After suffering from two severe car accidents, a woman named Michelle Philpots completely lost her ability to create new memories, causing her to wake up every day thinking it’s 1994.
Grigori Perelman, a Russian mathematician, successfully proved the Poincaré conjecture (one of the seven Millennium problems) in papers made available in 2002 and 2003. When his work survived review, he was offered a Fields Medal and the $1,000,000 Millennium Prize, both of which he turned down.
A woman rolled up to a store during an iPhone launch with a plan to buy out the entire store stock of iPhones and post the phones on Ebay. She bought her way to the front of the line for $800 … only to be told later about the “one phone per customer” rule.
On October 24 1975, 90% of Iceland’s women refused to work, cook or look after children. Every ten years, on the anniversary of this initial strike, women stop all work to demonstrate their important positions and continue the struggle for equality.
The skin of all human beings is covered in stripes. They’re called Blaschko’s Lines, and they cover the body from head to toe. We just can’t see them.
If you fail your driving test three times in Switzerland, you have to visit a psychologist who can assess the reasons for your failure.
Quality of US teachers was so poor in 2001 that the average teacher only scored better than 42% of students. By 2008, it was only up to 50%. This was done by requiring qualifications such as actually having degrees in whatever they are teaching.
In 1986, the United Way released 1.5 million balloons into the Cleveland sky to raise money for charity. The balloons were so thick that Coast Guard helicopters couldn’t reach an overturned boat, resulting in the death of two fishermen.
Jupiter is so large that it and the Sun mutually orbit a point outside of the Sun itself.
Best Buy used to have a fake internal website that looked exactly like their actual internet website, but with marked up prices, so they could price gouge in-store customers.