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291-Vera ralston-Hitler once asked 18-year-old figure skater and future actress Vera Ralston

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292-Learned helplessness-

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293-Hacker-A hacker who went by the code name

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294-Mozart-The Vatican had music which was forbidden to be copied and was only played twice per year. The piece was kept secret for almost 150 years until a 14-year-old Mozart listened to it and transcribed it from memory.

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295-Hot dog-The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council etiquette guide advises that any condiments remaining on your fingers should be licked away with the exception of ketchup, which has no business being on your hot dog at all if you are over 18.

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296-Huichol-Huichol Indian men tie ropes around their testicles when their wives are giving birth. When she feels a painful contraction, she tugs on the rope so her husband will share some of the pain as part of their child's entrance into the world.

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297-Sergeant bill-A goat called Sergeant Bill, who became a Canadian war hero during WWI when he head-butted three soldiers into a trench to avoid an exploding shell.

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298-Steve irwin-After the death of Steve Irwin, in what was speculated to be a series of revenge killings, at least ten stingrays were found dead and mutilated on the coast of Queensland.

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299-Dog-Due to the historically long bond between dogs and humans, dogs have evolved to understand human laughter.

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300-Peter lemon-Medal of Honor recipient Peter Lemon was stoned when he single-handedly fought off two rounds of Vietcong forces. During the first wave of attacks, he eliminating all but 1 of the enemy soldiers with hand grenades and killed the remaining one in hand-to-hand combat. Despite being wounded by grenade shrapnel, he then carried a wounded comrade to an aid station, and when he came back was wounded again by enemy fire. He continued to hurl hand grenades and engaging in hand-to-hand combat when he was wounded the third time. He then secured a machine gun and fired upon the enemy until he collapsed from his wounds and exhaustion. He still refused medical evacuation until his more seriously wounded comrades were evacuated.

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