In 2006 an Australian man named Ricky Megee became stranded in the outback and survived 71 days on a diet of leeches, frogs, insects, snakes, ants, lizards and edible plants.
In the 1930s, the US spent $300.000 ($5,5 million adjusted for inflation) to built massive car with the goal to cross Antarctica. Only to discover upon arrival that the tyres didn’t work in the snow, and the whole thing was abandoned after 140 km (driven in reverse).
German hyperinflation after WWI was so bad by 1923 the US dollar was worth 4.2 trillion marks (before the war it was about four marks). Restaurants even stopped printing menus because by the time food arrived prices had gone up. One guy ordered coffee at 5000 marks, the second cup cost him 9000.
In 1974, U.S. Senator William Scott (R-Va) was named the Dumbest Member of Congress by a small fringe publication. He called a press conference to deny it, which gave the accusation nationwide circulation.
In the 1890s, electric bicycles were documented within various U.S. patents. However, in 1992 hardly any commercial electric bicycles were available and the terms E-Bike, power bike, pedelec, assisted bicycle, and power-assisted bicycle only became popular by 2001.
An 8-year-old boy earned an estimated $26 million, over a 12-month period, from reviewing toys on YouTube.
Baseball players have tried to fool base runners into an out by using a fake ball made with a frozen, painted potato. The hidden potato trick has a hundred year history, and was last used in a 1987 minor league game.
A Japanese ice cream company created a commercial to publicly apologize about needing to raise the price of their ice cream bars for the first time in 25 years from 60 yen to 70 yen.
A man won the $5.5 million state lottery but had to forfeit the winnings because he bought the ticket with the proceeds of selling 36 grams of cocaine to a federal informant.
Highly intelligent people like to be alone. They experience lower life satisfaction when they socialize more with friends, suggesting intelligence has evolved: the more intelligent members of a group, the more they are able to solve problems on their own without needing help from friends.