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Street dogs in several cities around the world have learned to efficiently navigate human traffic, using crosswalks, following street lights, and even using public transport.

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Soon after Bill Gates had gone to start Microsoft, a Harvard professor who had worked with him recalled, "He had moved to Albuquerque... to run a small company writing code for microprocessors, of all things. I remember thinking: 'Such a brilliant kid. What a waste.’"

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The philosopher William James experienced great depression due to the notion that free will is an illusion. He brought himself out of it by realizing, since nobody seemed able to prove whether it was real or not, that he could simply choose to believe it was.

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Former Prime Minister of Australia Bob Hawke had a serious accident at 17. This near-death experience acted as his catharsis, driving him to make the most of his talents and not let his abilities go to waste. Later he set a world record by drinking 1.4 liters of beer in 11 seconds.

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Laurence Tureaud named himself professionally as Mr. T because he hated how his father, uncle, and brother who returned from Vietnam, were disrespectfully called "boy" by whites. He wanted the first word from everybody's mouth to be "Mister" when speaking to him.

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Tibor Rubin survived the Holocaust, fought for the US Army during the Korean War, became a POW, and had to wait 55 years to receive his Medal of Honor, all because his sergeant was an anti-Semite.

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In Victorian London, mail was delivered to homes 12 times a day. "Return of post" was a commonly used phrase for requesting an immediate response to be mailed at the next scheduled delivery. It was quite common for people to complain if a letter didn't arrive within a few hours.

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Mindscape, The Game Dev company that developed Lego Island, fired their Dev team the day before release, so that they wouldn't have to pay them bonuses.

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To avoid traumatic brain injury, woodpecker's tongues wrap around their skulls in a small empty cavity, which helps to cushion the blows.

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On 22nd January 1943, the temperature at Spearfish (South Dakota) rose 27°C in just 2 minutes from -20°C to 7°C, then plummeted back from 12°C to -20 °C over a 27 minute period causing windows to crack.

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