If a woman in Hong Kong discovers her husband isn’t being faithful, she is legally allowed to kill him but she can use nothing except for her hands. The secret lover of the husband is allowed to be killed in any manner chosen!
Other forms of punishment for the husband include sending the cheating spouse to a work camp for up to two years! The original wife of the cheater is allowed to take half of all possessions given to the secret wife, regardless of who originally owned them. Since the passing of this law, many wives have filed suits to receive compensation for their unfaithful husbands. For more on this law, click here.
The amount of physicists that have been nominated for the Nobel Prize is huge. In fact, a lot of the most important physicists in history have never won the prize.
Some of them didn’t get it because they weren’t born after 1895, some because people didn’t believe in their job at first and some because they competed against geniuses.
However, Arnold Sommerfled is the perfect example of irony. Arnold Sommerfield, a theoretical physicist, was doctoral supervisor to 4 physicists who went on to win Nobel Prizes in physics, and academic supervisor to 2 others who also won. He himself was nominated 81 times.
Despite of his hard work, he was never able to achieve the big prize, and hence, died without a Nobel Prize.
Has anyone ever asked you what you would eat for your last meal? More than a conversation starter, this is actually a decision death row inmates have to make before they are put to death.
Traditionally, prisons offer the inmate whatever they like for their last meal. This tradition was abolished in Texas though after one particularly extravagant request.
In 2011, death row inmate Lawrence Brewer requested and was provided with a meal that included a triple-meat bacon cheeseburger, bowl of okra, meat lover's pizza, half a loaf of bread, pound of barbecue, peanut butter fudge and a pint of ice cream.
However, when the food was brought to Brewer, he declined to eat it, saying that he wasn't hungry.
This prompted Texas Senator John Whitmire to write a letter prison officials demanding that they stop this tradition. Brad Livingston, the executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice agreed with Whitmire and halted the practice immediately.
On September 11, 2001, four commercial planes were hijacked by foreign terrorists. All other commercial flights were grounded that day, which ended up being a great and potentially life-saving decision. No other planes were able to be hijacked.
Amazingly, the man who ordered the grounding of over 4,000 commercial flights in the United States was on his first day on the job when he made the call. Ben Sliney, the Federal Aviation Administration's National Operations Manager made this unprecedented call. He had no input from the President of the United States or the bureaucracy above him.
However, it's not like Sliney was totally new to the profession. Before signing on as the FAA's National Operations Manager, he held a leadership position at New York's TRACON, which was responsible for all the air traffic in the New York City area. His call was still a heroic one though. So much so that he was asked to portray himself in Universal Pictures' film "United 93."
Sean Connery could have been Gandalf!
For many people Sean Connery was the perfect and logical choice to play Gandalf before it was known that Ian McKellen would play him. In fact, it was reported that Peter Jackson even offered him the role, but he turned it down.
His reason was that he'd never read the J.R.R. Tolkien book and that he didn't understand the script. By turning it down, he lost out on 15% of worldwide receipts from the movie. That would have earned Connery as much as $400 million!
What do you think? Would Sean Connery have made a better Gandalf than Ian McKellen?