Accomplishments and Records

He Won in a Dead Heat

Jockey Frank Hayes won a horse race at Belmont Park in New York in 1923. What is remarkable is that he was dead at the time. He suffered a heart attack mid-race, but his body stayed in the saddle past the finish line.


How Disney Made Us Believe Lemmings Commit Mass Suicide

In this uncertain world, there are at least three things on which all of us can be certain: Disney loves animals, nature documentaries are reliable, and lemmings commit mass suicide by throwing themselves off cliffs. If that summarizes your philosophy of life, prepare to have your world shaken. One of the most enduring beliefs about…

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How much will kill you?

The Oxford English Dictionary defines “poison” as “a substance that is capable of causing the illness or death of a living organism when introduced or absorbed.” At first glance, that seems to be pretty straightforward, until you realize that just about anything has the capability of causing illness or death if administered in sufficient quantities.…

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How a Fart Started a Revolution

Possibly you have found yourself hastily vacating a room because of someone’s gaseous emissions. Maybe your plans to shop in a certain aisle of a store changed after catching a whiff of the unpleasant aroma another shopper left behind. Some have told dramatic stories of forsaking hopes of romance at the sound of a rude…

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