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1Ben Ferencz

The last surviving Nuremberg prosecutor named Ben Ferencz (age 97) says that what he witnessed in Europe still haunts him "every single day of his life."

2. Impostor syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenon or fraud syndrome or the impostor experience) is a concept describing individuals who are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a "fraud".

3. In 2007, when a North Korean merchant vessel was attacked by Somali pirates, an American destroyer came to their aid. This event led to rare pro-US statements from the North Korean media.

4. During a 6-year span, drug wholesalers shipped 780 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills to pharmacies throughout West Virginia. 1,728 West Virginians fatally overdosed on those two painkillers during this time.

5. When Plato gave the definition of man as "featherless bipeds," Diogenes plucked a chicken and brought it into Plato's Academy, saying, "Behold! I've brought you a man," and so the Academy added "with broad flat nails" to the definition.

6Vandersarl brothers

In 1911, 2 teenage boys (Vandersarl brothers) with no money, no formal education or training, and no flying skills successfully fabricated, built, and flew a Bleriot aircraft. The aircraft was restored and flew again in 2012.

7. Hugh Jackman had no idea what a wolverine was when he auditioned for the role and actually spent two weeks studying wolves instead.

8. The China Syndrome is a movie about a nuclear meltdown caused by a faulty sensor reading and a stuck-open pressure release valve, aired only 12 days before the 3 Mile Island Meltdown, caused by a faulty sensor reading and a stuck open pressure release valve.

9. Writers Ralph Waldo Emerson and Ray Bradbury, actors Christopher Reeve and Linda Hamilton, and astronaut Alan Shepard are all descendants of Mary Bradbury, a woman tried and sentenced in the Salem Witch Trials who escaped death and lived to age 85.

10. Wilmer Valderrama purchased the Vista Cruiser used on "That '70s Show" for $500 when the series ended.

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11Blue traffic lights

Japan has blue traffic lights in some areas because historically the Japanese used the same word for green and blue.

12. In 1977, Pradyumna Kumar Mahanandia, a poor Indian artist, rode a second-hand bicycle for 4 weeks and 3 days from New Delhi to Gothenburg in Sweden to meet his love Charlotte Von Schedvin because he didn't have enough money. They married and have 2 children.

13. In 2016, a 91-year-old woman filled out a crossword that turned out to be $116,000 artwork in a German museum.

14. Different dolphin species will attempt to speak a 'common language'. When Bottlenose and Guyana dolphins come together in the waters near Costa Rica they change the way they communicate and begin using an intermediate language.

15. Edward Bernays manipulated the fashion industry to make green the "in" color in 1934 just to sell more Lucky Strike cigarettes. He is also the man who made Bacon & Eggs a typical American breakfast!

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In 1168 A.D., Fustat, the then-capital of Egypt was ordered to be burnt to the ground by its own vizier to stop it from falling into the hands of the crusaders.

17. Some of the first US spy satellites (Corona satellites) took imagery on 70-millimeter film, which was recovered by dropping huge film canisters from space and catching them mid-air by a passing US Air Force plane.

18. Twenty babies born in Britain since the World War 2 have been named Adolf.

19. Warranty void stickers have no legal standing in the US thanks to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act.

20. The backstory of Casper the Friendly Ghost is that he was a young adolescent who went sledding all day and died of pneumonia.

21Richard Nixon

The US Senate used the same gavel for 165 years until Richard Nixon cracked it.

22. Vincent Van Gogh didn't start to paint until the age of 28 and only started drawing at the age of 26. In the 9 years, until his death at 37, he painted over 800 paintings.

23. A French colony in Texas was wiped out by Karankawa Native Americans in 1688. Four surviving children of the colonists were adopted by the tribe.

24. In 2011, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed an order making beer an alcoholic drink. The law went into effect on Jan 1st, 2013. Before this, any drink under 10% alcohol was considered a soft drink.

25. After the Burning Man Festival, a cleaning crew combs through the grounds to clean up “MOOP” or trash as small as single hairs from wigs in order to pass a federal inspection.


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