Today’s Trivia


A man built a secret apartment in a mall garage, gets away with living there, off and on, for four years. (source)


Hacker Kevin Mitnick spent 8 months of his prison sentence in solitary confinement because law enforcement officials convinced a judge that he could start a nuclear war by whistling into a pay phone. (source)


A teenager was sucked out of an airplane after it was struck by lightning. She fell 3.2 kilometers to the ground still strapped to her chair and lived. Only to endure a 9 day walk to the nearest civilization. (source)


Norway has no minimum wage, however Mcdonald’s workers make between 95 – 140+ kroner ($16-24USD) per hour depending on their age. (source)


TV weather forecasts deliberately and systematically overstate the chances of rain. This “wet bias” occurs because the audience is more upset when they’re caught in an unexpected shower without their umbrella than when predicted rain fails to materialise. (source)




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  • fecnde

    Mitnick’s autobiography of being on the run is quite a good read. I was surprised he wasn’t bitter about the length of time in prison without trial – its a minor part of the book

  • Mediaan

    Love those stories about people creating secret spaces for themselves. There was a senior student who revealed after graduation at one of USA’s ivy league universities that he had been living in a space he made in one of the lecture buildings, behind the wall cladding. The artist who made a 4-year apartment out of a space he found in a mall in Providence, that link doesn’t work but here is an interview with him.

  • Col

    Throw out the minimum here in NZ and we will pay them what they are worth?
    If you don’t like it get another job?

  • maninblack

    those fucking mall artists. ‘its about putting something thats not usually in the context of a mall’ Big fucking deal.