In 1994, Hush Puppies – an American brand for footwear – was on the verge of being shut down. As the annual sales had been reduced to mere 30,000 pairs, it was turning out to be economically nonviable for the founders to run it. And then, something really strange happened.
On 1st September 1939, German dictator Hitler had invaded Poland and triggered the beginning of World War 2. By killing millions of Polish nationals, his devastating forces seized the entire territory and left millions of children orphan. But somehow, during the bombardment, around 500 Polish women and 140 children managed to escape the deadly circumstances.
At the high altitudes of Bhutan and Tibet, just before the rainy season starts, a fungus attacks the caterpillar larvae (an immature form of an adult insect) that live in the grassy soil. When the larvae eventually die, the stems of the fungus then propagate in their heads and grow by 2-3 inches in length.
At the age of 3, Sangram Singh was diagnosed with a severe arthritis problem. Not only it made his bones weaker, but his immune system failed to respond to the external medication too. So severe was the complication that it started paralyzing his whole body. Having lost his ability to move his body parts, he was confined to a wheelchair for the next 10 years of his life.
Brooklyn, 1893: Anne Scheiber, born in 1893, was an auditor at IRS and pocketed not more than $4,000 a year. Being a Jewish as well as a woman, she was never promoted in her career. After having retired in 1944 with a lump sum amount of $5,000 and an annual pension of $3,100 per year, she had nothing but all the time to study and analyze the financial statements of the companies.