Research shows that starting school at 10am instead of 8:30am halves student illness and improves academic performance.
To increase circulation of dollar coins, in 2008 the US Mint allowed individuals to purchase in bulk with free shipping. It was quickly exploited as a way to gain frequent flyer miles. People purchased coins with a credit card, then deposited them at their bank to pay the bill, cost free.
In 2010, a fed up Jet Blue flight attendant announced his resignation over the PA system upon landing. He then grabbed 2 beers from a beverage cart and exited by deploying the plane’s emergency slide.
In 1940 Disney’s movie “Fantasia” invented the concept of stereo sound, eventually changing the music industry forever. To promote the film, Disney created a surround sound system called “Fantasound” that used multiple speakers spread across a room to immerse audiences in the film’s music.
Many female workers at Ravensbrück concentration were forced to produce army uniforms for the Nazis. They deliberately sabotaged them. An example of this is that they made the heels of socks too narrow or defective. This gave soldiers painful blisters on their feet. The OSS (WW2 version of CIA basically) actually produced pamphlets encouraging simple sabotage. These were meant to be dispersed to labor and management within target countries. To do things like “sew one pant leg shorter than another” and to put “metal shavings in oil/gas tanks” among many many other suggestions. Even telling factory managers to simply “lose” important documents.
Louise Fletcher (Nurse Ratchet in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) was so upset that the other actors could laugh and be happy while she had to be so cold and heartless that near the end of production she removed her dress and stood in only her panties to prove she was not a cold-hearted monster.
One of the first American spies was a women during the Revolutionary War. To this day, her identity is not known and is referred to only as Agent 355. She was actually one of George Washington’s personal spies and completely vanished near the end of the war. No one knows if she died mysteriously or secretly retired. She collected crucial information from the British to win the war and, to this day, remains the only unidentified member of the Culper Spy Ring.
Elizabeth Taylor‘s voluminous eyelashes were caused by a rare genetic mutation which was responsible for her having 2 rows of eyelashes.
Modern fire departments were the creation of insurance companies. Insurance companies hired private brigades to put out fires for their policy holders. Each insurance company had their own brigade and would extinguish the fires of their customers while leaving non-customer properties to burn.
Deficiency of Vitamin D worsens respiratory tract infections. This is thought to be one of the reasons why there are fewer Flu cases in the summer.