A guy drove around “talking” into cookies decorated like iPhones with the intention of getting cops to pull him over, only to eat the iPhone in front of the cop. It worked, but it backfired when he was arrested for outstanding warrants.
Ol’ Dirty Bastard saw a car accident and he and his friend helped a 4 year old girl to the hospital. Using a fake name, he visited the girl frequently until the media spotted him.
When the Emperor Nero began to go nuts, he would stage long singing performances wherein the audience would not be allowed to leave. Women gave birth during these performances and men would fake their deaths in the hopes of being carried out just so they could get away.
The first automated telephone exchange was created by Almon B. Strowger, because a competitor’s wife was the operator of his local exchange, and therefore redirected calls meant for him to her husband’s business instead.
On July 27, 2007, 2 News Helicopters collided while live on the air and covering a police chase. Despite the best efforts of the stations, one of the audio feeds from a helicopter continued to broadcast the screams of a crew as they plummeted to their deaths.
400 million years ago, there were giant mushrooms as tall as a tree – 26 feet tall and about 3 feet wide.
80 years ago a town in Australia rescued a lost aircraft by turning the power on an off to spell the town’s name in Morse code. Residents used car headlights to help it land on the racecourse, pulled it out of the mud the next morning and sent it on its way to second place in an air race. Sadly, the aircraft later crashed in the Syrian Desert, killing all on board.
Frank Bourassa is a confident man. “I can do anything I want. I can go to the moon. I’m good at figuring out stuff. I could do a heart transplant if I wanted to.” He’s not cocky, he’s confident with good reason. He made more than $200 million in fake currency that was so good it fooled the Secret Service and he walked away from the whole thing a free and wealthy man.
In 1986, when a five year old boy fell into a gorilla enclosure and lost consciousness, a large male gorilla named Jambo stood between the boy and the other gorillas in a protective gesture, even stroking the boy’s back. The incident helped create a positive public perception of gorillas.
In order to discover that penguins sleep more deeply in the afternoon, scientists crept up on sleeping king penguins at different times of the day and poked them with a stick until they woke up. It took around nine pokes to rouse a bird from an afternoon nap – five to wake one sleeping in the morning.