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1Geraldo Rivera

In 2003, an American reporter named Geraldo Rivera was kicked out of Iraq after drawing a map in the sand giving details of US locations and future plans during a live broadcast.

2. Rick Rescorla saved all but 6 of his 2700 employees during the 9/11 attacks by directing people down the stairs using a bullhorn and encouraging them by singing Cornish songs.

3. The Aztec Empire was one of the first societies to have mandatory education for all children regardless of gender or rank.

4. 93% of Indians work in informal, off-the-books jobs, and get paid in cash.

5. According to unclassified audio tapes of president Johnson, Richard Nixon prolonged Vietnam War for political gain and Johnson knew about it.

6Cicada 3301

There is a cryptic organization called Cicada 3301 that posts challenging puzzles and games online, possibly to recruit codebreakers and linguists.

7. The actors who played brother (Michael C. Hall) and sister (Jennifer Carpenter) on "Dexter" began dating, fell in love, got engaged, got married, and got divorced, all while continuing to play brother and sister on TV.

8. The Emperor of Japan was historically very young. The duties of the emperor were considered incredibly tedious, and after a decade most emperors abdicated the throne to their younger brother.

9. Smoking scorpions to get high is a growing problem in South Asia. The high can last from 10 hours to 3 days. The high is said to be so powerful that it outstrips heroin. But the person spends the first six hours in pain while their body adjusts to the toxins, which can possibly lead to death.

10. A single helmet for the Air Force's new F-35 fighter costs over $400,000.

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11Sadee Renee Johnson

An Oregon woman named Sadee Renee Johnson started a 50,000-acre wildfire and later told authorities that her "firefighter friends were bored and needed work."

12. Newcastle Brown Ale was awarded Geographical Protection by the European Union in 2004 to ensure it could only be brewed in Newcastle. They later decided to move the Brewery to Gateshead but were told they would have to remove "Newcastle" from the brand name. They then had to get their own protection revoked.

13. Nikola Tesla was able to do integral calculus in his head, leading his teachers to believe he was cheating.

14. In 1999, hackers revealed a security flaw in Hotmail that permitted anybody to log into any Hotmail account using the password 'eh'.

15. Of the 3400 years of recorded history, only 268 are considered peaceful.

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16Wasabi fire alarm

Japanese researchers have created a fire-alarm for the deaf. It's a gadget that emits a wasabi mist which will wake the endangered person and get them out of the building alive!

17. Hayao Miyazaki only permitted an English adaptation of 'My Neighbor Totoro' on the condition that no part of the movie would be edited out, all names had to remain the same, the translation had to be as close to the original Japanese, and no part of the movie could be changed.

18. There's a recently discovered fingernail-size frog named Punk rocker frog that can morph its skin texture from spiny to smooth in just minutes and is the first shape-shifting amphibian ever found.

19. The research behind "Type A and Type B personality traits" was secretly funded by cigarette companies in the 1960's to suggest that smoking cigarettes didn't cause cancer and heart disease, being Type A did.

20. A black New York pastor named Chandra Dharma Sena Gooneratne in 1947 decided to travel to Alabama in a turban and with a fake accent, posing as a foreign dignitary. His disguise allowed him in white-only areas, and he was treated with little discrimination.

21Jonas Salk

On April 12, 1955, Edward R. Murrow asked Jonas Salk who owned the patent to the polio vaccine. His response was “Well, the people, I would say... There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?”

22. All captive white tigers can be traced to a single tiger origin. Every white tiger since has been inbred again and again causing major deformities at birth. They are also not a subspecies, thus not endangered, and are only kept around to bring in more money.

23. Johann Tetzel, an indulgence salesman in Martin Luther's time, was asked if an indulgence could be purchased for future sins. When he said yes, he was later beaten and robbed by the buyer, who said the act was the future sin in question.

24. Until 40 years ago scientists believed all life and food chains ultimately depended on the sun for energy. The discovery of deep-sea vents with whole ecosystems driven solely by chemical energy changed this view. Now it's thought that life may have actually originated from such systems.

25. Vatican City is the only place in the world where cash machines offer instructions in Latin.


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