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PicFacts 2501-3000

2993 Newborn-Newborn babies when left to lie on their mother’s stomach for the first hour will crawl up and attach to their mom’s nipple without assistance. They are attracted to the nipple’s smell which is similar to that of amniotic fluid.

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2994 Japanese Bonsai-In 1976, Japan donated 53 bonsai trees to the US for its bicentennial, including a white pine that had been tended daily since 1625 and survived the Hiroshima atomic blast. Its history was unknown until 2001, when two brothers showed up at the museum to check on their grandfather’s tree.

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2995 Charles D. B. King-The Guinness Book of Records recognizes the presidential election of 1927 in Liberia as the most fraudulent election reported in history. Although there were only 15,000 registered voters in Liberia at the time, Charles D. B. King, received 234,000 votes and won.

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2996 Hitler Skull-The skull that Russians kept as evidence of Hitler’s death is actually the skull of a woman.

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2997 Leonard Nimoy-Leonard Nimoy’s funeral was free of Westboro Baptist church protesters because they couldn’t figure out the location.

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2998 US President-The most dangerous job in America is being President. Over 9% have been killed in office. The next highest on-the-job death rate is loggers, at 0.13%.

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2999 Oompa Loompas-The producers for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory had a hard time finding enough little people for the role of Oompa Loompas because the movie was filmed in West Germany and Nazis had killed so many of them in WW2.

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3000 Classical Chinese-To show how Classical Chinese had become an impractical language, linguist Chao Yuen Ren wrote a 92-character poem in which every syllable has the sound “shi.” The poem “Shī Shì shí shī shǐ” translates to “Lion-Eating Poet in the Stone Den.”

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2991 Rebecca Ferguson-Rebecca Ferguson bears a striking resemblance to fellow Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman. Ferguson’s character in the film Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation is named Ilsa Faust. This is a reference to Bergman’s character, Ilsa Lund from Casablanca (1942), a European star-crossed lover who falls for an American, and the German legend Faust, where the title character makes an ill-fated deal with the devil. Both characters foreshadow Ilsa Faust’s role in the film. “Rogue Nation” also has a sequence set in Casablanca with Ferguson in it. Tom Cruise’s first celebrity crush was Ingrid Bergman in Notorious (1946).

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2992 James Robinson-When James Robinson’s Charlie battalion came under fire from 400-men strong Vietcong battalion, he ran around the battlefield killing snipers with a grenade launcher, rescuing wounded medics and soldiers (suffering multiple gunshot wounds), and distributing water and ammunition. When an enemy machine gun opened fire on them, Robinson charged the gunner with a grenade in each hand. He was shot in the leg with a tracer round, causing his pants to catch fire. He tore his pants off and continued charging the gunner. He was shot twice more in the chest(5 total bullet wounds), but managed to hurl a grenade at the gunner’s nest. He received Medal of Honor posthumously.

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