1. Gangster John Dillinger reportedly once escaped from prison by carving a potato into the shape of a pistol.
  2. During the U.S. civil war, Union soldiers found a copy of the Confederates' plan for the Antietam campaign, yet still lost.
  3. Ten miles from the finish line, the winner of the men's marathon at the 1904 Summer Olympics was given strychnine sulfate, a common rat poison which stimulates the nervous system in small doses, mixed with brandy.
  4. In 1325, rival city-states Bologna and Modena went to war after Modenese soldiers stole a bucket from a well.
  5. Texas, New York and California all have economies bigger than Russia.
  6. Allied forces hired a makeup artist to draw sketches of Hitler in various disguises.
  7. Most Converse sneakers have a very thin layer of felt applied to their soles, in order to legally classify them as slippers. This saves the company more than 33% in import tariffs.
  8. George W. Bush named The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle as his favourite childhood book. It was published when he was 23 years old.
  9. French entertainer Michel Lotito ate a whole Cessna airplane and was awarded a bronze plaque by the Guinness Book of World Records. He was so honored that he ate the plaque.
  10. There's a monument to the laboratory mouse in Siberia, Russia.
  11. The "Eye Of The Tiger" song was created to be the theme for Rocky III because Queen wouldn't give Sylvester Stallone the rights to use "Another One Bites The Dust."
  12. There is a specific clause in The Simpsons' contract that the network can't give notes, make cuts or exert creative control over episodes, meaning the producers have free rein to poke fun of FOX itself.
  13. It takes ten times as much energy to
    heat water as it does to heat iron.
  14. Stephen Hawking was born exactly 300 years, to the day, after Galileo died.
  15. Nobody won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1914-1916, 1918, 1923, 1924, 1928, 1932, 1939-1943, 1948, 1955-1956, 1966-1967 and 1972.
  16. When the first McDonald's drive-through in Kuwait opened, the queue was seven miles long.
  17. 95% of people don't wash their hands long enough to kill germs before leaving a public toilet.
  18. In 2014, the International Space Station had to move 3 times in order to avoid being hit by space junk moving at 17,000 mph.
  19. Most people in the 18th century only had a proper wash twice a year.
  20. Avocados are toxic
    to horses.
  21. Airlines all over the world are flying 10% slower than they did in 1960 to save on fuel costs.
  22. In 1859, a moral panic swept America over young people playing too much chess.
  23. In French, Hungarian, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Latvian, Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, Montenegrin and Tagalog, the words for ‘time' and ‘weather' are the same.
  24. 75% of Americans dreamt almost always in black and white in 1940, while today is just 12%.
  25. There are about 459 "cancer villages" in China, small communities near polluting factories where cancer rates have soared far above the national average.
  26. Using your non-dominant hand for mundane tasks, like eating or opening doors, for two weeks can improve your self-control.
  27. Heartbroken that, for days, he was unaware of his wife's death, Samuel Morse decided to explore a means of rapid long distance communication and ended up inventing the single-wire telegraph and the Morse Code.
  28. Wilmer Valderrama purchased the Vista Cruiser used on "That '70s Show" for $500 when the series ended.
  29. When a North Korean merchant vessel was attacked by Somali pirates in 2007, an American destroyer came to their aid. This event led to rare pro U.S. statements from the North Korean media.
  30. Michael Jackson's estate continues to allocate 20% of his posthumous earnings to various charities, as specified in his will.
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