A baby fell on a man’s head… twice

The year was 1937 and street sweeper Joseph Figlock, was attending his duties when a baby fell down on him. Fortunately, both were only injured and survived this incredible event.

Weirdly, the same thing happened the next year. This time a toddler fell on his head. Again, both survived. The world has it’s own ways sometimes!

Pennies cost two times more to make

This is the case since 2006. It was the first time ever in history that the cost to make pennies and nickels outplayed their actual value.

Since 2007, it costs 2.4 cents to make a penny and 11.2 cents to make a nickel. These costs include materials, machinery, labour, transport and others.

Bubble wrap was supposed to be wallpaper

A room with bubble wrap walls may not sound like a too bad idea, but back in the days, it was a big no no!

Engineers Al Fielding and Marc Chavannes learnt that the hard way, when their bubble wrap wallpaper failed to achieve the sales targets. They were not to abandon their idea though and eventually, they ended up providing packaging materials for IBM in 1959.

Lighters were invented before matchsticks

While the chicken and egg riddle remains unsolved, the lighters and matchsticks one is solved! Lighters came up in the 16th century. They were converted flintlock pistols. The matchsticks came up much later, in 1826. This just goes to prove that the simplest of implementations are the hardest to come by.