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4211-katy-perry-Katy Perry’s parents wouldn’t let her eat Lucky Charms as a child, because the word “luck” was considered satanic.

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4212-otto-skorzeny-Otto Skorzeny, a Lt. Colonel in Hitler’s SS was once called “the most dangerous man in Europe” by Allied intelligence. His most famous exploit was his rescue of Mussolini from Allied captivity in a daring mountaintop raid with paratroopers to help prolong Italian assistance to the Axis. Years after the war, Skorzeny became an agent for the Israeli Mossad and assassinated an ex-Nazi rocket scientist.

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4213-bic-pens-The BIC Cristal ballpoint pen was first sold in the US in 1959 for $0.19. It is still sold for approximately $0.19 even with inflation.

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4214-fda-drugs-An U.S. FDA study showed 90% of more than 100 drugs, prescription and over-the-counter, “were perfectly good to use even 15 years after the expiration date.” The U.S. military saved $260 million in five years by not discarding expired drugs.

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4215-good-night-and-good-luck-A complaint among test audiences for the film ‘Good Night and Good Luck’, was that the actor playing Joseph McCarthy was too over the top and wasn’t believable, not realizing that the film used actual archive footage of McCarthy himself.

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4216-roddy-piper-WWE Hall of Famer “Rowdy” Roddy Piper broke down in Mickey Rourke’s arms after watching a screening of ‘The Wrestler’, due to the film’s accurate portrayal of the lives many older and independent professional wrestlers live.

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4217-cuba-baseball-In the 1960’s, US spy planes were taking photos of Cuba. Those who analyzed them noticed something peculiar. They were building soccer fields. Cubans didn’t like soccer, they liked baseball. Russians liked soccer. This is how the Cuban Missile Crisis started.

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4218-victorinox-Victorinox, the maker of the iconic Swiss Army knife, lost over 40% of its business after 9/11. The company refused to lay off any employees.

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4219-christopher-lee-Christopher Lee not only was a huge Tolkien fan as far back as when the books were written but he actively shaped his career so that he could play a wizard when the films were eventually made.

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4220-criminal-slavery-The Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution abolished slavery except as a form of punishment for crimes.

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