When female aphids are born, they are already pregnant with their own embryos. This is called Telescoping Generations, in which a grandmother technically gives birth to the next two generations at once.
2. After the entire national Soviet hockey team was killed in an airplane crash in 1950, Stalin’s son Vasily, the manager of the team, covered up the disaster and replaced everyone on the team to avoid his father’s wrath. Stalin never noticed.
3. During the Battle of the Bulge, an American paratrooper named Vincent Speranza filled his helmet with beer from a destroyed pub and brought it to wounded soldiers in a nearby church. The story of him doing this is so famous in Bastogne that they have a local beer brand in his honor.
4. Jazz musician Billy Tipton decided to pass as a man to help her jazz career. She tricked almost everyone she knew for 53 years, convincing 5 wives (at least two of whom she had sex with) and 3 children that she was a man.
5. After World War 2, a Czech Nurse was honored for sleeping with Nazi soldiers to give them STDs and kill them. She used to work in a local hospital and decided to get revenge on the Nazi invaders after she was raped shortly after the occupation of her town in 1938.
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7. Violet Jessop worked as a stewardess/nurse aboard the Titanic and Britannic when they sank as well as on the Olympic when it collided with another ship. She survived all three incidents.
8. Nostradamus wrote a cookbook that contained a recipe for "love jam" so powerful it would instantly persuade two people tasting it to have sex.
9. NASA estimates that the value of minerals in the asteroid belt exceeds $600,000,000,000,000,000,000. That’s nearly $100 billion per person alive.
10. To combat brood parasites, Superb Fairy Wrens teach their young in the egg a password they must sing to get food.
In 1923, jockey Frank Hayes won a race at Belmont Park in New York despite being dead. He was the first and thus far the only jockey is known to have won a race after death.
12. Sword-billed Hummingbirds are the only birds with a bill longer than their body.
13. The shortest war in history was fought between the United Kingdom and Zanzibar in 1896 and lasted 38 to 45 minutes. At 09.02 British ships started a bombardment of the sultan's palace which ended at 09.40. 500 Zanzibaris were killed, but only one British sailor was injured.
14. Cherries are the only edible source of melatonin and consuming them daily can help you sleep better.
15. The Romans believed eyelashes fell out from excessive sex, so women would use cosmetics to make their eyelashes look fuller and longer to demonstrate their chastity.
William Penn was the founder of the Province of Pennsylvania and has a giant statue in Philadelphia atop the city hall. Sculptor Alexander Milne Calder wanted to make it look like Penn was watching over the city, but from the side, it looks like he has a hard on.
17. The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the "General Purpose" vehicle, G.P.
18. MP4 is a rock band consisting of four British parliamentarians.
19. The Mantis Shrimp can swing it's claw so fast it boils the water around it and creates a flash of light.
20. The Groom of the Stool was an English courtier who helped the king poop.
Konaki Sumo is a contest where sumo wrestlers compete to make babies cry.
22. During World War 2, the US military seriously considered strapping tiny bombs to Mexican Free-tailed Bats which would then be deployed over Japanese cities. The plan, called Project X-ray, was eventually abandoned, but not before a general's car was destroyed by explosive-laden bats.
23. In the German village of Fuggerei, the rent hasn’t been raised since 1520. It costs only 88 cents to live there for an entire year.
24. The Lizzie Borden murder house operates as a museum and bed & breakfast and you can spend the night there.
25. A con man named Victor Lustig sold the Eiffel Tower twice to a French scrap metal dealer.