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- From 1946 to 1948, nearly 700 Guatemalans were deliberately infected by American doctors to study the effects of venereal disease. The US didn’t formally acknowledge the study or apologize till 2010.
- The first human cardiac catheterization was done by Werner Forssmann who, after failing to get permission from his department chief, anesthetized his arm, inserted a catheter into his vein and threaded it into his heart. He then walked down to the X-ray department and took a picture to prove it
- Mr. Ramon Artagaveytia survived the fire and sinking of a ship in 1871, leaving him emotionally scarred. About 41 years later, he was finally able to overcome his fears and nightmares and deciding to sail again, only to die in the sinking of that new ship, which was The Titanic.
- Amazingly if a goose gets sick or is wounded while flying, a couple of other geese may drop out of formation to help and protect him. They will try to stay with the disabled goose until he dies or is able to fly again.
- Some lizards, in which the tail is a major storage organ for accumulating reserves, will return to a dropped tail after the threat has passed, and will in fact eat it to recover part of the sacrificed supplies.
- Amazingly the current heir to the former Ottoman Empire, Bayezid Osman, is a US citizen, WWII Veteran, and lives in New York City where he worked as a librarian before retiring. He is 89 years old.
- The Horror Frog, which lives in Central Africa, when threatened, breaks the bones in its toes and forces the ends through its skin to create claws for fighting.
- In the 1920s and 30s, Procter & Gamble (originally known for soap and candles) sponsored several radio shows, with those shows becoming known as “Soap Operas”
- Horseshoe-crab blood, at $60,000/gallon, is valued to such an extreme degree because it is not only employed worldwide in bacterial contamination tests but it is also used in testing for every single drug approved by the FDA, making it a $50 million/year industry.
- During the entire Irish Potato Famine (1845-1852), rich landowners exported 30-50 shiploads of food per day, while more than 1 million people starved to death.
- Norman Borlaug, an American biologist, developed many new strains of crops which yielded 4 times as much food. He has saved the lives of over a billion people.
- Amazing fact is that there is a village in Assam , India called Jatinga where over the last 100 years, thousands of birds have mysteriously flown to their death over a small strip of land.
- In 2006, a convicted murder named Richard Lee McNair escaped from United States Penitentiary in Pollock, Louisiana by mailing himself out.
- American Retailer Kroger uses infrared sensors to track customers in their stores. Then an algorithm decides how many checkout lines need to be open to reduce wait times.
- Amazing fact is that Rio de Janeiro was once capital of Portugal, making it the only European capital outside of Europe.
By Amazing Facts 4U Team