Rapper DMX became addicted to crack cocaine at the age of 14, has fathered 15 children and has been arrested over 20 times.
27. In 1859, during a massive solar storm, telegraph operators in Boston, Massachusetts unplugged their batteries and were able to send messages to Portland, Maine using only the auroral current.
28. The Southern Baptist Church formed in 1844 when Baptists living in the south opposed the efforts of Baptists living in the north to prevent missionaries from owning slaves. So they formed the Southern Baptist church, a church that explicitly allowed slavery.
29. A German filmmaker named Philip Gröning once asked Carthusian monks for permission to film a documentary of their lives. They responded affirmatively 16 years later and Gröning then came alone to live at the monastery, where no visitors were ordinarily allowed, for a total of six months in 2002 and 2003. He filmed and recorded on his own, using no artificial light. He then spent 2.5 years editing the film. The final cut of ‘Into Great Silence’ contains neither spoken commentary nor added sound effects. It consists of images and sounds that depict the rhythm of monastic life, with occasional intertitles displaying selections from Holy Scripture.
30. In 1809, a man named Theodore Hook bet his friend that he could make a random house the most famous house in London within a week. He did so by ordering chimney sweeps, piano deliveries, and priests to the address. The ensuing chaos brought London to a standstill. This became known as the Berners Street hoax.
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32. The Texas City Disaster was the deadliest industrial accident in United States history. The explosion which occurred in 1947 caused by a ship full of ammonium nitrate catching fire was so large that the ship’s anchor serves as a memorial to the explosion where it landed, a mile and a half inland.
33. In the 1792 Presidential election, George Washington got 100.0% of the vote, which was only 28,579 votes.
34. A man named Cody Slaughter was so honest during his job interview with the Border Patrol in 2012 that he admitted to molesting a toddler and having sex with various types of animals, offenses which the police were previously unaware of.
35. Researchers have found that Inuit from northern Quebec are genetically distinct from any present-day population in the world. They compared the genetic profile of 170 Nunavik Inuit with “everyone possible” from Asians, Africans, and Europeans to North and South Americans.
The characterization of Emperor Palpatine in the Star Wars saga as an ambitious and ruthless politician dismantling a democratic republic to achieve supreme power is in part inspired by Julius Caesar, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Adolf Hitler. Other elements of the character come from Richard Nixon.
37. An observational study of handwashing after toilet use at an Infectious Disease conference found that compliance with hand hygiene after toilet visits was 84% for conference participants, 75% for members of the public, and only 46% for hospital staff.
38. The original reason no photography was allowed in the Sistine Chapel is that Nippon TV of Japan obtained exclusive photographic, film and television rights in exchange for funding the chapel’s restoration project ($3 million). Their rights expired in 1997 but the ban is still upheld today.
39. Fake Christmas trees were invented by a company that made toilet brushes and were made on the same machinery.