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Christopher Columbus was thrown in jail upon his return to Spain for mistreating the native population of Hispaniola.

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Hitler used an arson attack on the German parliament to justify taking away most civil liberties in Germany, including habeas corpus, freedom of expression, freedom of the press, the right of free association, public assembly and the secrecy of the post and telephone.

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The word "girl" was originally a gender neutral term for a child, and that boys were called "knave girls" and girls were called "gay girls".

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James Randi offered one million US dollars to anyone who could demonstrate supernatural or paranormal ability. The offer lasted for over 50 years and no one was successfully able to claim it.

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The longest war in recorded history lasted 335 years and 19 days. It was between the Dutch and the Isles of Scilly, there were no casualties, and the Dutch actually forgot about the conflict until a Scilly historian contacted them about it in 1985. A treaty was signed between them in 1986.

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Shooting free throws in basketball underhanded, or "granny style," is statistically more effective, but players don't do it because it doesn't look cool.

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Up until she was 8 years old, Liv Tyler believed her biological father was rock musician Todd Rundgren. It wasn't until she met Steven Tyler and noticed the resemblance between her and his other daughter Mia, that Liv's mother revealed the truth.

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Bomb-sniffing dogs will calmly sit when they smell explosive materials. They will never bark or paw at something they detect.

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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.

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Some of the first US spy 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.

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