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1. A man spent several years acting as the mate of a female whooping crane, sleeping, dancing, and building nests with her as part of an effort to save the species from extinction. It worked. – Source

2. Aldous Huxley, writer of ‘Brave New World’ asked for LSD in his deathbed, to which his wife complied. He died hallucinating. – Source

3. The flag of Nova Scotia was only officially adopted in 2013, after 155 years of use, when an 11 year-old girl researching a project realized that it had never been officially recognized in all that time. – Source

4. About 50% of all edits on Wikipedia are done by the 524 most active users. – Source

5. “The guy who wrote the first ‘On the internet, nobody knows you’re a dog” has made $50,000 USD from it. – Source

6. A guy named Seth Putnam wrote a song about how being in a coma was stupid, and soon after went into a coma himself. After he awoke, when asked how it felt to be in a coma he said, “It was just as f**king stupid as I wrote about in my song.” – Source

7. In 1996, a deranged man stormed into a New Zealand radio station, took the manager hostage and issued one demand – that the station play Rainbow Connection by Kermit the Frog. – Source

8. Liviu Librescu is a Romanian-born internationally renowned professor of aerospace engineering at Virginia Tech. He survived the holocaust. At age 76 he held the door of his classroom shut while a gunman attempted to enter it. Although shot 5 times, only 1 of his 23 students died that day. – Source

9. At the beginning of the song Roxane by The Police, during the intro, you can hear a strange piano chord, then Sting laughing. In fact, during the voice recording, Sting accidently sat on the piano just behind him. They decided to keep this on the final mix. – Source

10. The license plate of Agent Smith’s car in the Matrix Reloaded is “IS 5416”. It references to Isaiah 54:16, which states “Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have the waster to destroy.” – Source

 

 

11. Maximilian Kolbe was a Polish priest who volunteered to die in the place of a man in Auschwitz after he overheard him cry out for his wife and children. The man he saved, Mr. Gajowniczek, died in 1995 at the age of 93. – Source

12. Sega was actually an American company that started in Hawaii and moved to Japan to distribute coin-operated jukeboxes, games, and slot machines to military installations. – Source

13. Aitzaz Hasan, 15-year-old Pakistani boy, died when he bravely confronted a suicide bomber walking towards his school which resulted in early detonation of the bomb. His action saved the lives of hundreds of students. – Source

14. A man named Walter Summerford was struck by lightning three times in his life. After his death, his gravestone was also struck. – Source

15. Every sweater that Mr. Rogers wore in Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood was hand-knit by his mother. – Source

16. In 2013, Norway had to close Brattli Tunnel because it was 27 tons of caramelized brown goat cheese caught fire.- Source

17. When asked about his thoughts on Ben Affleck playing Batman, George Clooney responded by saying “I am the least qualified person to comment on anyone playing the role of Batman since I so terribly destroyed the part.” – Source

18. The modern day “pirate accent” we know comes from Robert Newton’s portrayal of Long John Silver in the 1950 Disney adaptation of Treasure Island. Before that, there was no universal “pirate accent.” – Source

19. Beatles played a demo copy of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” before its release at full volume from an open apartment window at 6AM. Instead of complaining, the residents opened their windows and listened, aware they were hearing unreleased Beatles music. – Source

20. An officer of the California highway patrol,Sgt. Kevin Briggs, has stopped more than 200 people from committing suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge. – Source

21. The fastest spinning neutron star known to man rotates at 716 complete rotations per second. – Source

22. Until late 1942, it was common for German U-boats to provide torpedoed survivors with food, water, and the direction of the nearest landmass. This ended when a U-boat towing lifeboats and flying the Red Cross flag was attacked by a US bomber. – Source

23. There is a sausage restaurant in Regensburg, Germany which has been in business for 900 years. That means they were selling sausages well before the Inca Empire existed and are still serving 6,000 sausages a day. – Source

24. The highest observed temperature in the universe was briefly seen at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. The recorded temperature was 7.2 trillion degrees Fahrenheit. – Source

25. During WW2, when the Russians retreated they usually destroyed most buildings suitable for command posts. However, they would often leave some large buildings intact, but only after lining the buildings with time bombs set to explode weeks later – to destroy entire German headquarters at once. – Source

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