People dream of going to the Super Bowl, the World Series, and even the Oscars, yet tickets are often either extremely expensive or nearly impossible to get. Most people would simply say, “O well,” and watch it from their living room, but not Dion Rich!
Rich is perhaps the most accomplished gatecrasher. He’s snuck into 33 consecutive Super Bowls, which itself is impressive, but that’s not all! Rich has snuck into the World Series, the Oscars, the Playboy Mansion, title fights, America's Cup races, Kentucky Derbies, and 14 Olympics! So how does he do it? In many different ways actually.
He’s dressed up as a camera man, a guy in a wheel chair, a cop, a ref, a band member, and many more! It was only after 9/11 that Rich had trouble sneaking into events. For example, the NFL spent nearly $7 million on security for Super Bowl XXXVI alone!
A Japanese artist made a sculpture of himself that was so lifelike people couldn't tell the difference between it and himself!
Hananuma Masakichi learned he was dying of tuberculosis, and being an artist, decided he would leave something behind so everyone would know exactly what he looked like back in the 1800’s. Masakichi decided to make a wooden sculpture that would be extremely lifelike.
He worked on each body part separately, and painted and lacquered the wood to match his skin tone and accurately portray every tendon, muscle, bone, vein, and wrinkle. He crafted glass eyes that are also stunningly realistic. Amazingly, he even plucked a tiny hole for each of his pores! He used his own teeth, hair, and nails also!
By the time he was finished, even when standing right next to his work of art, people had difficulty knowing which was real and which was fake!
There's a man whose brain sees numbers with shapes, colors and feels. He can recite over 22k digits of Pi!
Savants are fascinating to observe because their brains are so incredible. While completely incapable of performing some tasks, they are so incredibly amazing at doing others that it has captured worldwide attention.
Daniel Tammet is one of these savants, who claims that numbers result in an emotional result in each person. For example, he claims each positive integer up to 10,000 has it's own shape, color, and feel. The number 289 is extremely ugly, while 333 is strangely attractive. Pi he describes as beautiful. 9 is large and towering, while 25 is fun and would be invited to a party.
This may sound bizarre to most of us, but to a savant it makes perfect sense. Tammet currently holds the world record for reciting the most digits of pi at 22,514, and taking only a week per language, learned Romanian, Gaelic, Welsh, Icelandic, and six others!
This might sound strange to most people who routinely log on to the Internet without a second thought, but not everywhere in the World has access to the Internet, and in most places it costs money. However, at the 2003 World Summit on the Information Society, Finland proposed and implemented some interesting new ideas.
Because the Internet is so new, legislators have had trouble regulating what can be put on it and it's usage. Finland claims that the Internet is so engrained in modern day society it is part of the maintenance of human rights to ensure that everyone can access it.
They emphasize the freedom of opinion and expression and believe everyone should be able to research what they please, regardless of whether they have paid for the service or not, resulting in usage of the Internet becoming a “fundamental right” of all people in Finland just like free choice and freedom of religion!
On LIFE’s first issue, they featured the birth of George Story. Years later, Story died a month after LIFE shut down!
Life magazine is one of the most famous and recognizable magazines of the 20th century. It began in 1936 to promote and analyze world events. The first edition was titled “Life Begins” and featured an actual baby named George Story. Editors of the magazine planned to follow Story’s life throughout the years, which they were successful with.
Story became a journalist, married, and had children, all of which were covered by Life through sporadic articles. Unfortunately the magazine suffered throughout the years and nearly failed several times. By 2000 they finally announced their closure, and the strangest thing happened.
Ironically, as the magazine came to an end, so did the life of George Story who died of heart failure on April 4, 2000 just a month after the announcement of the magazine’s closure. The last issue of Life was titled “A Life Ends” and featured Story’s story and how it went hand in hand with the life of Life magazine.