20 Toe-Tapping Facts That Really Tuned Our Radios
With trains comes … uh, great responsibility, we guess. Did you know that there is a device used to intentionally derail trains? It's true! The derailer works by, you guessed it, derailing the equipment as it rolls over or through it. In these situations, there is a risk of greater damage to equipment, injury or death if the train is allowed to proceed, so they have to derail it. On the (gruesome) subject of injuries, did you know that James Brady died 33 years after being shot? That's right - the death of Reagan's press secretary was ruled a homicide when he died 33 years after getting shot. Interestingly enough, John Hinckley Jr., who attempted to kill President Ronald Reagan in 1981,. only faced charges for the 3 other people he injured and not Brady's homicide, due to the fact that he was found not guilty by reason of insanity. In other news from the '80s - have you heard about the D.B Cooper copycat named Glenn K Tripp? He hijacked an plane for $600k ransom but then had his drink spiked with Valium by a flight attendant. Eventually, he lowered his demand to 3 cheeseburgers before getting apprehended (and no doubt enjoying those burgers, at least).