No one knows who invented the fire hydrant because the building holding the patent burned to the ground in 1836.
In 1985, a man drowned at a pool party attended by 100 lifeguards. The party was in celebration of the first summer without a drowning at the New Orleans municipal pool.
John R. Morales, an actor who played McGruff The Crime Dog, was imprisoned for 16 years after police found 1,000 pot plants and a grenade launcher in his home.
Gary Kremen, the founder of Match.com, lost his girlfriend to a man she met on Match.com.
“Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia” is the fear of long words.
In 2014, a Los Angeles memorial tree dedicated to George Harrison was killed by an infestation of beetles.
A statue of a homeless Jesus sleeping on a bench was installed in an area of downtown Orlando where the homeless are banned from sleeping on benches.
In 1974, 80,000 lapel buttons created by the government to promote toy safety were recalled. They contained lead paint, the edges were too sharp, and they were deemed a choking hazard.
Condoms were given out at a Canadian university with notes attached promoting safe sex. They were later recalled because the staples used to fasten the note had punctured the condoms.
Union General, John Sedgwick, was shot and killed moments after standing from his trench and telling his men to stand because Confederate soldiers “couldn’t hit an elephant at this distance.”
Barry Manilow’s 1976 hit “I Write The Songs,” was written by Bruce Johnson.
A man sued the Guinness Book of World Records for damages after they awarded him the world record for “most lawsuits ever filed” at over 10,000.