Franz Reichelt (1879-1912) fell to his death off the first deck of the Eiffel Tower while testing his invention, the coat parachute. It was his first ever attempt with the parachute. He […]
Toronto attorney Garry Hoy (1955 – 1993) fell to his death after he threw himself through the glass wall on the 24th floor of the Toronto-Dominion Centre in order to prove the […]
Robert Quillen (1887-1948), the editor of the Fountain Inn Tribune in South Carolina, was known for writing whatever came into his head. Heaven help whomever he was writing about if he was […]
H.L. Mencken did not hide his dislike of President Warren G. Harding. He especially loathed Harding’s mangling of the English language and called such utterings “Gamalielese”, in honor of the President’s middle […]
“As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks […]
In Vermont, a wife must obtain written permission from her husband before wearing false teeth. source
When Moeun Sarim and his wife Vat Navy terminated their 18-year marriage, the divorce settlement called for sawing in two the wooden house they once shared in Cambodia. source
In Toronto, Canada, it is illegal to drag a dead horse down Yonge Street on a Sunday. source
New Zealand law permits each high school to possess up to one pound of uranium and one pound of thorium for conducting nuclear experiments. Don’t worry…. The law provides for a fine […]
It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance.
In September 2012, David Weber, a 53-year-old homeless man from Miami Beach, Florida, broke into a car, stole a credit card and then tried to use it to buy a beer — […]
The record distance for being dragged by a horse while one’s body is on fire is held by Halapi Roland of Hungary. The record distance is 472.8 meters (1151 feet 2 inches).
In 1980 a Las Vegas hospital suspended employees for taking bets on when patients would die. source