Charles Darwin was one of the first people to come up with the idea of putting wheels on his office chair, so that he could work faster.
Lewis Fry Richardson derived many of the complex equations needed for weather prediction in the 1920’s. However, the math was so difficult that to predict the weather six hours in advance, it took him six weeks to do the calculations.
Major orange juice producers add chemical fragrances called “flavor packs” to their juice to provide the signature taste of their brand because orange juice loses its flavor during pasteurization and de-oxygenation. The formulas vary to give a brand’s trademark taste. If you’re discerning you may have noticed Minute Maid has a candy like orange flavor. That’s largely due to the flavor pack Coca-Cola has chosen for it. Some companies have even been known to request a flavor pack that mimics the taste of a popular competitor, creating a “hall of mirrors” of flavor packs. Despite the multiple interpretations of a freshly squeezed orange on the market, most flavor packs have a shared source of inspiration: a Florida Valencia orange in spring.
MS The World is the largest privately owned residential yacht. The 150-200 residents who live aboard make decisions about the ship’s itinerary, finances, and lifestyle and are looked after by a crew of 280. Apartments cost between $2-15 million.
One of the oldest children’s lullabies was found on an ancient Babylonian tablet, believed to be from around 2,000BC. Rather than being soothing, it instead has a menacing tone. In it, a baby being is threatened with punishment for disturbing the family god with its crying.
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When Charlie Sheen came out as HIV positive, it led to a 95 percent increase in over the counter HIV home testing kits and 2.75 million searches on the topic, dubbed “The Charlie Sheen Effect.” Some said that Sheen did more for awareness of HIV than most UN events.
Alice Cooper formed a celebrity “drinking club” in the 1970’s called the Hollywood Vampires. You could only join the club if you could out-drink all members, which included Keith Moon, Ringo Starr, Micky Dolenz, Harry Nilsson, John Belushi, and John Lennon.
In 2012 a 22-year-old man on a business trip sent a wrong-number text to a woman 30 years older; she replied that she’d like to hang out anyway. They went to a concert together, started dating, got married, and in 2019 she needed a kidney transplant and he donated his kidney to her.
The US Coast Guard used to regularly receive phone calls and telegrams from concerned citizens, asking why they hadn’t yet rescued the cast members of Gilligan’s Island.
A man attempted to commit suicide changed his mind at the last minute resulting in a chain reaction train wreck killing 11. And he was later sentenced to 11 consecutive life sentences.