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1John Harrison

John Harrison is the only person to be both the child (William Henry Harrison) and the parent (Benjamin Harrison) of U.S. Presidents.

2. NASA pilots routinely intercepted and defeated U.S. Navy Phantom IIs in mock dogfights, until complaints from the Navy put an end to the harassment.

3. Simon Cowell praised Rebecca Black's song "Friday": "the fact that it's making people so angry is brilliant". He advised her to not "listen to anyone over the age of 18. I'm being deadly serious. Whatever she's done has worked ... she's the most talked-about artist in America right now".

4. In the 1880s, a man named Larry Donovan tried to make a living by jumping off bridges to gain fame and recognition. After he died penniless jumping off a low bridge on a drunken bet, his mother was quoted as saying: "I told him that jumping off bridges was a poor way of earning a living."

5. One of the reasons the gloves didn't fit O.J. Simpson is that he stopped taking medication for his arthritis which led to his hands becoming swollen.

6Bob Marley

Bob Marley's song, Buffalo Soldier, refers to the name given to black troops by Native Americans, who thought black soldiers' hair looked and felt like a buffalo's pelt. Buffalo Soldiers settled railroad disputes, built and repaired forts, and protected settlers from Native American attacks.

7. When Luxembourg was liberated from Nazism in 1944, the returning government was so impressed with some regulations and laws concerning tax and employment the Nazis had made, that it decided to simply keep them.

8. The oldest unopened wine bottle was unearthed from a 4th century Roman tomb found near Speyer, Germany.

9. The first monkeys in South America likely drifted from Africa on a floating island of vegetation.

10. The reason PINs are typically 4 digits is that the inventor's wife (John Adrian Shepherd-Barron's wife) could only remember 4 digits. Had she not mentioned this they would have been 6 digits.

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A recessed landscape design element that creates a vertical barrier while preserving an uninterrupted view of the landscape beyond is called a "ha-ha".

12. If you have served in the military, regardless of the branch of service, regardless of where you were deployed, and regardless of whether you served during a time of peace or a time of war, you are at a 60% greater risk of dying from ALS (motor neuron disease) and nobody knows why.

13. A man named Neelimkumar Khaire in India set a world record in 1986 by spending 72 hours in a cage with 72 of the most venomous snake species in India; to spread awareness and to prove that snakes don't bite unless provoked. He came out of the cage, unharmed and without a single bite.

14. During O.J. Simpson's 1995 verdict announcement for murder, long-distance calls declined by 58%, trading on the New York Stock Exchange decreased by 41%, water usage decreased, and there was an estimated $480 million in lost productivity due to work stopping.

15. Director James Cameron reached the Challenger Deep, the deepest part of the Mariana Trench in 2012. He is the first person to accomplish the trip solo. The data he collected resulted in interesting new finds in the field of marine biology, including new species of sea cucumber and squid worm.

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Jerusalem has been destroyed twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, and captured and recaptured 44 times.

17. The kiln was originally pronounced with a silent "n." Linguists believe that when written descriptions of kilns reached people who had never heard of them before; they assumed the "n" was pronounced, and this mispronunciation took over.

18. The "bubonic plague" was a specific way of dying from the plague wherein lymph nodes would swell into lumps called "buboes." This is also the origin of bruises being called "boo-boos."

19. Shifting Baseline Syndrome describes the phenomena, where each generation uses previous reference points as baselines despite those points representing significant changes from even earlier states. Each generation defines the "natural" state differently, and large changes over time often go unnoticed.

20. The Ottoman Empire's Sultan Ibrahim I had 280 of his concubines drowned in the ocean after one of them slept with another man.


Despite receiving an annual rainfall of just 3 inches, Yuma, Arizona produces 90% of the United States' lettuce during the winter.

22. Search and rescue dogs searching for survivors after 9/11 would experience depression-like symptoms because they couldn't find survivors, only bodies.

23. The 1992 US Olympics basketball team (the "Dream Team") has been called "the most dominant squad ever assembled in any sport". Magic Johnson said "I look to my right, there's Michael Jordan ... I look to my left, there's Charles Barkley or Larry Bird ... I didn't know who to throw the ball to!"

24. In 2006, skydiver Michael Holmes jumped out of a plane at 15,000 feet wearing a helmet camera. His first parachute failed, then his reserve failed too. Then he waved goodbye before landing in a blackberry bush and surviving.

25. Deborah Sampson who disguised herself as a man to fight in the U.S. Revolutionary War served in an elite Light Infantry unit and was wounded in battle. After her secret was discovered, she was honorably discharged but had to fight to receive her veteran's pension.


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