A train robber named Frank Grigware escaped Leavenworth prison in 1910. He went on and became a mayor of a small town in Alberta, Canada. Later when he was found by the Canadian police and FBI, his charges were dropped due to doubts of his original conviction.
Isaac Newton set out the colors of the rainbow we memorize today. However, he originally didn’t include orange or indigo. He only added them later because of his occult belief that there must be 7 separate colors, just like there are 7 notes in a musical scale and 7 days of the week.
There is a group of about 400 ultra powerful and wealthy individuals that see movies on release day in their own home theaters. It costs $100k to join and $4k/month membership. It is called the Bel Air Circuit.
In 2013, 3000 workers at a garment factory in Gazipur, Bangladesh went on strike, some even rioting, not for better pay or working conditions, but because they wanted something to be done about the ghost inhabiting the bathroom.
A rancher in Oregon named Bill Brown would often write checks on any paper available. This often included soup can labels and newspaper margins. As he was rich and known for this, the banks would cash the checks without question.
Anti-margarine Senator Gordon Roselip incorrectly identified margarine as butter in a blind taste test. His wife later confessed that she had been feeding him margarine and telling him that it was butter.
Uruguay’s world cup player Luis Suárez has bitten three opponents under high pressure situations. He doesn’t know why he does it.
Psychopaths don’t procrastinate, tend to focus on the positive, don’t take things personally, don’t beat themselves up if things go wrong, even if they’re to blame, and they’re assertive and cool under pressure. These can be good characteristics in both the business arena, and in everyday life.
In 1975, a Soviet naval officer led a mutiny onboard a frigate with the aim of toppling the government of Brezhnev. It failed after a standoff with half of the Soviet Baltic fleet, but an article about it inspired an insurance salesman named Tom Clancy to write his book, The Hunt for Red October.
In 1990, a woman gave birth on a plane with the help of a recently graduated gynecologist on the plane. And the baby went on to become a flight attendant at the same airline later.