Jose Mujica, the president of Uruguay from 2010-2015, was known as the “the world’s humblest head of state” as he gave away around 90% of his $12,000 monthly salary to charity. He also led an austere lifestyle; he lived on a farm than in the presidential palace and drove a 1987 VW beetle.
A scientist from the Mars Viking mission believes we found life on Mars over 40 years ago. It was dismissed at the time despite strong signals that the tests were positive, and since then there’s been no attempt to repeat the experiment.
Former Liberian President, Charles D. B. King, earned himself a spot in the Guinness Book of Records for the most fraudulent election reported in history, having won the 1927 election with 2,43,000 votes in a country with 15,000 registered voters.
Ben Franklin was a slaveowner for much of his life, but after a friend took him to visit a school for black children. He wrote that African ignorance was not inherently natural but come from lack of education, slavery and negative environments. And he petitioned Congress to end slavery.
Over 60 old police cars were purchased for the making of the 1980 movie Blues Brothers‘ chase scenes, and none of them survived.
Hayleigh Curtis is one of Cadbury’s 10 taste testers. Her taste buds are so important that Cadbury got her tongue insured for 1.25 million dollars.
As of 2018 most of the early cryonics companies that froze dead bodies for future revival had gone out of business, and their stored corpses have been thawed and disposed of.
In February 1961, East Orange, NJ police arrested 14 people from their beds at home after midnight. Their crime was failing to return library books that were more than four months overdue.
Chinese millionaire Xiong Shuihua demolished the slums where he grew up, built luxury houses and gave the keys to the residents… for free.
A psychology study of more than 4,000 millionaires found that people with more wealth are indeed happier with life. They also found that people who earned their wealth were happier than those who inherited it.