There are roughly 100,000 pay phones that still exists and function in the USA. It takes only three 50¢ calls a day on a payphone which is still enough money to be sustainably profitable.
Hermann Buhl was a mountain climber who became the first person to climb the 9th highest mountain in the world, Nanga Parbat. It was a solo climb. On his descent, he was caught in darkness and was forced to stand upright on a rock ledge for the entire night, in order to survive until morning.
The Cave of the Crystals in Chihuahua, Mexico has a selenite crystals that are an average tree size. The cave is extremely hot and its air temperatures reaching up to 136 °F. Therefore, people can only endure approximately ten minutes of exposure, without proper protection.
Miguel Wattson, an electric eel from Tennessee, has its own Twitter account. Whenever he discharges a large enough jolt, a tweet will be automatically send out to his account EelectricMiguel. Apart from sending tweets, he also helps power up Christmas trees at the aquarium.
The origins of NASCAR racing go back to the prohibition era when moonshine runners would upgrade their vehicles in order to outrun authorities while leaving the vehicles looking ordinary so as not to attract attention.
Sarah Biffin, a Victorian English painter born without arms and legs, learned to write, sew and paint with her mouth. Her miniature portraits at a traveling show impressed an Earl so much that he paid for her tutelage. She became very popular and even the Royal Family commissioned her work.
According to the new study, there’s a 50-50 chance we’re living in a simulation. And the probability will increase as we develop technology enabling the creation of a simulation containing conscious beings.
“The day we invent that technology, it flips the odds from a little bit better than 50–50 that we are real to almost certainly we are not real, according to these calculations,” Kipping told Scientific American. It’d be a very strange celebration of our genius that day.”
For 30 years Paul Shuen was one of Canada’s most respected obstetricians and gynecologists. His license to practise in Ontario was revoked after it was discovered that, since deliveries paid more on weekends, he was drugging his patients without their knowledge to induce labor on Saturday.
A significant amount of money was saved during the making of the movie The Mask because Jim Carey’s body movements were so flexible and cartoonish, they didn’t see the need to enhance them digitally.
The Wodaabe tribe from Chad has a courtship tradition called Gerewol. Men spend hours getting dressed to dance in front of the tribe’s women in hopes of being judged the most beautiful. Women from the tribe can pick who they want to get married to.
After opening his first shop, KFC’s Col. Sanders got in a shootout with a local competitor. His opponent shot a bystander and was eventually convicted of murder, ultimately eliminating Sander’s local competition.
During his trip to the Moon, Apollo 16 astronaut Ken Mattingly lost his wedding ring. According to his fellow astronaut, it ‘just floated off somewhere’ and he spent all his spare time on the mission trying to find it.