1Greenlandic Inuit Experiment
In the 1950s, Scandinavian country Denmark conducted a social experiment and abducted 22 Greenlandic inuit children, assimilating them into Danish culture. More than half died before reaching adulthood.
2. Stephen King got hit by a minivan on June 19, 1999. King had multiple injuries (collapsed right lung, broken hip, and more). King did recover, fortunately, and bought the car, but it got crushed in a junkyard. King was disappointed because he wanted to smash the car.
3. John von Neumann was a child prodigy who could divide eight-digit numbers in his head by age 6 and learned calculus by age eight. He developed computer architecture that virtually all computing devices use today. He became a US strategic adviser and his game theory led to the MAD doctrine.
4. A Nigerian Contractor named Joseph Blankson died while saving 13 victims of a boat accident. He swam in and out of a river 13 times to rescue the passengers. Suffering from exhaustion, he drowned on the 14th rescue attempt. He was the only fatality in the accident.
5. In 2010, Nickelback approached Dark Horse Brewery about having their beer featured in a video, which would have meant great exposure for the small Michigan brewery. They declined, however, as “none of us at the brewery really care for the band.”
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6Death by starvation
The book "death by starvation", written by Hegesias of Cyrene, a philosopher who believed that life was futile and advocated for suicide, was so influential that it convinced a number of people to kill themselves. Subsequently, Hegesias was banned from teaching in Alexandria.
7. The Beechcraft Bonanza airplane is nicknamed "the doctor killer". This is due to the number of wealthy professionals who take up flying as a hobby and end up crashing in it.
8. Black Forest Ham comes from the Black Forest region of Germany, where it was originally coated with beef blood to give it its dark color.
9. In the original version of The Princess and The Frog, by the Brothers Grimm, the princess does not kiss the frog to turn it into a prince but rather throws the frog at a wall as hard as she can which breaks the curse on the frog and turns it back into a prince.
10. The highest g-force voluntarily experienced by a person was 46.2 g's by John Stapp. He rode a rocket sled that reached a top speed of 632 mph, the land speed record at the time and he stopped in 1 second. For a brief moment his body weighed 7700 pounds.
11Earth to the Moon
The rocket in Jules Verne’s 1865 story From the Earth to the Moon launched from Florida and landed in the Pacific Ocean because of Verne’s calculations. In 1969, Apollo 11 took off from Florida and landed in the Pacific Ocean.
12. Colonel Sanders (which is the highest honorary title in the State of Kentucky) of KFC fame sold his company in 1964 for only $2 million dollars ($17 million today). He remained as a brand ambassador but complained the company had cut costs and made an inferior product than the early days.
13. On 14th December 1971, just two days before officially losing the war, Pakistan made a final effort to kill as many intellectuals (including professors, journalists, doctors, artists, engineers, etc.) as possible, to eliminate the future leaders of the new nation of Bangladesh.
14. Lower-status individuals use more jargon when communicating. The behavior is described by scientists as "linguistic overcompensation."
15. In 1927, Nan Britton, the mistress of US President Warren G. Harding, claimed that her daughter, Elizabeth, had been fathered by Harding, and maintained this despite skepticism until her death in 1991. in 2015, DNA testing confirmed Elizabeth was indeed Harding's daughter.
Buster Keaton's famous stunt when a building facade collapses on him, with an open window fitting perfectly around his body, used no trickery. The facade weighed two tonnes, and the mark on the ground telling him exactly where to stand to avoid being crushed was a nail.
17. The iconic riff to Rage Against The Machine's "Killing in the Name" was conceived while guitarist Tom Morello was giving a student a guitar lesson. He then stopped the session to record the part.
18. Old houses in the USA could have hundreds of old rusting razor blades between the walls. This is the result of a safe solution designed to dispose of blades after being used, which was to drop them in a slot in the wall.
19. The Habsburg ruler, Charles II of Spain, who had been born the son of an uncle-niece relationship, was described by historians as "short, lame, epileptic, senile and completely bald before 35, always on the verge of death but repeatedly baffling Christendom by continuing to live."
20. The song ‘The Most Wonderful Time of the Year’ mentioning “scary ghost stories” is from the pre-Christianity pagan belief that the winter solstice, being the longest night, was when the dead could most easily return.
Shaquille O'Neal earned a doctorate degree in education in 2012. His doctoral project explored how business leaders use humor in the workplace.
22. In 1844, during a pleasure cruise on a US steamship (USS Princeton), a ship's gun exploded, killing the US secretary of state, secretary of the Navy, and four other high-ranking federal officials. The disaster killed more top US government officials in a single day than any other tragedy in American history.
23. The Pigeons typically seen in cities are really Rock Doves, and the Doves released at weddings are really Homing Pigeons. Pigeon and Dove are interchangeable terms.
24. Charles-Henri Sanson, who was the Master Executioner under King Louis XVI, was responsible for executing 2,918 people. In April of 1792, Sanson became the first executioner to use the guillotine. Less than a year later, he would use it on King Louis XVI himself during the French Revolution.
25. Adriana Caselotti only made six movies, but half of those movies became all-time classics: Snow White, The Wizard of Oz, and It’s a Wonderful Life.