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26Allman Brothers Band

The Allman Brothers Band funded Jimmy Carter $800,000 to his nearly broke presidential campaign. Without the donations he likely would not have won. - Source

27. In Ancient Thebes, there was a fairly successful band of warriors (Sacred Band of Thebes) consisting entirely of 150 gay couples. They were chosen based on the idea that "you fight better when trying to impress your lover". - Source

28. Harlon Block was a marine who raised the flag on Iwo Jima but then died soon after. He was misidentified in the famous picture for 2 years but his mother knew it was him. Looking at the photo she exclaimed “I’ve changed so many diapers on that boy’s butt, I know it’s my boy". - Source

29. "Don't Mess With Texas" originated as an anti-litter slogan in the '80s. - Source

30. Eminem set the Guinness World Record with "Rap God" for most words in a hit single. The song has a record-breaking 1560 words in 6 minutes 4 seconds and averaging 4.28 words per second. One section of the song features 97 words in 15 seconds at 6.5 words per second. - Source

31Richard Garfield

Richard Garfield, the creator of magic the gathering (first modern collectible card game) is the great-great-grandson of U.S. President James A. Garfield, and his great-uncle invented the paper clip. - Source

32. The Vikings were the first Europeans in North America landing in modern-day Newfoundland in Canada, beating Christopher Columbus by 500 years. - Source

33. Jackie Kennedy wore her blood-splattered pink Chanel suit for the rest of the day after JFK's assassination. When asked to change her outfit, she replied: "I want them to see what they have done to Jack." - Source

34. McDonalds Szechuan dipping sauce wasn't Szechuan at all, as the Szechuan peppercorn was banned in the US at the time of the original promotion. - Source

35. The first Roman fire brigade was created to be very lucrative. Arriving at the scene, the firefighters did nothing while a price was negotiated. Failing to reach a deal, the structure was allowed to burn to the ground after which an offer was made to purchase it for a fraction of its value.

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36Signal jammers

Some churches are using signal jammers to make the congregation stop using their mobile phones. - Source

37. Samuel Morse invented the telegraph after he received a letter of his wife's failing health and after she'd died. - Source

38. The city of Lexington Kentucky holds a Halloween parade every year in which citizens can sign up to dress as zombies and dance to Thriller behind a Micheal Jackson impersonator. The event has gotten so popular there are now six Micheal Jacksons throughout the city. - Source

39. When Sir Terry Pratchett was knighted, he forged his own sword from iron and meteorites just for the occasion. - Source

40. Joseph Pujol was a professional farter and highest paid performer at the Moulin Rouge. For his grand finale, he would play "La Marseillaise" through his anus and then blow out candles from yards away. Corseted women in the audience were known to pass out from laughter.

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41Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson helped to popularize "Mac 'n Cheese" by serving it to dinner guests during his presidency. - Source

42. Little league sports were originally organized to keep poor kids off the streets but the Depression caused leagues to close down so poor children from urban areas lost opportunities for competitive athletics. Fee-based groups filled the void but only upper-class kids could afford them. - Source

43. In 1994, a Boy Scout named David Charles Hahn attempted to make a neutron gun and in the process created a massive irradiation incident in his neighborbood and also irradiated himself. He was arrested. Authorities declared the his shed as a hazardous materials site and sealed it. Crews from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency led a Superfund cleanup in 2005 that included dismantling the shed and shipping its remains to be buried at a low-level radioactive waste site in Utah. - Source

44. American Spirit Cigarettes, despite claiming to be additive-free, add ammonia or urea to increase free-base nicotine absorption to 36%. - Source

45. Whales' closest living relatives are the hippopotamuses. - Source


The reason you can't find canned broccoli, unlike most other vegetables, is because broccoli disintegrates into a pulp when cooked for periods of time above 200°F, and water boils at 212°F. The canning process cooks food once before and once after its canned. Broccoli would turn to mush. - Source

47. In 2014, chlorine gas was released in a hotel hosting a furry convention, injuring 19 people. The apparent chemical attack is unsolved, and the source of the chlorine is still unknown. - Source

48. Studded and spiked dog collars were originally intended to protect dogs from wolves, coyotes, and other predators. - Source

49. In 1900, Casey Jones (American railroader) sacrificed himself in order to slow his train to save his passengers from serious injury or death. He was the only fatality. - Source

50. Many BPA-free plastics contain BPS, a similar chemical that can affect cells the same way. 81% of Americans have BPS in their urine. - Source


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