April 11, 2005
• Contrary to Soviet propaganda stating "The Communist Manifesto" was the first book to travel into space, the first work of literature to leave Earth's surface was "The Brothers Karamazov", carried by Yuri Gagarin. Gagarin left his copy of the manifesto in a defective spacesuit shortly before launch.
• According to 2004 tax filings, the Central Intelligence Agency claims to have only 600 employees.
• 23 percent of people are thought to suffer from Involuntary Nervous Relay Syndrome, in which sensations from one area of the body are thought to be felt in another. The first case of INRS was found in 1894, when a Cincinnati man believed he could smell with his right knee.
• Stoning was not ruled unconstitutional as a method of execution in the United States until 1932.
• In a royal command performance of "Romeo and Juliet" in 1606, Mercutio accidentally stabbed Tybalt in the arm, badly wounding the actor. The following performance replaced both actors for that scene only, the first documented use of stunt doubles in history.