When Stalin visited his mother in 1935, she asked him what he did. He said “Do you remember the tsar? Well, I’m like a tsar” his mother’s response was “You’d have done better to have become a priest”.
A Hungarian chemist during WWII hid his Nobel Prize by dissolving it in acid and leaving it on a shelf due to the Nazi ban on its citizens from accepting the Nobel Prize. After the war, he reconstituted the gold from the acid, returned it to Sweden, and got the medal cast again.
Deodorant was first sold in the 1900s and didn’t become popular until advertising agencies convinced consumers that body odor was bad.
In 1999 an engineer earned $150,000 in air miles by buying 12,150 cups of pudding worth $3000.
Millennials being scrutinized isn’t unique to this generation. Older generations have been doing it to younger generations for over 2,000 years. Similar criticisms include laziness, being self absorbed, spending too much money, expectations being too high, and the use of technology.
Chernobyl wildlife flourished after the disaster, implying humans are more detrimental than severe radiation.
A California woman won $1.3 million in the lottery and filed for divorce 11 days later. She didn’t tell her husband, and two years later her husband found out all about it and sued her. The Judge awarded her husband all of her winnings.
Notorious mafia boss “Lucky” Luciano aided the WWII effort from his prison cell by ordering his men to protect the East Coast from foreign invasion and convincing his Italian mafia contacts to help the Allies during their invasion of Sicily.
In 2011 a 99-year-old Italian man divorced his 96-year-old wife after finding her secret love letters from the 1940s, revealing she had an affair.
Humans have a negativity bias that makes us continuously look for bad news. The trait stems from early humans who developed it as a survival mechanism.