In 1888, Richard Mansfield played Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in a stage production at a time when Jack the Ripper was murdering women. A theatre-goer wrote to the police accusing him of the murders because his stage transformation from a gentleman to mad killer was so convincing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
A man suffering from gastrointestinal distress in a Kansas Home Depot mens room provided a friendly warning to other bathroom goers by saying: β€œYou need to get out of here because I’m fixin’ to blow it up.” Police were called on suspicion of a bomb threat. No charges were laid. canoe.com/news/weird/blow…
A man tried to rob a woman who was standing alone outside her apartment in Rio de Janeiro. The young woman turned out to be MMA fighter Polyana Viana, who proceeded to punch and kick the man and subdue him until the police arrived. abc.net.au/news/2019-01-0…
Target has a forensics lab that's so advanced that the company regularly helps police departments free of charge. mprnews.org/story/2011/10…
Robocop's suit was so cumbersome, it would not fit into his police car. Every time you see Robocop driving, he doesn’t have his Robo pants on. thewrap.com/robocop-30th-…
Today I learned of Frank Gusenberg, a gangster who briefly survived the 1929 St Valentine’s day massacre after being shot 14 times. He told the police that no one had shot him. He was following the mafia custom of "omertΓ " (absolute silence). He died 3 hours later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
A company providing IP geolocation data assigned 300 million IP addresses to a rural Kansas farmhouse. This led to countless visits by police trying to find missing people, hackers, identity fraudsters and stolen cars. theguardian.com/technolog…
:Police in West Midlands, U.K. have hung posters with photographs of staring eyes exploiting a phenomenon called β€œgaze detection". While humans evolved it to avoid being eaten by predators, some law enforcement agencies believe that it might actually help to deter some crimes. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Perp walks (perpetrator walks) are illegal in France, as it is illegal to publish pictures of an identifiable person in handcuffs or police custody unless they have been convicted en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
Thurgood Marshall was almost lynched in Tennessee after winning the acquittals of 23 Black men. He was saved only because his co-counsel decided to follow Marshall and the police and intervene, instead of following orders to leave town. baltimoremagazine.com/201…
Police are called to Walmart stores 3-4 times as often as they are to other big-box retailers like Target. 25% of all arrests in St. Petersburg, FL and 92% of larceny calls in Granite Falls, NC are attributed to single Walmart locations in each city. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
In the early 90's offered a service called "Kidprint" where parents could take their children and a video cassette to a Blockbuster store and get a video recording of their children done for free. Police could later use this recording if the children were kidnapped or went missing sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-…
In January 2018, a disturbed gunman broke into the home of youtubers Gavin Free (of Slow-Mo Guys / Achievement Hunter Fame) and Meg Turney, intending to murder Free and kidnap Turney. The couple survived by hiding in a closet until police arrived, at which point the gunman killed himself. variety.com/2018/digital/…
A concerned person walked by a house and heard a man shouting "why won't you die?" with a child screaming inside. The police were called. This triggered a full police response. It turned out he was trying to kill a spider. theguardian.com/environme…
When the largest gem quality diamond ever found was sent to the King of England as a gift, it was accompanied by multiple armed police, locked in a safe, and guarded at all times. This was a ruse. The diamond was actually sent by standard mail. It is valued to be worth over $50 Million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cul…
In 19th-century Paris, whenever a newspaper reported on a gruesome or mysterious death, tens of thousands of people would flock to the morgue to examine the body and guess how it got there. Police often had to be dispatched to control the peace. atlasobscura.com/articles…
The father of The Police drummer Stewart Copeland was Miles Copeland Jr, a jazz musician and CIA spy who helped plan the Battle of Normandy and overthrow the Prime Minister of Iran. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
Musician Gram Parsons wanted his body cremated and scattered at Joshua Tree, but his family arranged for him to be buried in Louisiana for financial reasons. His friends, drunk and assisted by an unwitting police officer, stole his body from the airport and burned the casket themselves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
In 2011, a New York man died on his motorcycle while participating in a protest against the law for mandatory helmets. The police say he would likely have survived had he worn a helmet. abcnews.go.com/US/york-ri…
When the Belgian police asked the population not to show police work during a 2015 terror threat Belgians flooded social media with cat pictures edition.cnn.com/2015/11/2…
Irish Police wrote over 50 tickets to "Prawo Jazdy". He became notorious for various motoring offences before it was realised that "Prawo Jazdy" means "Driving Licence" in Polish. irishtimes.com/news/dicti…
By the time NYC finally began to clean its streets of garbage in late 1800s, the residents of the poorer/filthier neighborhoods were so afraid of government employees of any kind that they threw bricks and sticks at the workers and police had to guard the men as they swept up the trash. collectorsweekly.com/arti…
Today I learned of Travis who was a male common chimpanzee who, in February 2009, attacked and nearly killed a friend of his owner, blinding her while severing several body parts and severely lacerating her face. He was shot dead when he tried to attack a police officer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
For the movie "O Brother, Where art Thou?", the cows that were shot and hit by the police car looked so realistic that the American Humane Society wouldn't immediately certify the movie as "No Animals Were Harmed". A representative had to be shown how they were digitally created ten times. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
Police Dogs can be trained to find hidden electric devices like smartphones and hard drives, due to the odor of a coating that covers virtually all devices with circuit boards techrepublic.com/article/…
Today I learned about the man raised by wolves. Meet Marcos Rodriguez. He was abandoned as a child at the age of 7 and found at 19 by the police. He hated being around humans because he was not familiar with them and he was usually exploited by them. Nowadays, he give talks about his amazing experience. theguardian.com/news/2018…
The Danish astronomer who demonstrated light has a speed, invented a precursor to the Fahrenheit scale, and invented the mercury thermometer... also ran the police force in Copenhagen and fired all the officers because morale was low. independent.co.uk/news/pe…
In 2015 a Jonesboro man accidentally butt-dialed the number of the man he was planning to have killed when discussing the job with the hitman. The would-be victim immediately contacted the police about these plans and thwarted the attempt. katv.com/archive/butt-dia…
A zookeeper secretly grew a cannabis plantation inside the rhino enclosure at an Austrian zoo for years. He was the only one who had access to the enclosure and police made the discovery after a tip from a drug user. digitaljournal.com/articl…
Police Woman, a 1974-1978 NBC TV show starring Angie Dickinson about a female cop caused an avalanche of applications for employment from women to police departments around the United States & was President Ford's favorite show, cancelling a press conference in order to avoid delaying an episode en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
Casey Anthony had β€œfool-proof suffocation methods” in her Firefox search history from the day before her daughter died. Police overlooked this evidence, because they only checked the history in Internet Explorer. cbsnews.com/news/casey-an…
Jake Lloyd, who played young Anakin Skywalker in The Phantom Menace, retired from acting when he was 12 due to bullying, destroyed all his Star Wars memorabilia, and was later diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia after being involved in a high speed chase with police. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jak…
Joe Exotic was a cop, and became chief of police of a small Texas town at age 19 moviemaker.com/joe-exotic…
Today I learned of Trish Vickers, a blind author who wrote 26 pages of her first novel without realising her pen had run out of ink. The local police force used their forensic lab to find the missing words, and the book was published on the day of her death. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england…
US Supreme Court Justices have a security and bodyguard service called the "Supreme Court Police". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
When Japanese TV Asahi recently made adaptations of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple novels, they replaced Miss Marple - an elderly lady and amateur detective - with a young male police officer. agathachristielimited.com…
A burglar stole a Super 8 camera & video tapes from a youth soccer coach; he then turned over the tapes & coach's address to police upon finding sex abuse of the boys from the man's soccer team on the tapes. Police found more child porn of his soccer players in the coach's home & arrested him. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
Spoonerisms are named after Reverend William Archibald Spooner who once mistakenly said "The weight of rages will press hard upon the employer" (instead of "rate of wages"). There are also are kniferisms and forkerisms where the internal vowels are switched "police removed a hypodeemic nerdle" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spo…
The first non-Neapolitan to win the World Pizza Cup in Naples had to escorted off the stage by police for fear of being attacked by the crowd. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ton…
The Shanghai heroin trade in the 1920s was dominated by two men. One was Chief of Police, the other was head of the government Anti-Opium Board. shanghailiving.com/shangh…
"Scotland Yard" is a street name. The former headquarters of the London Metropolitan Police had a back entrance there which was used by the general public. "Great Scotland Yard" was never even the building's actual address, and it hasn't been a police station since 1890. It's a Hyatt now. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sco…
A 47-year-old woman called Tammy Sexton, in Birmingham, Alabama was shot in the head by her husband with a .380-caliber handgun and not only did she survive, she managed to make herself a cup of tea and offered one to a police officer. al.com/pr/2009/06/gunshot…
Koala Bear fingerprints are almost indistinguishable from human fingerprints. A forensic scientist suggested that koala bears were unlikely to be at the scenes of crimes, but police should be aware of the possibility. ripleys.com/weird-news/ko…
The Mafia helped establish the Gay Bar scene in New York. Fat Tony purchased the Stonewall Inn in 1966 and transformed it into a bar and restaurant. He later bribed the New York Police Department around $1,200 a week to ignore 'indecent conduct' occurring behind closed doors. history.com/news/how-the-…
In 2007, a guitar intended for charity and signed by Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Mark Knopfler, Bill Wyman, Gary Moore, Pete Townsend & Brian May, was 'lost' when it was given to a parcel company. The guitar appeared 10 years later in an on-line auction and was recovered by the police rainbows.co.uk/news/lost-…
Australia's first cops were all criminals. Our first police force was made up of 12 of the best behaved convicts. worldatlas.com/articles/w…
One regional police force in the UK once had helmets made from straw bbc.co.uk/ahistoryofthewo…
In 2019 a Hicksville, NY man pretending to be a police officer pulled over a van with actual detectives inside. He tried to flee, but was soon stopped by the real NY Highway Patrol. patch.com/new-york/hicksv…
Today I learned of Operation Julie, during which UK police seized 7.5 million doses of LSD. The bust removed 90% of the UK supply and caused the street price to increase fivefold. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
In 1698 the Russian Emperor Peter imposed a beard tax in order to bring the Russian society more in line with the societies of Western Europe. The ones who refused to pay the tax where shaven by the police. Those who paid got a "beard token". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…

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