprised almost entirely of Japanese American soldiers during WW2. In total, about 18,000 men served, ultimately earning 9,486 Purple Hearts and 21 Medals of Honor, making it the most decorated combat unit in US history.
Keanu Reeves was forced to shoot a film after a friend forged his signature on the films contract. ‘The Watcher’ went down as one of his worst movies by critics.