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The 15 Most Shocking Court Cases In History

A woman sued Cap’n Crunch because she thought Crunch Berries were a real fruit!

There are all sorts of ridiculous lawsuits against companies and civilians in the U.S. all the time. Everyone remembers the woman who sued McDonalds for not warning her that the coffee was hot.

Another classic is a woman who bought a Winnebago and set it to cruise control while driving and went in the back to make herself a sandwich. Shockingly, she wrecked the Winnebago and sued the company for not informing her in the owner’s manual that cruise control didn’t mean it could auto-drive the wheel and speed.

Well, a lady in California has now sued Pepsico, who makes Cap’n Crunch, for misleading her in believing that the cereal had actual fruit in it. For years she ate the cereal thinking she was getting a great deal of nutritional value and real fruit from it.

You can imagine her fury when she found out she was eating flavored jagged sugar. Surprisingly the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California dismissed the lawsuit.


The color of the twist tie on bread packaging means something!

The color on the twist tie of your break package isn’t just there for looks. No, the color actually signifies which day of the week the bread was baked on. Now, you may be thinking: Isn’t that kind of useless if barely anybody knows that? Well, the color is not for the customer but for the person stocking the shelf. It helps them determine which packets of bread are old and need to be removed from the shelf.

This way, employees don’t need to look closely at the tabs (which usually also show the “sell by” date); they can simply remove specific colours. Each manufacturer has their own color code. But, this code is not top-secret or anything; it is usually easily discovered online, by asking the bread stocker at the store, or by emailing the manufacturer.


As a McDonald's cashier, James Franco practiced different accents on the customers he served!

James Franco, the actor, has an interesting past. His parents met at Stanford University. His mom became and actress and writer and his father ran a Silicon Valley business. His paternal grandmother is a published author of young adults books and his maternal grandmother owns a prominent art gallery in Cleveland, Ohio.

In high school, Franco got in trouble with the law for theft, vandalism, and graffiti. He got his act together and went to UCLA majoring in English. He quickly dropped out, because he really wanted to be an actor.

So, he got a job at McDonalds while he pursued his acting career to support himself. Until working there, he had been a vegetarian. He practiced his accents on customers to his perfection. His first paid gig was a Pizza Hut commercial and soon after he was cast in Judd Apatow's TV show Freaks and Geeks. From there he continued to climb the acting ladder.


Some scientists think dolphins should have similar rights as humans because they're so smart!

Research has shown that dolphins and orcas have distinctive cultures, societies, and personalities. Marine experts say that isolating these animals in amusement park tanks is morally wrong, because they are socially driven.

They want the animals to be recognized with human-like rights because they believe dolphins are non-human persons. This means that the deliberate killing of a dolphin is ethically the equivalent of deliberately killing a human being.

Such a recognition would certainly drive a lot of changes in society. For one, it would make illegal some imprecise fishing methods that kill thousands of dolphins and whales each year. It is unknown if dolphins will ever actually be seen by the masses the way scientists see them and it is unlikely that laws will be passed that recognize dolphins in non human humane ways.


A 2-week pregnant woman couldn't deploy her parachute. Both she and her fetus survived!

Shayna Richardson was a woman who liked jumping out of airplanes. She began skydiving when she turned 21. She was making her 10th dive and going solo for the first time when her brand new parachute decided to call it quits. Her main chute and her reserve failed to open properly and she free fell thousands of feet.

Her entire fall was captured on tape by a camera in her instructor’s helmet. Her landing wasn’t the most graceful or the most comfortable one; she landed face first in a parking lot. It is estimated that she was going 50 mph at impact. At that point, she thought she was going to die.

"I had accepted — I don't know how your brain can process that so quickly in the 3,000 feet that I fell. I had rationalized with myself that this was it, I was gonna die, and there wasn't anything I could do about it. So I just needed to have one last talk with God before I did." She says.

She doesn’t actually remember hitting the ground. Her instructor met her promptly and tended to her while the ambulance arrived. He received 15 plates in her face for fractures after four operations. She also received some unexpected news.

Apparently, she was 2 weeks pregnant and the fetus had survived both the free falls and the multiple surgeries. On that fateful day, the prospect of being a mother made her feel like the luckiest person.



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