In 2009 a man dressed as Santa robbed a Tennessee bank claiming he needed the money to “pay his elves”.
Trader Joe’s has a “try before you buy” policy – where employees will open nearly ANYTHING for you to sample.
Einstein mused that he would have liked to have been a plumber, and promptly was awarded honorary membership in the plumbers’ union.
Rudyard, Montana is the only town in the contiguous United States in which you could dig a hole through the center of the earth and emerge from the other side on dry land.
33% of Americans consider “whatever” to be the most annoying word or phrase. The recent addition of “fake news” takes second place with 23% followed closely by “no offense, but” with 20%. 11% think “literally” is the most grating word used in conversation while 10% assert “you know what I mean” is the most agitating.
Those who see Earth from space experience “The Overview Effect:” A remarkable sense of connection with the rest of the human race, and a desire for world peace.
Due to gravitational time dilation the core of the earth is approx. 2.5 years younger than surface. Higher gravitational potential causes time to move faster. For example, over the course of earth’s history, a clock at the top of Mt. Everest would be approx. 39 hours fast than at sea level.
All mammals, from mice to whales, have roughly the same number of heartbeats in a lifetime: 1 billion.
In 1989 the Oakland A’s Accounting Department was freaking out over a $1M surplus. Turns out, Ricky Henderson framed his $1M signing bonus cheque and hung it on his wall without cashing it.
A 3M adhesive tape plant accidentally created a force field of static electricity that was strong enough to prevent humans from passing through. A person near this “wall” was unable to turn, and so had to walk backwards to retreat from it.