Strange History and News of Weird Trivia 1969 to 1977

A collectiong of random facts and strange history from 1969 to 1977 including trivia about a frog love-in, a million dollar bank error and a Saudi Arabian iceberg.


1969 Larry Lewis ran the 100-yd. dash in 17.8 sec., thereby setting a new world's record for runners in the 100-years-or-older class. Lewis was 101.

1970 The swamps of Sungei Siput, Malaysia, were the site of a mammoth love-in involving over 10,000 turned-on frogs. For an entire week, commencing on the night of Nov. 7, the frogs copulated with bestial abandon, thrashing about in ecstasy and splitting the air with their orgiastic croaking. Midway through the revel, the frogs appeared to be the victims of mass insanity; their croaks turned to screeches, and many tore themselves and their mates apart. The first scientific observers on the scene were baffled by what they saw and figured it to be some sort of all-out frog war. In fact, the first rains of the November monsoon had just fallen, and the drought-stricken creatures had, en masse, gone berserk with glee and plunged headlong into group sex.

1972 Police in Jackson, Miss., stopped a car that was weaving erratically through traffic and learned that the driver was blind. He was being directed by a companion sitting next to him, who claimed he was too drunk to drive the car himself.

1976 The government of Saudi Arabia hired the Cicero Company, a French engineering consulting firm, to explore the possibilities of importing icebergs from the South Pole to nourish the desert sands of that Middle Eastern nation. According to the Cicero Company's report, a rectangular berg of about 85 million tons would work nicely. Once located via satellite, it would be swaddled in an 18-in.-thick blanket of plastic (an antimelting measure), trussed up like a roast chicken, and harnessed to a team of six mighty tugboats. The project would cost $90 million.

While friction and heat would work their evil during the 5,000-mi. trip from Antarctica to the Red Sea port of Jidda, the engineers claimed that the melting could be kept down to 20% if the tugboats traveled at a slothlike one knot per hour. At that rate the trip would take between six months and a year.

1977 On July 31 a Filipino couple, Melchor and Victoria Javier, Jr., ordered a $1,000 bank draft from the Mellon bank, Pittsburgh, to be sent to them in Manila. In one of the great blunders of modern times, the Mellon bank accidentally added three zeros to the draft--and the Javiers received a check for $1,000,000 instead of $1,000. Delighted with the windfall, the Javiers proceeded to spend the money as follows: $433,000 for a 160-acre California lot; $37,333 for gambling; $42,000 for gifts to relatives and friends; $20,000 for family medical expenses; $80,000 for legal fees; $8,000 household expenses; $120,000 "miscellaneous expenditures." The balance the Javiers deposited in savings accounts. When the astonished bank executives discovered the error, they sought to recover the money. The Javiers refused to return the overpayment, insisting they had spent most of it. The bank instigated a law suit, still unresolved.

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