Psychologist László Polgár theorized that any child could become a genius in a chosen field with early training. As an experiment, he trained his daughters in chess from age 4. All three went on to become chess prodigies, and the youngest, Judit, is considered the best female player in history.
In 1969, the University of Washington broke up a student protest by having some farmers “accidentally” release angry bees.
On 2 separate occasions, British police officer Steve Hutton, barked at fleeing criminals to trick them into thinking he had a police dog with him. It worked.
Two brothers from a set of triplets fooled a Russian prison when one brother swapped places with the other to give him a brief taste of freedom. Rather than returning, the freed brother ran off with his brother’s girlfriend. It took years for the authorities to realize they had been duped.
In March 2011, Korea’s anti-trust regulator went to a Samsung facility in Suwon to raid the building, looking for evidence of possible collusion between the company and wireless operators to fix the prices of mobile phones. Before investigators could get inside employees began eating documents.
Archaeologists discovered an ancient ‘meme’ in Turkey. In 2012 during excavation work which revealed a 2000-year-old mosaic, which features a chill skeleton reclining with bread and wine next to the inscription “Be cheerful, live your life”.
In 2015 a father saved his son’s life when doctors wrongly declared him braindead and were taking him off life support. He barricaded himself with a gun in the hospital and had a stand-off with SWAT until his son squeezed his hand. The son made a full recovery.
In 2003 a herd of wild elephants released a group of captive antelopes from a game reserve in Southeast Africa. The matriarch of the herd undid all of the gate’s metal latches with her trunk & then pushed it open. The antelope took their chance & ran into the bush followed by the elephants.
During a visit to London, Boris Yeltsin nearly caused a diplomatic row by trying to hug the Queen. Afterwards, it was suggested that the Russian should in the future be advised that apart from handshakes, people do not ‘handle’ the Queen.
In the early 1960s, The Price Is Right gave away prizes like an airplane, a submarine, a swimming pool, and a house in Florida.