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61-aitzaz-hasan-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.

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62-harris-rosen-After millionaire Harris Rosen gave everyone in a Florida neighborhood free college scholarships and free daycare, crime rate was cut in half and high school graduation rate increased from 25% to 100%.

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63-chimpanzee-fashion-A Zambian chimpanzee has been observed wearing a piece of grass into her ear, with no apparent function. After other members of her group started imitating her, researchers realized to be in presence of the first fashion statement observed in other animals.

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64-cristiano-ronaldo-Cristiano Ronaldo funded the education of a 7 year-old survivor of the horrific 2004 tsunami in Indonesia. The boy was found 21 days after the disaster, alone and wearing a Portuguese national football team jersey. The boy grew up to be a football player and was signed by Sporting Lisbon last year.

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65-apology-act-In 2009 Canada passed the

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66-nicaraguan-deaf-language-When 50 deaf Nicaraguan children, who didn't know sign language, were put in a school together they developed their own sign language. Scientists are still studying the unique spontaneous appearance of language and its ongoing development and introduction of grammar.

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67-red-barn-Barns are painted red because red paint is cheap. The paint is cheap because iron is plentiful, and iron is plentiful because it is the final element formed out of a star's death.

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68-wild-weasel-The Air Force had a little known unit named Wild Weasel with the motto

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69-water-balloons-An inventor trying to make a sock to prevent trench foot first produced modern water balloons. Having made a latex-coated sock and filling it with water to test for leaks, he found a rip and angrily threw it on his table. Pleased with the splash, he decided to market water balloons for children.

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70-soviet-song-contest-The USSR had a televised song contest. Since few people had phones, viewers would turn their house lights ON if they liked a certain song (OFF if they didn’t). The state energy company recorded the size of each power spike and reported the results to the station to determine points for each contestant.

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