A study about class differences in 18th & 19th century England, showed that on average, a wealthy 16-year old boy was 8.5 inches taller than a poor 16-year old boy, as a result of malnourishment and living standards.
Four people have died searching for a treasure hidden by a millionaire in 2009 in the southwestern Rocky Mountains. The estimated $2m treasure has yet to be discovered and its whereabouts are contained within a cryptic poem that the millionaire wrote after he hid his treasure.
In the 1960s, the Canadian government commissioned a series of homosexuality tests known as the fruit machine.
The fruit machine consisted of a series of questions, a chair resembling one you might sit in at a dentist’s office, and flashing images of mundane scenes contrasted with pornography that people in the ’50s thought gay people would like — think: half-naked carnival strongmen. Subjects (who were told the machine was measuring stress) sat in the chair and watched the images while scientists noted their pulse rate, skin reflexes, breathing rate and pupillary response.
It didn’t work, and ruined countless lives.
Thomas Jefferson created his own version of the Bible, using a razor to cut out the ‘supernatural’ parts, such as the miracles and the resurrection. Today, new members of Congress receive a copy upon election.
Oklahoma’s 2016 Teacher of the Year moved to Texas in 2017 for a higher salary.
“Flipping the bird” is a form of speech protected by the First Amendment. It’s not a crime to be obnoxious. But there’s a man in Oregon who tests the limits of free speech by giving the finger to every police officer that he sees.
In 1895, UK prime minister William Gladstone founded a public library. Aged 85, he wheelbarrowed his personal collection of 32,000 books the ¾ mile between his home and the library. His desire, his daughter said, was to “bring together books who had no readers with readers who had no books”.
After losing automatic control of his Mercury capsule, astronaut Gordon Cooper was forced to use his knowledge of constellations, wristwatch, and his eyeballs to manually land his spacecraft. He ended up splashing just 4 miles from his recovery ship, the most accurate landing up to that point.
Flamin’ Hot Cheetos were invented by a janitor at Frito-Lay who sprinkled chili powder on some regular Cheetos that didn’t get dusted. After his invention, he quickly rose up the ranks to become a PepsiCo executive. His name is Richard Montañez.
Bees will seek out alcohol and get drunk–and “bouncers” at the hive refuse to let them in until they sober up.