In 1818, an Englishman accused of murder demanded a trial by combat. Surprisingly, the law that allowed for trial by combat was still valid, and the man was acquitted when his accuser declined the offer of battle. Trial by combat was abolished the following year.
Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack are widely credited with helping end segregation in Las Vegas, by refusing to perform in venues that wouldn’t allow blacks.
Most lonely people don’t lack social skills. They just find themselves in lonely situations. However, loneliness can create a behavioral trap whereby lonely people focus on “I want this person to like me” in social situations, making themselves uninteresting to others in the process.
Mike Merrill has modeled his life after the stock market. He’s issued 1,000 “shares” of himself and life decisions are made by his shareholders’ votes. Some of the life decisions his investors have made for him are his hair color, the car he drives, his love interests, and even his diet.
“SLAM” was a cancelled nuclear ramjet missile that could carry up to 16 thermonuclear warheads, travel for months nonstop, spew radiation wherever it went, and flew at tree top levels, killing anyone it would fly over. The ramjet was powered by an on-board nuclear reactor instead of rocket fuel which is why it could fly for an outrageously long time at supersonic speeds. Part of the reason why it was cancelled was because there was no way to safely conduct test flights because of the massive radiation it would emit over the flight path.
Modern Peanut Butter was invented as a source of protein for people with no teeth.
The first known Easter egg in a video game was a secret room in Atari Adventure (1979) that credited the game’s developer, Warren Robinett. Atari did not allow their developers to be credited at the time so Robinett added the feature, told no one, and quit before anything could be done about it.
The Anita Krajnc case could result in her spending ten years in prison for giving water to thirsty pigs on their way to slaughter.