Actor Cary Grant experimented with LSD in the late 1950s an estimated 100 times and stated that it was the solution after many years of "searching for his peace of mind", and that for the first time in his life he was "truly, deeply and honestly happy."
27. Jordan Peele decided to make "Us" a full-on horror film due to people being generally confused over the genre of "Get Out."
28. In 1745, a British soldier named Hannah Snell joined the British Army by disguising herself as a man. She managed to keep her gender a secret even though she received 500 lashes and was shot in the groin. After her service, she revealed her identity and was eventually awarded a military pension.
29. Tumbleweeds, an iconic symbol of the old West, are actually an invasive species and didn't arrive until the late 1800s.
30. Chiggers don't actually bite or burrow but rather drill holes into our skin and then excrete enzymes that break the skin down into a liquid mixture. Then they slurp up the mixture through a hardened skin cell straw. They basically make skin frappes out of us.
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American founding father George Wythe was poisoned by his great-nephew, George Sweeney. Even though Wythe's black housekeeper provided evidence against Sweeney, it was thrown out in court because a black person could not legally testify against a white person, and Sweeney went free.
32. In ancient China, a huge war was sparked because of a board game gone wrong. The crown prince was arguing with his cousin, the son of a regional king, during a match of a game called Liubo, and when his cousin offended him, he threw the board at him. He died from the blow. His father revolted.
33. Because of the actions of Bob Hawke and Michel Rocard, Antarctica has been protected from all drilling and mining since 1991. This protection banned these practices for fifty years, establishing Antarctica as a “natural reserve, devoted to peace and science.”
34. Deus ex machina (God from the machine) is a plot device whereby a seemingly unsolvable problem in a story is suddenly and abruptly resolved by an unexpected and seemingly unlikely occurrence. H.G. Wells used it in War of the Worlds to kill the Martians with bacteria.
35. Welles Crowther a.k.a. “The Man in the Red Bandana” was an equities trader who is credited with saving as many as 18 people in the south tower during the 9/11 attacks, before losing his own life in the collapse. Every year his Alma Mater Boston College honors him during a football game by wearing red bandanas.
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37. In the 60s Zambia planned to send "Afronauts" to land on Mars and the Moon. The Mars mission was planned to send a 'spacegirl', two cats and a missionary to convert the Martians to Christianity.