In 2010 a man was sentenced to 2 years for stabbing a man who knifed him in Counter Strike. He spent 6 months tracking down his rival's real life location. The judge called him a "menace to society" nydailynews.com/news/worlโ€ฆ
A guy filed a change-of-address form to the USPS where he changed the address of the UPS headquarters and got all their mail sent to his apartment. It took three months before this was discovered. npr.org/sections/thetwo-wโ€ฆ
A married Secret Service agent had trouble extraditing a hacker from Romania, so he pretended he was a woman, flirted for 7 months online, and nabbed the criminal when he flew to Boston with 3 boxes of grape-flavored condoms. cnbc.com/id/102114351
In July 2014, six sealed glass vials of smallpox dated 1954 were discovered by chance in a storage room in an FDA laboratory at the NIH in Maryland. Upon transfer to the CDC in Atlanta, two of the vials had virus which proved to be viable in culture. They were destroyed 7 months later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smaโ€ฆ
The Pyramids are so well built that when a Sultan's workers tried to destroy a small Pyramid 3000 years after its construction, they could only move 1-2 stones a day and gave up after creating only a gash after eight months en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyrโ€ฆ
Today I learned of a woman who gave her neighbor a โ€˜box of sex toysโ€™ to hold on to. 6 months later the neighbor noticed a stench coming from her closet where the box was stored. She finally opened it and found a decomposing severed head inside. It was the original womanโ€™s husband. nypost.com/2019/10/04/womโ€ฆ
In 1666, the plague-infested village of Eyam quarantined itself inside a marked circle for 14 months. Neighboring communities left food at the edge of the circle in exchange for disinfected coins. 80% of the people died, but no one crossed the circle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corโ€ฆ
Today I learned of Serena Kozakura, a Japanese bikini model who was sentenced to 14 months in jail for destruction of property. Her sentence was overturned when she proved in court her huge breasts meant it was impossible for her to squeeze through a hole to enter the home of the victim. brisbanetimes.com.au/worlโ€ฆ
, a bank teller refused to cash Charlize Theron's check when she first came to Hollywood; so she engaged in a shouting match with him. A talent agent, waiting behind her, handed her his business card and subsequently introduced her to casting agents. She made her film debut several months later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaโ€ฆ
As many as 55% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage -- most often before a woman misses a menstrual period or even knows she is pregnant and that more than 80% of miscarriages occur within the first three months of pregnancy, mostly caused by chromosomal abnormalities. researchgate.net/publicatโ€ฆ
Two months before President Franklin Pierceโ€™s inauguration, his last surviving child was killed in a train accident. He refused to be sworn in on a bible, believing God was punishing him for his past sins. bostonmagazine.com/news/2โ€ฆ
Evidence showed that during the seven and a half months preceding Elvis's death -- from January 1, 1977, to August 16, 1977 -- Doctor Nichopoulos wrote prescriptions for Elvis for at least 8,805 pills, tablets, vials, and injectables. Going back to January 1975, the count was 19,012. huffpost.com/entry/elvis-โ€ฆ
A 60-year-old American man with severe amnesia was blind for 9 months due not being able to afford cataract surgery. When a charity paid for it and he could see again, he was shocked to discover he was around 20 years older than he thought he was. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benโ€ฆ
Today I learned of the Mary Celeste, an American merchant ship found adrift by the Dei Gratia, intact & crew missing, in the Atlantic off the Azores in 1872, a month after leaving port. Though amply supplied and personal belongings intact, there was no sign of where or why they left. The crew was never found. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marโ€ฆ
In 2009, Tropicana invested $35 million to rebrand their Orange Juice packaging. Within two months of the change, sales dropped 20% and they lost significant market share before switching back to their original carton. The failed marketing experiment cost them over $50 million. thebrandingjournal.com/20โ€ฆ
Bessie Coleman was an American Aviator and the first black woman to earn a pilot's license.Because flying schools in the United States denied her entry,she taught herself French and moved to France,earning her license from France's well-known Caudron Brother's School of Aviation in just 7 months biography.com/explorer/beโ€ฆ
Domestic pigs will quickly adapt to living in the wild if set free. They become extremely aggressive, and their physiology will change and resemble that of feral swine (bristly hair, tusks, increased muscle mass) within a matter of months. mlive.com/flintjournal/ouโ€ฆ
Disappointment Island is an uninhabited island in New Zealand. In 1868, a steel tanker crashed on the island which killed 68 people, leaving the 15 survivors waiting 18 months to be rescued. In 1907, another ship ended up crashing there and 12 men drowned. blog.tepapa.govt.nz/2018/โ€ฆ
Baby otters canโ€™t swim when they are born. It can take baby otters months to learn how to swim depending on their species. Sea otter moms need to carry babies on their belly or place them in kelp beds until they learn how to swim properly on their own. mentalfloss.com/article/5โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Wu Lien-Teh, โ€œThe Plague Fighter,โ€ a doctor who developed thicker, more substantial masks to be used against the pneumonic plague in Manchuria during 1910-1911. Dr. Wu identified the bacteria as airborne, and successfully contained the plague; the epidemic ended after 7 months. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wu_โ€ฆ
A 4-yr-old captive beluga whale who'd been living with belugas moved to a dolphinarium where her only companions were dolphins. In her early days with the dolphins, she made beluga "contact calls." Within 2 months, the beluga imitated dolphin whistles & dropped the beluga calls altogether. discovermagazine.com/planโ€ฆ
A man walked across Australia, from Perth to Sydney, dressed in a Stormtrooper costume to raise money for a charity that helps cheer up hospitalized children. Over 9 months he traveled 3000 miles (5000km), lost over 26lbs (12kg), went through 7 pairs of shoes, and raised more than $100,000. mnn.com/health/fitness-weโ€ฆ
Employees at MillerCoors get three free cases of beer each month, in addition to having access to beer and cider on location after a work day. didyouknowstuff.com/emploโ€ฆ
The corpse of a construction worker still remained, and was partially visible from the street, in the New Orleans Hard Rock Hotel more than 3 months after the site's collapse. wwltv.com/mobile/article/โ€ฆ
Bacchus Ladies are elderly female prostitutes in South Korea. They traditionally sold 'Bacchus' drinks, but the term is now synonymous with elderly prostitution. Ladies (mainly in 60s and 70s) solicit men in public parks. Most earn around $168 to $252 a month. nypost.com/2015/09/25/eldโ€ฆ
A month after giving birth to her first child, a woman was rushed to the hospital for stomach pains. It was discovered she was in labor, giving birth to twins, and that she had 2 wombs. bbc.com/news/world-asia-4โ€ฆ
In 1965 six boys from Tonga skipped school and 'borrowed' a boat. After a storm and 8 days adrift, they survived alone on a small rocky island for 15 months. They stayed friends and worked together to survive and stay fit. After their rescue they were jailed (shortly) for stealing the boat. pressreader.com/australiaโ€ฆ
There's a river basin in Venezuela that gets struck by lightening over 200 times per hour for up to 10 hrs straight. It occurs more than 100 times a year and is predictable up to a few months in advanced. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catโ€ฆ
From 1994-99 George Foreman was paid about 40% of the profits on each Foreman grill sold, earning him $4.5M a month in payouts at its peak. In the period itโ€™s estimated he received over $200M, more than he did as a boxer. bloomberg.com/news/articlโ€ฆ
19-yr-old Eric Simons squatted at AOL HQ to work on his startup. When a mentorship ended, his badge still gave access; for 2 months he got basic free food from the lounge, used the showers, locker, & gym, did wash at AOL's free laundromat, & rotated sleep on 3 couches to evade night security. cnet.com/news/meet-the-tiโ€ฆ
Some commuters in Rome can now exchange plastic bottles for metro and bus tickets. The scheme started in 3 stations. One month after launching, 100,000 bottles had been exchanged. aawsat.com/english/home/aโ€ฆ
The reason the International Space Station doesn't fall back to earth it's because once a month it fires its thrusters to regain the lost altitude. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISSโ€ฆ
In 1884, before there were ambulances for people in San Francisco, there was an ambulance for horses. It came to the aid of six in its first month of service. sfspca.org/about/history/
In 2011 two Hollywood films opened just 5 months apart from each other that had the exact same runtime, exact same plot and same ending. โ€œNo Strings Attachedโ€ with Ashton Kutcher/Natalie Portman and โ€œFriends With Benefitsโ€ with Justin Timberlake/Mila Kunis. They both grossed 150 million dollars. slashfilm.com/friends-witโ€ฆ
After Margaret Schilling went missing in the Athens Lunatic Asylum, her body was found one month later in a locked abandoned part of the hospital. The gruesome stain on the floor can still be seem today and the mystery surrounding her death has never been solved historicmysteries.com/marโ€ฆ
A con man tricked Al Capone out of $5,000. He got Capone to give him $50,000 to invest in a scam. After 2 months, he returned it. He told Capone that the scam had fallen through, and he had no money left to support himself. Capone, stung by his honesty, gave him $5,000 to โ€œtide him overโ€. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vicโ€ฆ
, FDR asked singer Eddie Cantor if he could get a million people to send in a dollar to support polio research. He replied that it would be easier to ask for dimes. By the end of the month, the White House had received 2.68 million dimes ($268k) and the March of Dimes began. time.com/5062520/march-ofโ€ฆ
Today I learned of Betty Robinson, who won Olympic gold in the 1936 Olympics, after having survived a plane crash, wrongly declared dead, and a 6 month coma. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betโ€ฆ
The Renault 5 was designed by Michel Bouรฉ in his spare time, and when the Renault executives learned of Bouรฉ's work, they were so impressed that they approved it for formal development. However, Bouรฉ did not see the final product, having died of cancer several months before the 5's launch. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renโ€ฆ
Popular jock jam "Whoomp There It Is" was released two months before "Whoot There It Is", a separate song with the exact same chorus and lyrics by a different artist who was unaware of the similarities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whoโ€ฆ
Elvis Presley probably died of constipation. He died in 1977, while straining on the stool. The autopsy showed Presley had an enlarged "megacolon," horribly impacted with clay like material from a barium X-ray procedure that the King went through four months earlier. nbcnews.com/science/cosmiโ€ฆ
The 1968 Pandemic H3N2 virus, commonly referred to as the Hong Kong Flu Virus, was an extremely contagious virus with a low fatality rate that originated in China and was widespread in the United States about five months later. It struck in two waves, with the second being more deadly. britannica.com/event/Hongโ€ฆ
Today I learned about Operation Popeye, when the US military successfully controlled the weather by seeding rain clouds, extending the monsoon season in Vietnam by a month. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opeโ€ฆ
The median length of stay before death in a nursing home is just 5 months, with three months of life for men and eight months for women. ucsf.edu/news/2010/08/981โ€ฆ
In 1943 the U.S. imposed a ban on sliced bread as a conservation measure during WWII. It lasted less than two months. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sliโ€ฆ
In the ancient Roman comedic play "The Mother-in-Law," a husband falsely accuses his new wife of infidelity after she gives birth mere months into marriage. A stolen ring reveals he assaulted his future wife in a dark street before they met, and is in fact the father of the child. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hecโ€ฆ
The State of Washington once forced Comcast to refund nearly 50,000 customers for charging them a $5/month "service protection plan" that actually did nothing. arstechnica.com/tech-poliโ€ฆ
The YMCA gave Dr Naismith 2 weeks to invent what would become basketball in 1891 in order to have an indoor "athletic distraction" to keep rowdy youth busy in the cold New England winter months en.wikipedia.org/wiki/YMCโ€ฆ
Elvis, two months after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, recorded a live tribute song featuring direct quotes of MLK called "If I Can Dream" and overruled his manager to perform it as the finale to his comeback special over "I'll Be Home for Christmas" youtube.com/watch?v=u-pP_โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Premium Bonds issued by the UK, which functions as a low-risk lottery. The bonds don't accrue interest, but every month prizes up to ยฃ1 million are distributed to select winners after a drawing. Even if you don't win, the government will buy back the bond at the original price. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preโ€ฆ
It takes about 74 days (2-3 months) to "grow" sperm to "full maturity" huffingtonpost.co.uk/dr-sโ€ฆ
Students and lecturers at the University of Plymouth left a computer keyboard in the enclosure of six Celebes crested macaques in Paignton Zoo in Devon in England for a month. had only succeeded in partially destroying the machine, using it as a toilet and mostly typed the letter, "s" news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/30139โ€ฆ
One particular new years eve party during the late 1970s held in studio 54 saw 4 tons of glitter dropped, months later it was possible to find traces of glitter in the homes of people who attended the party mentalfloss.com/article/7โ€ฆ
... Of First and Second Sleep.In the early 1990s, psychiatrist Thomas Wehr conducted an experiment in which a group of people were plunged into darkness for 14 hours every day for a month.They slept first for four hours, then woke for one or two hours before falling into a second four-hour sleep. bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-1โ€ฆ
The oldest dog ever verified was an Australian cattle dog named Bluey who lived for 29 years & 5 months wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluey_โ€ฆ
In 2004, two DJs prank called Fidel Castro by pretending to be Hugo Chavez. 6 months earlier, they had prank called Chavez. They used edited voice clips from the call to convince Castro that they were Chavez. The DJs revealed the prank and called Mr Castro a killer. He swore at them. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/worldโ€ฆ
The Wood Frog can go eight months without peeing. While it hibernates, it uses the urea (the main waste in urine) to protect their cells and tissues, even as the critters heart, brain and bloodstream stop. phys.org/news/2018-05-wooโ€ฆ
A Missouri man was sentenced to watch "Bambi" once a month while serving 1 year jail time for illegal deer hunting; he and his family used lights to startle deer for easy kill, used illegal weapons, & killed deer from a cruising vehicle. At times he took the head for a trophy and left the body. nbcnews.com/news/us-news/โ€ฆ
Sweden Almost Had Nuclear Weapons - By the mid-1960s, Sweden has enough fissile material to build a bomb in six months. To deliver the weapon they designed the Saab 36, a twin-engine Mach 2+ supersonic bomber. nationalinterest.org/blogโ€ฆ
Peter Jackson filmed all three Lord of the Rings movies in a span of fourteen months. variety.com/2016/film/newโ€ฆ
Today I learned of the kidnapping of journalist David Rohde, who escaped with another captive after eight months by tiring out their captors with repeated games of checkers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kidโ€ฆ
Peter Ostrum, who played Charlie in the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory currently earns just $8-9 every three months from royalty payments. nny360.com/news/wonka-filโ€ฆ
14-yr-old Aidan Jackson seated 10,500 teddy bears in a rugby stadium to honor his friend Olivia Alice Walker who died at age 15 and to raise money for a Foundation in her name. He raised more funds by doing a swim equivalent to the English Channel over 3 months; the two had met at a swim club. liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/โ€ฆ
Before filming the gradual marriage fallout in Blue Valentine, Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams prepared by living together in their onscreen home, buying groceries with a budget based on their characters, taking family portraits at Sears, and staging arguments for a month. backstage.com/magazine/arโ€ฆ
Ainan Cawley has, allegedly, the highest IQ ever; said his first word at 2 weeks old, started walking at 6 months, he passed GCSE chemistry at 7, recited pi to 518 d.p. and remembered the periodic table at the age of 9. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ainโ€ฆ
There is a form of insomnia so extreme it is invariably fatal, killing those who suffer from it an average of 18 months after symptoms begin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatโ€ฆ
In 2016, a K5 security robot accidentally ran over a 16-month-old toddler and then drove off, in whatโ€™s surely one of the first robotic hit and runs. huffpost.com/us/entry/us_โ€ฆ
Many dentists acknowledge that for adults with good oral hygiene practices, seeing the dentist twice a year is probably more often than is really necessary. Once every 12-16 months is perfectly sufficient for many people. theatlantic.com/magazine/โ€ฆ
Entry-level animators earn around 200ยฅ per drawing โ€” less than $2, with a single drawing that can take more than an hour. Work conditions are grim, an animatorโ€™s suicide was classified a work related incident after investigators found he had worked over 600 hrs in the month leading to his death. vox.com/culture/2019/7/2/โ€ฆ
Chronic hiccups (lasting 2 days to a month) are a thing healthline.com/health/chrโ€ฆ
Eric Stolz was the original Marty McFly in Back to the Future, but was replaced by Michael J. Fox about a month into production because director Robert Zemeckis "felt that he wasn't getting what he needed from Stoltz." screenrant.com/michael-j-โ€ฆ
Today I learned about an Italian sociologist who spent a year underground, completely isolated from the outside world. When he was brought back up he thought only six months had passed. wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurizโ€ฆ
Today I learned of The Essex, an American ship which was attacked by a sperm whale in 1820. The 20-man crew set out in the surviving life boats for several months, resorting to drawing lots to decide who would be sacrificed and consumed. 8 men survived. The story was the inspiration for the novel 'Moby Dick'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essโ€ฆ
Today I learned of Thomas de Mahy, an aristocrat who was sentenced to be hanged during the French Revolution after a two-month trial. Upon the reading of his death warrant, he remarked, "I see that you have made three spelling mistakes." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thoโ€ฆ
A Japanese TV show apparently hired 3 experts in fluid mechanics, engineering, and dentistry to determine the best way to hold a burger. After 4 months of research, they concluded that your pinkie and thumb should be on the bottom, while the remaining fingers should be on top of the burger. kotaku.com/the-perfect-waโ€ฆ
Goldfish have a memory-span of at least three MONTHS, not seconds, and can distinguish between different shapes, colors and sounds. By using positive reinforcement, goldfish can be trained to recognize and to react to light signals of different colors or to perform tricks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golโ€ฆ
In August 1966, a few months after John Lennon claimed that the Beatles were "more popular than Jesus," a radio station in Texas, USA had a "Beatles bonfire" and burned thousands of Beatles records in front of a crowd. The next day, the station's transmitter tower was struck by lightning. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KARโ€ฆ
Hazardous Duty Pay is $150 a month. for the military. militarypay.defense.gov/Pโ€ฆ
The role as the Bond villain Max Zorin, a psychotic KGB deserter conspiring to destroy Silicon valley, was first offered to David Bowie, who declined as he didn't want to spend five months seeing his stunt doubles "fall off cliffs". The role went to Christopher Walken instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maxโ€ฆ
If King Charles IVโ€™s baby had a penis it would have prevented the โ€œ100 Years Warโ€. Charles had been dead for 2 months. The Gender Reveal was bad for France... a girl. Baby Blanch didnโ€™t have the goods so France and England fought about it from 1337 to 1453. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaโ€ฆ
The FBI investigated the song โ€œLouie Louieโ€ because people thought the lyrics were dirty. After three months, the FBI abandoned the investigation because it couldnโ€™t make out the words. vault.fbi.gov/louie-louieโ€ฆ
Lรช ฤแปฉc Thแป won the Nobel Peace Prize with Henry Kissinger but declined it saying there was no actual peace in Vietnam. The war resumed four months after he was declared the winner. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobโ€ฆ
Today I learned of the 'transported soldier legend' where in 1593 a Spanish soldier from the Philippines appeared in Mexico City speaking of the death of the Philippines governor the night before. His story was backed up by sailors arriving to Mexico months later, who even recognised the soldier as being there. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/159โ€ฆ
In the United States, in a single eighteen-month period during 1971 and 1972 the FBI counted an amazing 2,500 bombings on American soil, almost five a day. time.com/4501670/bombingsโ€ฆ
San Marino has two heads of state named Captains Regent, that are elected every six months and traditionally are chosen from opposing parties. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capโ€ฆ
Today I learned of Gavel, a K-9 Cadet who was fired from the Police Academy for being too friendly after months of training; he then got a new job as Vice-Regal Dog for the Office of the Governor in Queensland where he greets visitors, attends official functions, sits in on Governor's briefings telegraph.co.uk/pets/newsโ€ฆ
Elderly spouses who experience the death of their partner become 30-90% more likely to pass away during the 3 months following the death, and 15% more likely to die in the months thereafter. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/artiโ€ฆ
In 2006 an auto wreck left only one survivor, whom first responders mixed up with another girl. The family of the survivor held a funeral and buried the wrong woman, while the other family kept a bedside vigil for months. When they removed the bandages, the families involved realized the mix-up. nydailynews.com/news/natiโ€ฆ
There was an English Shepherd in the 1700s that not only learned basic mathematics, but became highly sought after as a tutor, often spending two or three months at a time in the houses of his "pupils" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johโ€ฆ
It took Tesla just a year from the time they've formed Shanghai subsidiary to actually producing cars โ€” bidding process for land was automatically stopped early because Tesla was the only bidder; groundbreaking a few months later; 9 months after groundbreaking cars rolled off production line. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gigโ€ฆ
Today I learned about the International Fixed Calendar. It is comprised of 13 months of 28 days each (364) + 1 extra day that doesn't belong to any week. it is a perennial calendar and every date falls on the same day every year. It was never adopted by any country but the Kodak company used it from 1928-1989. citylab.com/life/2014/12/โ€ฆ
The male Platypus is venomous during mating season and it's venom is immediate, sustained, and devastating. The venom is immune to all forms of painkillers including morphine and lasts for months. slate.com/technology/2015โ€ฆ
Over 14 months, artists in Mexico turned a low-income neighborhood into one giant mural, painting the facades of 200 homes bright lavender, lime green, & incandescent orange. theguardian.com/world/201โ€ฆ
It took one month for the creator of Rubik's Cube, Ernรณ Rubik, to solve the puzzle after he created a wooden prototype in 1974. speedsolving.com/wiki/indโ€ฆ
Notre-Dame cathedral features a carving of a knight fleeing from a rabbit, symbolizing cowardice. This carving inspired the Rabbit of Caerbannog scene in Month Python and the Holy Grail. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabโ€ฆ
Today I learned of a supersition that claims if you utter "Rabbit, Rabbit" before any other words on the 1st of the month, it will bring good luck. farmersalmanac.com/rabbitโ€ฆ
There was technically a second Norman Conquest of England, in the 13th century King Louis VIII briefly seized control of England and declared himself King before being defeated a few months later. He was never officially crowned. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louโ€ฆ
For months, scientists in France could not figure out why seagulls they were tracking were traveling far inland, away from their breeding colony. Eventually, they traced the seagulls' path and discovered they were visiting a chip factory. vliz.be/en/2013-06-18-lesโ€ฆ
Some fish can survive out of water for several days, and even months fishtankmaster.com/how-loโ€ฆ
Today I learned of โ€œThe Milkโ€. In 1994, a student at MIT bought a carton of milk but forgot to use it, and rediscovered it 10 months later. Instead of binning it he threw a โ€˜birthdayโ€™ for it. A cult following developed for this legendary expired dairy product. In 2015 it celebrated its 21st birthday. alum.mit.edu/slice/investโ€ฆ

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