Earlier this week, NASA fixed one of its Mars rovers by programming it to hit itself with a shovel.
“The Great Leveler” is a book that argues that the greatest redistributions of wealth in history are during times of war, plague, and catastrophe, citing the Black Death and WWI as “actually suppressing inequality, by raising the price of labor.”
In 1967, US president Lyndon Johnson secretly ordered a study that concluded he would die at age 64. He died of a heart attack in 1973 at age 64.
The longest car in the world was 100 feet long, had 26 wheels, a jacuzzi, diving board, king-sized water bed, and a helicopter landing pad, and was called the ‘American Dream’.
On October 18, 2019, in New York, The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in partnership with the World Economic Forum and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation hosted Event 201, a high-level pandemic exercise. The exercise illustrated areas where public/private partnerships will be necessary during the response to a severe pandemic in order to diminish large-scale economic and societal consequences.
Research shows that starting school at 10am instead of 8:30am halves student illness and improves academic performance.
To increase circulation of dollar coins, in 2008 the US Mint allowed individuals to purchase in bulk with free shipping. It was quickly exploited as a way to gain frequent flyer miles. People purchased coins with a credit card, then deposited them at their bank to pay the bill, cost free.
In 2010, a fed up Jet Blue flight attendant announced his resignation over the PA system upon landing. He then grabbed 2 beers from a beverage cart and exited by deploying the plane’s emergency slide.
In 1940 Disney’s movie “Fantasia” invented the concept of stereo sound, eventually changing the music industry forever. To promote the film, Disney created a surround sound system called “Fantasound” that used multiple speakers spread across a room to immerse audiences in the film’s music.
Many female workers at Ravensbrück concentration were forced to produce army uniforms for the Nazis. They deliberately sabotaged them. An example of this is that they made the heels of socks too narrow or defective. This gave soldiers painful blisters on their feet. The OSS (WW2 version of CIA basically) actually produced pamphlets encouraging simple sabotage. These were meant to be dispersed to labor and management within target countries. To do things like “sew one pant leg shorter than another” and to put “metal shavings in oil/gas tanks” among many many other suggestions. Even telling factory managers to simply “lose” important documents.