40 years before James Cameron’s “Avatar” was released, the “Noon Universe” Russian sci-fi novels were published, set on a forest planet called Pandora in the 22nd century, inhabited by humanoids called Nave (compared to the “Na’vi” in Avatar).
In 1915, during a historic drought, San Diego hired a “Rain Maker.” He took the job and soon thereafter there was so much rain that there were floods and a dam even broke. They didn’t pay him though. Too much rain.
Most stars exist in binary or triple star systems. It is hypothesized that up to 85% of stars are gravitationally bound to another star in a multiple star system. Therefore, solitary stars (such as the Sun) are actually not the norm in the universe, but in fact are a rarity.
A fish at the Vancouver Aquarium was given a prosthetic eye so it wouldn’t be bullied by other fish.
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.
Fashion brand R13 has introduced shorts that kind of look like two pairs of clothes have gotten stuck together in the dryer. Price: $565.
In Victorian London, mail was delivered to homes 12 times a day. “Return of post” was a commonly used phrase for requesting an immediate response to be mailed at the next scheduled delivery. It was quite common for people to complain if a letter didn’t arrive within a few hours.
A set of twins was reunited after 37 years in 1979. Both were named Jim by their adoptive parents, loved carpentry and math, and pursued careers in security. Even stranger, they had each married a woman named Linda and then remarried a woman named Betty.
Upon being told he couldn’t go to Disneyland due to security concerns, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev went berserk. He said afterwards, “What do you have there – rocket launching pads? Is there a cholera epidemic down there? Have gangsters taken control of the place? Your police are strong enough to lift up a bull; surely they are strong enough to take care of gangsters?” Khrushchev left LA the next morning.
After Michael Jackson’s hair caught fire in 1984 he founded a burn center. “I wanted to do something because I was so moved by the other burn patients I met…” He suffered painful burns, but hospital staff remember him spending much of his time visiting and comforting other patients.