Within the first 5 years of the “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk” campaign (begun in 1983), the U.S experienced its lowest number of alcohol-related fatalities since the DOT began keeping records, and more than 68% of Americans reported trying to prevent someone from driving after drinking.
A Japanese hospital has an entrance test for aspiring medical students – they must perform 3 tasks in 15 minutes using surgical instruments – make miniature paper cranes, reassemble a dead bug from parts and make miniature sushi using a single rice grain. 40 students are selected.
During the Bosnian War, a 1979 Chevy Camaro was updated with state of the art equipment by US Military and was used to take much needed supplies to civilians.
A con man tricked Al Capone out of $5,000. He got Capone to give him $50,000 to invest in a scam. After 2 months, he returned it. He told Capone that the scam had fallen through, and he had no money left to support himself. Capone, stung by his honesty, gave him $5,000 to “tide him over”.
Carl Jung was an undercover operative (“Agent 488”) for the allies during World War 2. His commanding officer Allen W. Dulles said that “Nobody will probably ever know how much Prof Jung contributed to the allied cause during the war.” Dulles later became the first director of the CIA.
There is a teenager who was kicked in the head. As a result her memory reseted every two hours, meaning she woke up thinking every day is 11 June. After 154 days of having a 2hr memory, she finally had her first memory since the accident, thanks to a treatment center in Utah. They identified that the issue is with how oxygen is reaching a certain part of her brain, and are taking the steps to remedy it. They’ve also offered her a job, as she’d expressed an interest in neuroscience.
In 2003, a woman found a stolen painting worth $1 million in the trash on a NYC curb. She felt it “had power” and took it without knowing its origin or value. She spent 4 years researching it and discovered it’d been stolen in 1987. She got a $15,000 reward plus a % of its $1,049,000 sale price.
Iowa Man Tyler Heep won $1.00 from a scratch-off, drove to Lottery Headquarters, and demanded a gigantic novelty check. They wrote him out an oversized check and had him hold it up for a photo in a room set up with a camera and the Lottery logo. Heep used his winnings to buy 1/2 a gallon of gas.
Millennial dads are spending 3 times as much times with their kids than their fathers spent with them. Back in 1982, 43% of fathers admitted they’d never changed a diaper. Today, that number is down to about 3%.
Texas at one point was very very similar to other Deep Southern states, however by 1936, Texas elites took a step to redefine Texas and it’s culture with a very prominent Wild West theme to distance themselves from the Confederacy slowly but surely.