1Russian domesticated Red Fox
In the 1950s, the USSR started breeding foxes in an attempt to see how wolves may have been domesticated. As a result, there are now domesticated foxes called Silver Foxes which are still being bred.
2. A bidet is considered a key green technology and uses significantly less water, electricity, and wood than a single roll of toilet paper
3. The song "Red Red Wine" was written by Neil Diamond in '67. The band UB40 covered it in '83 in a light reggae style and it reached #1 on the Billboard 100. Diamond has stated that it is one of his favorite covers and he often performs the song in the UB40 style instead of the original version.
4. Nixon sent champagne and a note saying "Justice ultimately prevails" to Mark Felt after he was pardoned by Reagan. 30 years later, it was revealed Mark Felt was "Deep Throat" who helped bring the Watergate cover-up to light.
5. Highway hypnosis is a mental state where a person can drive a vehicle great distances responding to external events in the expected safe & correct manner with no recollection of having consciously done so. Partial or complete amnesia related to the time spent driving can develop for the driver
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In 1795, as Composer Joseph Haydn conducted the premiere of his 102nd symphony, the audience pressed forward out of their seats to get a closer look. Moments later, a chandelier crashed to the floor where the seats had emptied, killing no one and giving this piece the name “The Miracle”.
7. In response to a "catastrophic emergency," the United States government can be suspended and replaced with a single, combined branch "coordinated" by the President, indefinitely.
8. Wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube men are banned in Houston for being a "blight on the aesthetic environment".
9. Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Retired From the Supreme Court to Take Care of Her Husband With Alzheimer's. Shortly After Forgetting His Family, He Fell in Love With Another Woman at the Nursing Home. Instead of Sad, O'Connor was "thrilled," He Was No Longer Spending His Days in Depression.
10. Charlie Chaplin had almost been assassinated by the assassins of Japanese Prime Minister Inukai Tsuyoshi, hoping to instigate a war with the USA. Chaplin, however, escaped this fate as he had gone with the prime minister's son to a sumo wrestling match.
Berthe Mayne, a Belgian singer who claimed to her family to have survived the sinking of the Titanic, traveling 1st class under an alias as the mistress of a young Canadian millionaire. No one believed her until after her death when her belongings and correspondence corroborated the story.
12. The Dunning–Kruger effect, a phenomenon in which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence
13. There's a prestigious college to train nannies for the rich and famous. Norland College is "nearly impossible" to get into, and the current nanny for Prince George and Princess Charlotte was trained there.
14. Talaat Pasha, mastermind of Armenian Genocide, was assassinated by an Armenian revolutionary and genocide survivor. Despite the assassination occurring in broad daylight, and with the assassin pleading guilty, he was acquitted by reason of temporary insanity. He is a national hero in Armenia.
15. After JFK was prescribed use of a rocking chair to ease back pain, he enjoyed them so much that he would give rocking chairs as gifts to friends, family, and heads of state.
In 2014, Taylor Swift accidentally released 8 seconds of white noise on iTunes for $1.29. It became #1 in Canada almost immediately before being removed.
17. The law in India mandates that doctors write prescriptions in CAPITAL LETTERS in a 'Legible' writing as a measure to prevent deaths caused by the misinterpretation of their sloppy handwriting.
18. A man named James Howells who threw away a hard drive containing 7,500 bitcoin. The hard drive, currently under mountains of trash in a wales landfill is worth approximately $15 million.
19. Nick Offerman (Ron Swanson in Parks & Rec) used his woodworking skills to build a wooden gazebo for the Japan House of his alma mater (Urbana-Champaign).
20. In 2016, the iconic Vietnamese "Napalm Girl" received over 50 laser treatments on her "4th degree" burns that greatly reduced her pain and softened her skin after 45 years of suffering. The treatment was provided free-of-charge.
Pilots eat different meals to avoid food poisoning
22. McDonald's supposed to revamp the Golden Arches in 1960 but a psychologist argued to keep it because it resembled breasts, giving Freudian applications to the subconscious mind of the consumer.
23. When 16-year-old John Paul Getty III was kidnapped in 1973, his billionaire grandfather refused to pay $17 million ransom. After the kidnappers mailed Getty's ear to a newspaper, his grandfather only agreed to pay $2.2 million because that was the maximum amount that was tax deductible.
24. Five days after Hitler committed suicide, German and American troops fought side by side to defend Itter Castle against Himmler's SS.
25. The wife of L. Ron Hubbard consulted doctors who recommended he "be committed to a private sanatorium for psychiatric observation and treatment of a mental ailment known as paranoid schizophrenia." Thereafter, Hubbard criticized psychiatry as a "barbaric and corrupt profession".