Microbiologist Raul Cano successfully revived yeast that had been stuck in amber for 25 million years. He then co-founded a brewery that uses the same 45 million-year-old species of yeast to brew beer.
27. When the Lenni Lenape Indians agreed to give the amount of land that a man could walk in 36 hours to Pennsylvania, the governor hired a team of fast runners, resulting in Pennsylvania taking an area of 1,200,932 acres.
28. Jack Lucas joined the Marines at 13 to fight in World War 2, survived a blast after jumping on two grenades to save his team, and later survived a free fall from an airplane after both of his parachutes failed.
29. The word Ignorant is describing a person in the state of being unaware and is often (incorrectly) used to describe individuals who deliberately ignore or disregard the information.
30. Philippe Petit, then a 24-year-old French high-wire artist, illegally high-wire walked between the Twin Towers 8 times over 45 minutes in 1974. Charges were dropped after he performed for kids in Central Park.
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Beethoven was once challenged to an improvisation contest by a famous pianist named Daniel Steibelt. Beethoven took the piece Steibelt's music was written on, turned it upside down, played it, then improvised on that and mocked Daniel through his own music. Daniel left halfway through.
32. The origin of the word "decimate" as we use it today came from the Roman military practice of punishing groups of soldiers by executing every 10th man.
33. In 2006, the makers of Listerine sued the makers of Crest for saying that four out of five dentists recommended Crest mouthwash. They claimed that the 269 dentists surveyed were each paid $75 for participating.
34. The "Byzantine Empire" is a historiographical term "created after the end of the realm; its citizens continued to refer to their empire as the Roman Empire".
35. The first stapler was made in the 18th-century for King Louis XV and each staple was inscribed with the insignia of the royal court.
In 2015, California highway patrol Officer Norem responded to a call about a suicidal man trying to jump over the overpass fence into the traffic below. Noren grabbed the guy's leg and refused to let him go - even when the suicidal man took out a knife and stabbed Norem several times. He still held on until help arrived.
37. It was illegal for black people to move to Oregon until 1926.
38. As a commander in the Navy, L. Ron Hubbard was relieved of command after shelling an island that he thought belonged to the US and was unoccupied. It was a Coronado island south of San Diego in Mexican waters and home to several members of the Mexican Coast Guard.