- In 2007 Joshua Bell pretend to be a street violinist and everyone ignored him.Just two days earlier he played in a sold out theater with each seat costing $100. The violin he used on the street was worth 3.5 million dollars.
- When bitten by caterpillars, plants send Chemical SOS signals to parasitic wasps that attack the caterpillars.
- Russia secretly had maps so detailed of the Canadian Arctic during the Cold-War that other ships now use them over official maps.
- For their 2011 tour, The Foo Fighters submitted their tour rider, or performance agreements, as a 50 page coloring book complete with a word search and maze.
- During the 1916 Rising in Dublin, the British and Irish Troops fighting at St. Stephen’s Green held daily ceasefires to allow the park-keeper feed the ducks that lived there.
- If you hear “Would Inspector Sands please report to the operations room immediately” in a UK Railway Station, it’s an coded alert to emergency personnel that could mean anything from a fire to a bomb alert. This code is used to avoid causing a panic.
- The 1977 University of Evansville Men’s Basketball Team was killed in a plane crash. One player didn’t make the trip due to an illness. He was killed in a car wreck 2 weeks later.
- Nurses and doctors wear green or blue scrubs to help relieve eye strain from constantly looking at red (patient’s insides), which is also opposite on the color wheel. They’re easier to wash and keep longer.
- We now consume about 100,000 words each day from various media, which is a 350% increase, measured in bytes, over what we handled back in 1980
- Braveheart was set in the 13th century, but kilt’s didn’t become common until the 17th. The soldiers also wouldn’t have worn war paint at that time.
So a three masted sailing ship is leaving port. Just a day out of port the captain is standing on the deck when the lookout calls down “Sir! There’s an enemy ship on the horizon!”
The captain turns to his cabin boy and shouts “Bring me my red shirt!”
After the cabin boy brings him the red shirt and he puts it on, the two ships close to fighting range and fight all day, with many heroics on both sides, but with the captain and his red shirt standing alive and victorious as the other ship sinks behind them in the sunset light.
Later that night the cabin boy is curious and asks the captain why he needed his red shirt, and the captain replies “Well, with my red shirt on, none of the men would see me bleeding if I was wounded, and so they would not lose heart and continue to fight on to victory!”
The cabin boy thinks that’s pretty clever and goes to bed for the night.
The next day, the captain is standing on the deck as they sail along when the lookout shouts down “Sir! Twenty enemy ships on the horizon!”
And the captain turns to his cabin boy and says “Bring me my brown pants!”