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1Old shipwrecks

There's a huge illegal industry that salvages old shipwrecks that predate nuclear testing to get steel untainted by atmospheric radiation. - Source

2. Ants make up 15% of all terrestrial animal biomass, and there are 10 thousand trillion ants on the planet. - Source

3. Eminem's mother (Debbie Mathers) filed an $11million defamation lawsuit against him because of his lyrics about her, settled for $25,000 and $23,354.25 of that went to her lawyer. - Source

4. When 20th-century archaeologist Leonard Woolley excavated the temple at Ur (Ennigaldi-Nanna's museum), he found rows of neatly arranged artifacts of varying ages accompanied by inscriptions describing them: a 2500-year-old archaeological museum. - Source

5. Instead of signing their name on official documents, Japanese people carry around a unique stamp called a Hanko which serves as their signature. - Source

6Baseball players

20/20 vision isn't actually "perfect", and professional baseball players average around 20/12 vision; greater acuity than conventional eye charts test for. - Source

7. Panspermia is a hypothesis that life exists throughout the Universe, distributed by meteoroids, asteroids, spacecraft etc. in form of extremophile types of bacteria. If met with ideal conditions on a new planet's surfaces, the organisms become active and the process of evolution begins. - Source

8. England used to have a "Window tax". People refused to disclose how much money they made, considering it an invasion of privacy - so you would be charged based on how many windows your house had. In retaliation, people bricked up their windows, which you can still see today. - Source

9. The owner of Ray's Sausages spent $30,000 to combat the foul smell said to be coming from his sausage shop. It was then discovered that the smell was coming from next door, where a serial killer had stored the rotting corpses of his victims. - Source

10. The "Broken Windows Theory" states that maintaining and monitoring urban areas to prevent small crimes, such as vandalism, helps to create an atmosphere of order and lawfulness - thereby preventing more serious crimes from happening.

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Between 200-1200s AD, Inuit and Vikings colonized Greenland multiple times, but they often missed the other and found the ruins of the other's attempt. First contact finally happened in the 1200s, with Inuits colonizing the Vikings.- Source

12. Sesame Street has an Incarceration Tool Kit which assists parents and family with explaining prison to children. - Source

13. The cesium test is used to test if an old bottle of wine is genuine. It is tested for cesium 137. If there is none present, the bottle predates 1945 and the nuclear age. - Source

14. Chris Pratt lived in a Scooby-Doo van in Maui where he drank, smoked weed, and worked just enough to cover expenses. - Source

15. NASA does not have an official protocol for what to do with an astronaut if one dies in space.

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16Smoking on aircraft

When smoking was allowed on aircraft, engineers used nicotine stains on the outside of planes to detect microscopic cracks in the fuselage. Now that smoking is banned, these cracks have become much more difficult to detect. - Source

17. Elvis Presley once handed Alice Cooper one of his guns and asked him to point it at him to show off his karate skills. Cooper later said that he genuinely wanted to pull the trigger to do something legendary with his life, but Elvis knocked the gun out of his hand and pinned him before he could fire. - Source

18. In 1891, women throughout Victoria went door to door, gathering signatures for a women’s suffrage petition, which became known as the ‘Monster Petition'. The petition was approximately 260 metres long and contained nearly 30,000 signatures, including that of Jane Munro, the Premier’s wife.- Source

19. In the U.S. 42.6 million adults age 45 and older are chronically lonely. - Source

20. Sportscaster Bob Costas jokingly promised Kirby Puckett he would name his first child Kirby if Puckett was batting over .350 when the child was born. Kirby hit over .350 but the child had already been named. He reminded Costas and the birth certificate was changed to "Keith Michael Kirby Costas" - Source

21Yew trees

Yew trees can live for more than 1000 years, are often found in graveyards, and have a long association with death; they're deadly poisonous to humans, with no known antidote. However, the tree is used to make taxanes, which are used to fight cancer. - Source

22. President Thomas Jefferson delayed a state dinner for the Tunisian ambassador until after sunset to accommodate the ambassador's observance of the Ramadan fast, in 1805. - Source

23. Two Australians named Morgan Ruig and Evan Shay fooled officials into letting them play in an international golf tournament at North Korea's only golf course. For five days they were treated as honored guests and taken on official visits around Pyongyang before being exposed as frauds due to their poor golfing skills. - Source

24. Due to Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination in 1948, the Nobel Committee refused to give the Nobel Peace Prize that year because there was “no suitable living candidate.” The Prize cannot be given to deceased candidates. That way Gandhi's place on the list was silently but respectfully left open. - Source

25. Tara Strong, the voice actress on Powerpuff Girls, Rugrats, Teen Titans, Hello Kitty, Ultimate Spider Man, Princess Mononoke, and much more, was given a visa into the US as an "Alien of Extraordinary Ability." - Source


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