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50 Amazing Facts (For People Who Enjoy Amazing Facts)

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Dr. Ruth was trained as a sniper by the Israel Defense Forces.

Dr. Ruth was trained as a sniper by the Israel Defense Forces.

1. In 1943, Philip Morris ran an ad acknowledging “smokers’ cough.” They claimed it was caused by smoking brands other than Philip Morris.

2. In the 1970s, Mattel sold a doll called “Growing Up Skipper.” Her breasts grew when her arm was turned.

3. Michael Jackson’s 1988 autobiography Moonwalk was edited by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

4. Kit Kat flavors available in Japan include wine, sweet potato, wasabi, and soy sauce.

5. Only female mosquitoes will bite you.

6. At the 2010 Grammy Awards, Taylor Swift won more Grammys (4) than Elvis did his entire career (3).

7. At Fatburger, you can order a “Hypocrite”—a veggie burger topped with crispy strips of bacon.

8. Dr. Ruth was trained as a sniper by the Israeli military.

9. In 1999, Furbies were banned from the National Security Agency’s Maryland headquarters because it was feared the toys might repeat national security secrets.

10. Before a 1993 playoff game, an Illinois high school football coach faked being shot in a bizarre attempt to motivate his team.

11. Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for voting in the 1872 election. She voted for Ulysses S. Grant. She never paid the fine.

12. Kool-Aid was originally marketed as “Fruit Smack.”

13. In 2008, The Little Tikes Company sold 457,000 Cozy Coupes, making it the best-selling car in America.

14. Matthew McConaughey, Cheryl Hines and Daniel Dae Kim all appeared in reenactments on episodes of Unsolved Mysteries.

15. The archerfish knocks its insect prey out of over-hanging branches with a stream of spit.

16. When Woodrow Wilson married Edith Galt, the real Chef Boyardee (Hector Boiardi) catered the event.

17. There really was a Captain Morgan. He was a Welsh pirate who later became the lieutenant governor of Jamaica.

18. The 3 Musketeers bar was originally split into three pieces with three different flavors: vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. When the other flavors became harder to come by during WWII, Mars decided to go all chocolate.

19. Bear Bryant was once asked to contribute $10 to help pay for a sportswriter’s funeral. According to legend, he said, “Here’s a twenty, bury two.”

20. In 1980, C-3PO and R2-D2 visited Sesame Street. They played games, sang songs, and R2-D2 fell in love with a fire hydrant.

21. Dr. Thomas Harvey removed Einstein’s brain during his autopsy. For 30 years, Harvey kept it in two mason jars in his Wichita home.

22. In 1961, Martha Stewart was selected as one of Glamour magazine’s “Ten Best-Dressed College Girls.”

23. An Oscar Statuette (8.5 pounds) weighs more than a Vince Lombardi Trophy (about 7 pounds).

24. As part of David Hasselhoff’s divorce settlement, he kept possession of the nickname “Hoff” and the catchphrase “Don’t Hassle the Hoff.”

25. “Jay” used to be slang for “foolish person.” So when a pedestrian ignored street signs, he was referred to as a “jaywalker.”

26. On the 2001 New Zealand census, 53,715 people listed their religion as “Jedi.”

27. The string on boxes of animal crackers was originally placed there so the container could be hung from a Christmas tree.

28. When Milton Bradley introduced Twister in 1966, critics denounced the game as “sex in a box.”

29. Green bean casserole dates back to 1955, when a chef named Dorcas Reilly created it for a cookbook designed to promote Campbell’s products.

30. Carly Simon’s dad is the “Simon” of Simon and Schuster. He co-founded the company.

31. M&M’s actually stands for “Mars & Murrie’s,” the candy’s founders—Forrest Mars Sr. & William F. R. Murrie.

32. Alaska is the only state that can be typed on one row of keys. (Go ahead and try typing the other 49 states. We’ll wait.)

33. While they were in the White House, John & Abigail Adams had dogs named Satan & Juno.

34. Johnny Cash’s “A Boy Named Sue” was penned by Shel Silverstein, the beloved children’s book author who wrote Where the Sidewalk Ends.

35. There’s no better school nickname than the Arkansas School for the Deaf Leopards.

36. Why did the FBI call Ted Kaczynski “The Unabomber”? Because his early mail bombs were sent to universities (UN) & airlines (A).

37. That thing you use to dot your lowercase “i” is called a tittle.

38. There was a long-lost fourth member of the Snap/Crackle/Pop gang. “Pow” represented Rice Krispies’ explosive nutritional value.

39. In the 1930s, Admiral Byrd brought 2½ tons of NECCO Wafers to the South Pole for his men during their two-year stay.

40. The only number whose letters are in alphabetical order is 40 (f-o-r-t-y).

41. The prolific Alan Thicke wrote the theme songs to The Facts of Life and Diff’rent Strokes.

42. According to Crayola, the average kid wears out about 730 crayons by his or her 10th birthday.

43. Male students at Brigham Young University need a doctor’s note to grow a beard.

44. In 1991, Wayne Allwine, the voice of Mickey Mouse, married Russi Taylor—the voice of Minnie.

45. The sum of all the numbers on a roulette wheel is 666.

46. The Vatican Bank is the world’s only bank that allows ATM users to perform transactions in Latin.

47. Utah’s State Bird is the California Seagull.

48. After leaving office, Ronald Reagan was offered a role in Back to the Future III. (He declined.)

49. The Comic Book Guy on The Simpsons has a name—it’s Jeff Albertson. But that wasn’t the decision of creator Matt Groening. “I was out of the room when [the writers] named him,” he told MTV in 2007. “In my mind, ‘Louis Lane’ was his name, and he was obsessed and tormented by Lois Lane.”

50. The Procrastinators’ Club of America newsletter is called “Last Month’s Newsletter.”

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Interesting Facts About The Breakfast Club

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1. The film’s gut-wrenching heart-to-heart, where all five kids spill deep, dark secrets, was ad-libbed.

2. The movie was initially conceived of as a franchise-starter, with subsequent entries “checking in” on the characters.

3. A dream sequence, in which Allison (Ally Sheedy) imagines Andrew as a gluttonous Viking, Bender as a prisoner, Claire as a bride, Brian as an astronaut, and herself as a vampire, was cut from the final version.

4. Another scene, that featured a pair of high school teachers–Dr. Lange, a social studies teacher, and gym teacher Robin–was also chopped from the final version.

5. As a student, Carl the janitor was Shermer High’s ‘Man of the Year.’

6. Rick Moranis was originally cast as the janitor, but was replaced due to “creative differences” (he wanted to play the part as an over-the-top Russian stereotype). The role was ultimately played by John Kapelos.

7. The film was rehearsed in a manner more similar to that of stage plays.

8. Emilio Estevez was originally slated to play Bender, but Hughes couldn’t find anyone else who was right for the Andrew role, so Estevez ultimately switched and the Bender gig went to Judd Nelson.

9. Similarly, Molly Ringwald was first asked to play Allison, but she wanted the Claire (named “Cathy” in the first draft of the script) role. Hughes eventually let her have it.

10. Other actresses that could have played Claire? Robin Wright, Jodie Foster, and Laura Dern, who all auditioned for the part.

11. Anthony Michael Hall’s mother and sister appear as his character’s mother and sister in the beginning of the film.

12. Another parent to look out for? Hughes, who had a cameo role as Brian’s father at the end of the film.

13. Brat Pack members Sheedy, Estevez, and Nelson starred (as college graduates) in St. Elmo’s Fire the same year that The Breakfast Club hit theaters.

14. Allison’s dandruff, which she sprinkles to “make it snow,” was made of Parmesan cheese.

15. John Cusack was also considered for the role of Bender, as was Nicolas Cage.

16. Like a number of other Hughes films, including Weird ScienceFerris Bueller’s Day OffSixteen CandlesPretty in Pink, and National Lampoon’s Vacation, the film is set in the fictional Chicago suburb of Shermer, Illinois.

17. Judd Nelson was the oldest cast member at the time of filming; he was 26.

18. Sheedy doesn’t speak for the first 33 minutes of the film.

19. As an end-of-filming present, Hughes gave each actor a piece of the “library’s” banister.

20. Hughes had planned for The Breakfast Club to be his directorial debut, but the studio went for Sixteen Candles first.

21. Brian’s social security number, as filched by Allison, indicates that he was born in Connecticut.

22. The marijuana the kids smoke in the film was actually oregano.

reposted from Mental_Floss

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25 Fun Facts About Taco Bell

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Guess what Al Capone’s brother did for work

Al Capone may be known for dealing in illegal booze and organized crime, but his brother Vincent Capone was a cop in Homer, Nebraska. Apparently he was a really good at his job too. His backstory is pretty interesting if you have some time. Read more here.

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Books about Al Capone and his family can be found here.

Strange facts

A collection of odd facts that would give Cliff Clavin a boner.

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