Ben Padilla, an aircraft mechanic and his helper were working on the 727 to get it flight-ready. Padilla had a private pilot’s license, but his helper had no experience. A 727 requires 3 pilots to fly it.
Without permission or contact with the airport, they plane began to taxi down the runway erratically and flew off towards the Atlantic never to be seen again. The incident sent the US into a frenzy believing it could be another terrorist attack. They’ve since dropped their investigation. It is the largest airplane to ever disappear without a trace.
Image: Bruno Garcia Source: http://www.airspacemag.com/history-of-flight/The-727-that-Vanished.html?c=y&page=1
Ben Franklin was living abroad as a US ambassador to France around 1781. During this time he wrote an essay all about flatulence. He famously named it “Fart Proudly.”
He wrote the essay as a response to a call for scientific papers from the Royal Academy of Brussels. Franklin felt they were too uptight. The essay discusses how different foods affect the odor of farts. He suggested that scientists develop something to eat with food to make fart smell more pleasant.
The finale of MasterChef Australia was so heavily anticipated that it forced a national election debate to be cancelled!
The second season finale of MasterChef Australia was really intense. The ratings were predicted to be so good that they cancelled a national debate.
The debate was between the Australian Prime Minister and his opponent for the general election. Over 4 million watched the final challenged on MasterChef and it peaked at over 5 million viewers for the announcement of the winner. The winner was Adam Liaw. Who needs politics with reality TV happening these days?
A man broke into a New Zealand radio station and held the manager hostage until his strange demand was met: to play “Rainbow Connection” nonstop! This happened in 1996, the man held a New Zealand radio station manager hostage until he played a song by Kermit the frog!
The 21 year old man also demanded that he be able to speak to listeners or he’d detonate a bomb. Before any real shenanigans could happen the police stormed the building. He was arrested for kidnapping and the bomb was found, which, thankfully was fake.