1. A Marine horse named “Reckless” carried 9000 lbs of ammo on her own during one battle in Korea, received 2 purple hearts, and was promoted to Staff Sergeant with a 19 gun salute. – Source

2. Milky Way has several “satellite galaxies”, smaller galaxies that orbit our galaxy like moons to a planet. – Source

3. Nick Offerman (Ron Swanson in Parks & Rec) used his woodworking skills to build a wooden gazebo for the Japan House of his alma mater (Urbana-Champaign). – Source

4. During the filming of “Blazing Saddles,” a man walked into a scene of the movie, who wasn’t part of the cast or crew, but director, Mel Brooks decided to leave him in the movie for comical effect. – Source

5. LSD cured a holocaust survivor of Auschwitz’s PTSD and allowed him to sleep for the first time in 30 years without nightmares. – Source

6. The CGI Empire State Building from Peter Jackson’s “King Kong” took 18 months to create. The real building only took 14 months. – Source

7. Nearly 60% of American college students are female; every state but Utah has more women than men in college. – Source

8. Syphilis been called the French disease in Italy, Poland, and Germany and the “Italian disease” in France. The Dutch called it the “Spanish disease”, the Russians called it the “Polish disease”, the Turks called it the “Christian disease” and the Tahitians the “British disease”. – Source

9. President Andrew Jackson told Vice President John Calhoun “If you secede from my nation I will secede your head from the rest of your body” when South Carolina tried to nullify federal law in 1832. – Source

10. The popular candy coated chocolate known as Smarties in the rest of the world is not sold in the United States. Instead, in the States, the smarties name rights is owned by the Smarties Candy Company, producers of the tablet candy “Smarties” (a.k.a. Rockets). – Source

11. Sir Richard Branson dislikes the formality of neck ties so much that he often carries around a pair of scissors with him, ready to cut the ties off of unsuspecting tie wearers. He even has a cushion that he keeps at his home on Necker Island made up from the ties of some of his victims. – Source

12. Mammals that live in urban areas have proportionally larger brains compared to those of the same species in rural areas. – Source

13. Scorpion venom is the most expensive liquid on earth at $38,858,507.46 per gallon far surpassing Thailand cobra venom, which is $152,835.82 a gallon. – Source

14. Due to lack of funds, Pablo Picasso’s The Old Guitarist was painted over another painting of a woman in a field nursing a child next to a sheep and a bull. – Source

15. During the First Opium War of 1839, 19,000 British troops fought against 200,000 Chinese. The Chinese had 20,000 casualties, the British just 69. The war marked the start of the “Century of Humiliation” in China. – Source

16. There is a large area over central South America where the Earth’s magnetic field has weakened. This is known as South Atlantic Anomaly. It is so large that NASA powers down it’s satellites when passing over it. – Source

17. Ordinary Scotch tape produces a glowing blue light where the end of the tape is being pulled away from the roll. In 1953, Soviet scientists first observed that unpeeling a roll of tape in a vacuum produced X-rays.- Source

18. Arab inventor al-Jazari created several humanoid robots in the 1200s, including a drink-serving “waitress”, a hand-washing automaton, and a programmable music-playing robot band. – Source

19. A pigment called gamboge requires large amounts of resin to be collected in a bamboo cane where it remains (sometimes for years) until the paste solidifies. It also gives you bad diarrhea. – Source

20. The costume design for The Lord of the Rings was so extensive that some members of the crew wore off their fingerprints while assembling the almost 12.5 million metal rings into chainmail. – Source

21. During the parade of nations at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, Greece always enters the stadium first due to its status as the birthplace of the Olympics. – Source

22. A JFK assassination witness claimed to see a suspicious unidentified man standing in the window of the school book depository, who later fled the scene. His testimony was ignored, he was intimidated several times, and there were several attempts on his life. – Source

23. Two Viking ships found in Estonia may push back the start of the Viking age by as much as a hundred years. – Source

24. A 1913, a survey of U.S. children working under difficult conditions in factories found that 412 out of 500 would rather work in sweatshops than the “monotony, humiliation, and cruelty” of school. – Source

25. On Nov 12, 2016, an American man was detained for flying a drone over Taj Mahal. – Source

26. Unlike the United States, corned beef and cabbage is a rare dish in Ireland and never eaten on St. Patrick’s Day! – Source

27. There was once a breed of dog called turnspit dogs, whose sole purpose was to run on a wheel that turned meat to cook it evenly. The wheel was put high on the wall, to keep the dogs from overheating due to the nearby fire. – Source

28. “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” was written by Freddie Mercury in 10 minutes as a tribute to Elvis Presley. – Source

29. Turkey participated in the Korean war, despite not having any political conflicts during the cold war.Neverthelesss; they sent soldiers to help the U.S. because they desperately wanted to be a member of the NATO and their previous membership requests were denied. – Source

30. The British Secret Service really can issue a “license to kill”. It’s called a Class Seven authorization and must be approved by the MI6 agent’s superiors all the way up to the Foreign Minister. – Source

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Last Update: May 20, 2024