An autistic man, who was called “stupid” by a gym instructor, taught himself law and won a discrimination lawsuit against the gym.
PhD students display twice as many symptoms of psychiatric disorders such as depression than other people.
In 17th-century Poland, wet bread mixed with spider webs was used to cure wounds. It may sound stupid, but it work, as the bread contained fungal spores, including penicillin and naturally produced antibiotic substances.
Hitler used the phrase, “Lügenpresse” to accuse the media outlets who were unsupportive of the Nazi party of false reporting.
A zoo in Texas has introduced a rather different Valentine’s package this year. For a small fee, they will name a cockroach after your ex and feed it to a meerkat.
The first U.S. gold rush started in North Carolina in 1803 when a 12-year-old boy found a 17-pound gold nugget on his father’s farm. It supplied all the gold for the nation’s mints until 1829.
Thomas Jefferson wanted the Constitution rewritten every 19 years. In a letter to Madison he muses that neither the constitution nor the laws of a previous generation should apply to the current one. The 19 years part comes from the mortality tables of the time (people live for much longer now than they did then).
There is a scifi short story called ‘The Man Who Came Early’ where a modern engineering student is sent back in time but his lack of practical know-how and his over-sophisticated ideas lead to none of his suggestions being implemented.
Roughly 70 percent of Sicilian businesses pay protection money to the Mafia.
Werner Forssmann, a physician, risked his own life to show that cardiac catheterization could work. He cut a hole in his arm and inserted a catheter into a vein, not knowing if the catheter might pierce a vein. He was later awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine.