In Feb. 24, 1942, the US Military ordered a total black out of Los Angeles and fired 1,400 anti-air artillery and thousands of .50 caliber shots at a hovering object for 1 hour. When documenting the incident in 1983, the U.S. Office of Air Force History attributed the event to a case of “war nerves” likely triggered by a lost weather balloon and exacerbated by stray flares and shell bursts from adjoining batteries.
When Jefferson sent Lewis & Clark on their 1804 expedition across the American West, they all still very much believed in the potential of encountering living mammoths. This was because, at the time, people still refused that God would ever let anything go extinct.
After the fall of the Roman Empire the technology to make concrete was lost for 1000 years.
After hearing Kennedy’s “end of the decade” speech, an Englishman made a wager with a bookmaker of 10 pounds at 1000/1 “that a man will set foot on the surface of the moon before the first of January 1970.” He thought it was “a common sense bet.”
A Cambridge gerontologist believes that if technology continues to advance at it’s current rate, the first person who will live to 1000 years old is alive today.
A Brisbane golf course became infested with sharks after a river broke its banks and flooded the area. The sharks became stranded when the water receded, but now are thriving and even breeding.
There is a star 50 light-years from earth in the constellation Centaurus (BPM 37093) that is pure crystallized carbon, which means it is a diamond that weighs 10 billion trillion trillion carats. Written out that would be 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 carats.
The Mall of America in Minnesota does not have central heating. Instead, it is heated by solar windows, store electronics, and body heat from shoppers.