In 1957, woman was struck by consecutive foul balls. First one broke her nose and the second broke her leg while being carried out on a stretcher.
2% of airline luggage is either lost or unclaimed. If airlines are unable to reunite baggage with their owners, they legally own it after 90 days and sell it to the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama, which receives 7000 new items per day.
At the start of the Vietnam War, the South Vietnamese government favored Catholics over Buddhists so much that some Catholic priests ran private armies that forced conversions and demolished Buddhist pagodas with mortar fire.
In 1648 an angry mob of Parisians once broke into the royal palace, demanding to see the king. They were led into the bedchamber of Louis XIV, who was pretending to be asleep. Satisfied, the mob quietly departed.
In 1986 an astronomer trying to trace a 75 cent computer time discrepancy for 10 months eventually found a German hacker selling defense secrets to the KGB.
Karl May, Hitler’s favorite author, was a conman who wrote novel’s about Old Shatterhand, a German One Punch Man in the Wild West (who May claimed was actually himself, even though he’d never been to the US or even out of Germany at that point).
Dr. Story Musgrave, a NASA astronaut, made history on STS-80 by not getting into his seat before re-entry. He instead stood up on the flight deck “surfing” the Space Shuttle while it decelerated from 17,000mph to 0mph. He is the only person to have seen re-entry plasma with his bare eyes.
The guy is absolutely nuts:
In 1963, George Blonsky patented a table that used centrifugal force to assist in childbirth. The expectant mother would be strapped down and spun at high speed, and the baby caught in a net.
In the United States of 1953, atomic fallout was damaging vehicles so badly that President Eisenhower was notified of the disaster. Scientific study confirmed the damages, but then later It turned out to be a case of mass hysteria.