40 Strange Historical Facts That You Didn’t Learn In History Class
The origin of the “cobra effect”
Have you ever heard of the “cobra effect”? It’s what happens when the solution to a problem actually makes the problem much, much worse. One of the strange historical facts we found explains where the cobra effect came from, and it’s pretty funny. While India was still under British rule, the government became concerned with the population of highly venomous cobras in Delhi. So, they began offering cash rewards for dead cobras. In order to milk the system, citizens began breeding cobras to kill them and turn them in for cash. The government ended the incentive program, so breeders just let all these poisonous snakes free since they held no value any longer. The cobra population in Delhi skyrocketed. So, whoops?