Carrots don’t actually improve your vision — the reason so many people think they do is because the British invented the rumor during World War II in order to hide the existence of a new airborne-radar system they’d developed. They wanted the Germans to think the reason they suddenly got so much better at shooting planes down was because they’d found carrots dramatically improved their gunners’ vision. The propaganda campaign worked so well that people still believe this.
In 1956, for a bet and while drunk, a man stole a small plane from New Jersey and then landed it perfectly on the narrow street in front of the bar he had been drinking at. Then, two years later, he did it again after a man didn’t believe he had done it the first time.
The founder of Match.com lost his girlfriend to a guy she met on Match.com
When you get a kidney transplant, they usually just leave your original kidneys in your body and put the 3rd kidney in your pelvis.
In 1919 a flood of molasses killed 21 people in Boston.
Oxford University is older than the Aztecs.
Months before 9/11/01 an episode of The Lone Gunmen, a spinoff of The X-Files, had an episode where the government attempted to crash planes into the World Trade Center towers, and then blamed terrorist cells from the middle east to spark an endless war, which was all designed to raise weapon manufacturing, which in turn went into the pockets of the men behind it.
Extra strength placebos work better than regular strength placebos. Also, placebos work even when the patient knows that they’re placebos.
Saudi Arabia imports camels from Australia.
A tiger with bad teeth killed 430 people, more than all wolf, bear, spider, and snake deaths in the past 100 years in the US. Because of the bad teeth it couldn’t hunt its preferred prey so went after humans.
Can openers weren’t invented until 48 years after the invention of cans. People used knives to open cans.
14 years before the Titanic sank Morgan Robertson wrote a book about a huge ship called the Titan hitting an iceberg and sinking, with many dying due to lack of life rafts.
If 70 random people get together, there’s a 99.9% chance that two of them share the same birthday
There are more ways to arrange a standard deck of cards than there are atoms in the solar system