An elephant’s memory is so good that it not only recognizes all the members of its clan but even other creatures who leave a strong impression on them. Two elephants who had performed together for a few months in a circus were able to recognize each other when they met again after 23 years.
Upon his death, Radio & TV star Jack Benny’s widow, Mary, received a red rose. After several days, with another rose delivered each day, Mary called to find out who was sending them. The florist told her that Benny made arrangements for a rose to be sent to her every day for the rest of her life.
In 2013, there was a train crash in Australia caused by millipedes. There were so many of them on the tracks that a train pulling into a station ended up losing friction from squishing so many of them and crashed into another train.
During a particularly cold spell in the town of Snag (Yukon) where the temp reached -83f (-63.9c), you could hear people speaking 4 miles away along with other phenomena such as people’s breath turning to powder and falling straight to the ground & river ice booming like gunshots.
In 1931, a man stole an airplane but was acquitted on all charges because airplanes were not considered “vehicles,” and there was no law against aircraft theft at the time.
There is a village in India whose main export is men. This village prepares men to become bouncers for nightclubs and bars. They do so by having a 2-hour workout in the morning, followed by a 2-hour workout in the afternoon, in combination with high-protein food.
In 1518, a “dancing plague” struck Strasbourg, Alsace, whereby hundreds of people danced fervently in the streets over the period of a month. Some suffered heart attacks or strokes, and many others died from sheer exhaustion. It remains unexplained.
During the Great Depression, Al Capone started one of the first soup kitchens, called “Free Soup Coffee & Doughnuts for the Unemployed.” Capone’s soup kitchen served breakfast, lunch, and dinner to an average of 2,200 Chicagoans every day.
Brazil’s Kayapo people rejected money from dam-building companies. “We have decided that we do not want a single penny of your dirty money… Our river does not have a price, our fish that we eat does not have a price, and the happiness of our grandchildren does not have a price.”
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In 1808 two Frenchmen held a duel in the air by both riding their own hot air balloon and shooting at each other’s balloon.