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- A man named Roger Boisjoly and his colleagues attempted to stop Challenger from lifting off into space knowing that a disaster would happen, but ultimately failed. Source
- The first episode of an X-Files spin-off called “The Lone Gunmen,” which aired March 4, 2001, involves a US government conspiracy to hijack an airliner, fly it into the World Trade Center, and blame it on terrorists – thereby gaining support for a new profit-making war. Source
- The French Resistance cut the elevator cables to the Eiffel Tower to keep Hitler from visiting it during his visit when Paris fell. When faced with the prospect of climbing over 1500 stairs he opted out. Source
- After needing 13 liters of blood for a surgery at the age of 13, a man named James Harrison pledged to donate blood once he turned 18. It was discovered that his blood contained a rare antigen which cured Rhesus disease. He has donated blood a record 1,000 times and saved 2,000,000 lives. Source
- On average, a disposable diaper can hold up to 7 pounds of liquid.
- There is an ATM in the Vatican that gives instructions in Latin, and is believed to be the only one in the world to do so. Source
- Most Americans' car horns beep in the key of F.
- In Germany it is not illegal to try to escape from prison because it’s basic human instinct to be free. Source
- In the early 1900s, a Kansas doctor performed over 16,000 procedures replacing impotent men’s testicles with goat testicles, believing it would not only restore their sexual virility, but also cure 27 other ailments, ranging from dementia to emphysema to flatulence. Source
- Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
- There is a sport called Banzai Skydiving. You throw the parachute out of the airplane first and then jump after it. Source
- 7% of Americans don't know the first 9 words of the American anthem, but know the first 7 of the Canadian anthem!
- In the 1980s, Pablo Escobar’s Medellin Cartel was spending $2,500 a month on rubber bands just to hold all their cash. Source
- In the 1970s the entire native population of an island in the Indian Ocean was forcibly removed to establish a naval base. The UK gov’t gave 14.5 million pounds in compensation to the residents, which equals 7,250 per person. They were moved to the Seychelles, which has an average per capital income of ~15k/yr. Source
- About 3000 years ago, most Egyptians died by the time they were 30!
- When elected President of the United States, George Washington was the owner and operator the largest whiskey distillery in the country. Source
- When Ernest Seton turned 21, his father charged him for all of the expenses associated with his childhood, including the fee for his delivery at birth. He paid the bill, but changed his name and never spoke to his father again. Source
- Hindu men believe(d) it to be unluckily to marry a third time. They could avoid misfortune by marrying a tree first. The tree ( his third wife ) was then burnt, freeing him to marry again.
- Human birth control pills work on gorillas.
- Bonobos, one of the closest relatives to humans, also have an inclination to share with other animals. But, they prefer to share their food with strangers before sharing with an animal they know well, in a bid to extend social interactions. They’ve learned to write in symbols to communicate, understand spoken language and learn tasks by watching. Source
- 10 percent of electricity in the US comes from "dismantled nuclear bombs, including Russian ones." Read More
- The first Canadian casualties in Afghanistan after 9/11 were caused by an American F-16 dropping a bomb on a Canadian military exercise. Source
- coins-ChiieChile printed a number of 50 peso coins in 2008 that misspelled the name of their country as “Chiie”. No one noticed until 2009, at which point the director of the Mint lost his job. Source
- In Britain, after the end of a TV show there’s a power surge demand of 3 Gigawatts in 5 minutes as 1.5m Kettles are put on – so much France sends 600 Megawatts of power. Source
- By the time Kim Peek passed away in 2009, he had perfectly memorized 12,000 books. One reason he was able to put away so many books is that he could read them two pages at once, one page with each eye. It is claimed Peek had an eidetic memory, or photographic memory, reportedly being able to recall 98 percent of everything he ever experienced in perfect detail. Source
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