- A Florida police officer arrested a man for “trafficking cocaine”, claiming that he tested it on the scene. The man spent 8 months in jail before it was tested in a lab and determined to be baking soda.
- On Titan the atmosphere is so thick and the gravity so low that humans could fly through it by flapping “wings” attached to their arms.
- In China, the number of people living in caves is greater than the population of Australia.
- Soldiers in the U.S. military’s psychological warfare department (PSYOPS) used loudspeakers to tempt enemy fighters in Afghanistan into battles they couldn’t win by calling them,” lady men” and “cowardly dogs”.
- President Garfield’s assassin purchased the gun he thought would look the best in a museum.
- In 1953, a US Scientist named Frank Olsen was administered LSD without his knowledge as part of the MKULTRA program. A week later, Olsen ended up dead. The CIA claimed Olsen jumped from a hotel window, but later paid the family $750K and a 2nd autopsy revealed he was likely assassinated.
- In the 1940s the FBI considered the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” to be communist propaganda due to its supposed subversive anti-capitalist/banking themes.
- In the 1996 Paralympics in Atlanta, 11 athletes were sent home after cheating their way into favorable classes. At the Sydney games in 2000, the Spanish mentally handicapped basketball team won the gold medal. It later turned out that 10 players were completely healthy
- Japanese swordsmiths are only permitted to smith two swords a month.
- Germany secretly placed a weather station in Canada during World War 2. It wasn’t discovered until the 70’s.
Wicked Wikipedia article
- Japan was almost completely isolated from the outside world for over 200 years between the 17th and 19th centuries due to a policy called “Sakoku”. No foreigner could enter and no Japanese could leave the country under penalty of death.
- Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech, the entire “dream” part was actually improvised and not written on his script, rather being prompted by Mahalia Jackson, who cried “Tell them about the dream, Martin!”
- During The Berlin Airlift allied aircraft flew a total distance almost equal to the distance from the Earth to the Sun.
- 8 % human DNA is made up of ancient viruses that used to infect us
- Back in ancient China they used Mannequins to lure the enemies to shoot arrows at, and that they would later pull them down and get a free supply of arrows
Articulate (Reddit) article
- ELI5: Why do scientists commonly say that a planet cannot support life, if we don’t know what type of life we’re looking for?
- ELI5: How does salt “bring out the flavor” of food?
- ELI5: Why does my house feel like an arctic wasteland when the thermostat is set at 60°, yet when it’s 60° outside, It’s extremely comfortable?
- If you continued to grind sand into finer and finer particles, would it ever begin behaving like a like a liquid?
- If the mouth is home to huge amounts of bacteria, how is it that a cut in the mouth can heal properly when it’s not particularly clean and dry?
- Why do humans have different types of blood? And what do these differences actually mean?
- ELI5: Americans: What exactly happened to Detroit? I regularly see photos on Reddit of abandoned areas of the city and read stories of high unemployment and dereliction, but as a European have never heard the full story.