Lola Montez was an Irish woman who passed herself off as Spanish, had affairs with Franz Liszt, Alexandre Dumas and the king of Bavaria (who made her Countess, triggering a popular uprising and his own abdication), and later lived in Australia and the US Far West, all before dying at 40.
27. Major Harold Hering was discharged from the Air Force in late 1973 for asking the question "How can I know that an order I receive to launch my (nuclear) missiles came from a sane president?" under Richard Nixon.
28. During the California Gold Rush, the distinct lack of women in San Fransisco caused the gay culture to flourish. Men would often pay for "female impersonators" to be prostitutes.
29. The highest-grossing Chinese film (The Mermaid) of all time is a romantic comedy about a playboy businessman who falls in love with a mermaid who was sent to assassinate him.
30. In Thailand, there is a prison program where prisoners fight foreign MMA fighters for their freedom. After winning 8 fights the prisoner is freed, if you lose a fight, you go back to general population where you never have a chance to fight again.
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Hawaiian singer Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's 1993 album Facing Future is the best-selling album of all time by a Hawaiian artist. His version of Over the Rainbow has been licensed for many films, TV shows, and commercials. The album reached platinum status in 2005.
32. When the Space Shuttle Columbia landed in White Sands, New Mexico in 1982, sand got everywhere. So much gypsum dust got into the spacecraft that sand kept coming out from nooks and crannies of Columbia for the next two decades.
33. In addition to Buckshot and Bird shot there is also Rat shot. It’s a small caliber bullet cartridge that can be loaded into handguns and rifles to be used as a low power shotgun round effective for killing small pests and birds without damaging buildings.