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20 MORE KICKASS FACTS WITH KICKASS SOURCES – ENTERTAIN YOUR BRAIN

 

2375 Standard Oil plant-The “Loony Gas Building” was the name given to an old Standard Oil plant in 1924 after every single man who worked there was hospitalized for insanity, 5 of which died. The plant was manufacturing a new, breakthrough product: leaded gasoline additive.

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2376 Carrie Fisher-Carrie Fisher admitted that she found it difficult to act across from Peter Cushing (Grand Moff Tarkin) in Star Wars because Cushing was so nice and polite to her on set between takes that it was hard to show disdain towards him.

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2377 Tunneling Robbers-In 2005, a gang of thieves rented a house in Brazil posing as an AstroTurf company, but really intended to rob a nearby bank. It took them three months of tunneling 80 meters underground for two blocks before they reached the vault. They walked off with 20,000lbs of cash worth $65 million.

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2378 Nestlé-When Nestlé declined an offer to watch his film about the exploitation of African children to harvest chocolate, director Miki Mistrati set up a large screen next to their headquarters and played it there.

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2379 Reggie Harding-When a 7 feet NBA player named Reggie Harding attempted to rob a Detroit gas station with a mask, the attendant said “I know it’s you, Reggie”, to which he replied “No, man, it ain’t me.”

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2380 Paragliders-In 2007, while practicing for a paragliding contest in Australia, two paragliders were sucked into a thunderstorm during practice. The updraft was so powerful that one pilot was sucked up to 19,000 feet and killed by a lightning strike. The pilot of the second glider passed out from the altitude, but woke up still airborne and covered in ice.

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2371 1.5 million balloons-In 1986 the United Way released 1.5 million balloons in Cleveland as a publicity stunt. It clogged the land and waterways of Northeast Ohio, shut down an airport runway, and forced the Coast Guard to suspend a search and rescue of 2 men who ended up drowning.

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2372 Conflict Kitchen-There is a restaurant in Pittsburgh, the Conflict Kitchen, that only serves cuisines from countries that the US is in conflict with. When they started serving Palestinian food, they received death threats.

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2373 Teddy RooseveltTheodore Roosevelt volunteered for service in World War I 10 years after having served as U.S. president.

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2374 Doug Hegdahl-POW during the Vietnam War, Doug Hegdahl pretended to be illiterate to fool his captors, who believed him to be so stupid that they gave him almost free rein of the camp. He was able to secretly memorize the details of about 256 POWs to the tune of “Old MacDonald,” which he still remembers.

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2366 Russell Crowe-After discovering his hotel alias, Michael Jackson used to prank call Russell Crowe and say things like “Is Mr. Wall there? Is Mrs. Wall there? Are there any Walls there? Then what's holding the roof up?”

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2367 Quaranta-During the Black Death, incoming ships were forced to wait for 40 days to prevent possible infection. The Italian word for 40, “quaranta”, is where we get the word “quarantine.”

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2368 Florida Oldest Tree-In 2012, a Florida woman accidentally burned down a 3500 year old cypress tree, the 5th oldest in the country, because she was smoking meth under it and lit a fire so that she could see her meth better.

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2369 Mary-Kate Olsen-Mary-Kate Olsen refused to speak to authorities about the death of Heath Ledger without the promise of legal immunity.

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2370 Quentin Tarantino-Quentin Tarantino wants to stop making films when he is around 60 years old (he is currently 52) because he doesn’t want to “fuck up his filmography with a bunch of old-man stuff.”

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2361 Arwen, Galadriel, Éowyn-In the entire Lord of the Rings film trilogy, no two female characters ever speak to each other.

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2362 Farting POWs-Some WWII POWs in Japan, would keep their morale up and defy guards by holding in their farts until they were made to bow to a portrait of Emperor Hirohito. At the lowest point of their bow, they would let loose.

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2363 Vasili Arkhipov-Russian navy officer, Vasili Arkhipov, opposed his commanding officer's decision to launch a nuclear torpedo in response to US practice depth charges during the Cuban Missile Crisis, thus averting a nuclear war and saving the world.

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2364 Pickled ginger-The pickled ginger served with most sushi is meant to cleanse your palate between different pieces and can be offensive to the chef if used as a topping.

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2365 Apollo 11-When Apollo 11 landed on the moon, it only had about 25 seconds of fuel left for the decent.

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