The 2005 Banco Central burglary in Fortaleza, Brazil, was one of the largest bank robberies in history. In one weekend, thieves took nearly four tons of uninsured, non-sequential 50-real notes valued at roughly $70 million. The burglars spent three months tunneling to the vault from a rented house two blocks away. Though the police made several arrests in the case, more than $60 million remains missing. Why weren't neighbors suspicious when they saw vanloads of soil being removed from the house? Discuss
Sidis was an American child prodigy who could read The New York Times by the time he was 18 months old. By age eight, he had taught himself eight languages and had invented one of his own. It is said that in his adult years he could speak more than 40 languages and learn a new one in a single day. In 1909, he became the youngest person ever to enroll at Harvard College and began lecturing on higher mathematics the following year. What became of Sidis after he graduated in 1914, at age 16?
The Cooper's Hill Cheese Rolling and Wake is a 200-year-old competition held annually in the Cotswolds region of England. Drawing both local and international participants, the race begins when a round of Double Gloucester cheese is set loose at the top of a steep hill. Competitors dash after it, risking sprained ankles, broken bones, and concussions in the chase. Even spectators risk injury, as the cheese reaches speeds of 70 mph (113 km/h). What does the first person over the finish line win?