Ching Shih was a prostitute, captured by pirates. She then became a pirate herself, commanding a fleet of hundreds of ships and at least 20,000 pirates. She never lost a battle against the Chinese, British, and Portuguese navies before retiring rich after being pardoned.
In 1942, 13-year-old Seaman Calvin Graham was decorated for valor in battle. Then his mother learned where he’d been and revealed his secret to the Navy.
The IRS was supposed to be a temporary measure. Its only period of suspension to date has been 1872-1894.
Jason Lewis became the first person to circumnavigate the Earth without using motors or sails. He walked, cycled, and inline skated 5 continents, and kayaked, swam, rowed, and pedalled a boat across the rivers, seas, and oceans. It took him 13 years to complete, the 46,505-mile journey.
A cynic named Diogenes had no regard for wealth or honor. He was once sitting outside when Alexander the Great approached and asked if he wanted anything; he replied, “yes, stand a little out of my sun.” The awestruck king said “truly if I were not Alexander, I would wish to be Diogenes.”
An identity thief stole the identity of a surgeon and while aboard a Navy destroyer was tasked with performing several life saving surgeries. He proceeded to memorize a medical textbook just before hand and all the patients survived.
The discoverer of a gene for Green Fluorescent Protein lost his grant, didn’t get tenure, left academe and was working at a car dealership in Huntsville, Alabama, when he learned that former colleagues had won the Nobel Prize using the gene he sequenced.
An elephant in India, while helping villagers lift logs, refused to lower a log into a certain hole because a dog was sleeping in it. Only after the dog was chased away would the elephant lower the log into the hole.
Maned wolf pee smells like cannabis, so much so that the police once searched the Rotterdam Zoo for pot smokers because someone mistook the pee smell for marijuana.
Shoe swapping was a high school fad in 1947.