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26OSS Psychological Profile on Hitler

OSS Psychological Profile on Hitler

The OSS (the precursor to the CIA) commissioned psychologist Walter C. Langer to create a psychological report on Hitler between 1943 and 1944. Notably, the report made several accurate predictions about Hitler's future, including his attempted assassination, his refusal to surrender, and his eventual suicide.

27. In 2003, Germany sold 22 MiG-29 aircraft to Poland for a mere 22 euros.

28. There is a secret letter from Queen Elizabeth II that she left for the citizens of Sydney. She wrote it back in 1986, and it is locked in a vault that cannot be opened until 2085.

29. Many navies around the world have historically practiced a ritual to "celebrate" crossing the equator, serving as an initiation for those experiencing it for the first time.

30. One of the reasons we enjoy music is that the human brain has evolved to recognize and appreciate patterns, such as chord progressions or melodies, which in turn trigger the release of dopamine.

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31Caribbean Aphrodisiac Elixir

Caribbean Aphrodisiac Elixir

In the Caribbean, there is a popular beverage called peanut punch that is made with peanut butter, milk, and sugar. Some believe it possesses aphrodisiac properties. In Jamaica, it is common to add white rum or stout beer to give it an extra kick.

32. The VW Beetles of the 1960s did not feature a windshield washer fluid pump. Instead, they utilized the air pressure from the spare tire to spray the fluid onto the windshield.

33. Estrogen from birth control pills is sometimes excreted in human waste, which can find its way into municipal wastewater and ultimately the environment. This phenomenon has led to the feminization of certain male fish species.

34. August Kubizek was a friend of Hitler during their teenage years. After abruptly severing contact, Hitler reestablished their friendship in 1938, almost three decades later. Following the war, Kubizek wrote a book titled "The Young Hitler I Knew" in 1955.

35. Fordite, also known as Detroit agate or Motor City agate, refers to hardened automotive paint that can be cut and polished. It is commonly used in the creation of jewelry.

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36Global Tapping Mystery

Global Tapping Mystery

Between 1976 and 1989, a mysterious tapping noise could be heard worldwide on commercial and civilian communications platforms, including TV broadcasts, commercial aviation, and shortwave radio. The source of this noise was the Duga radar, known as "The Russian Woodpecker," a massive over-the-horizon radar system used by the Soviets for missile detection.

37. According to an apocryphal story, the Roman Emperor Honorius was initially shocked upon hearing the news of the Sack of Rome in 410 A.D. However, it he had mistakenly assumed the news pertained to his beloved pet chicken named Roma. When he learned it was actually the city of Rome, the emperor breathed a sigh of relief.

38. Following the feature of a Flit insecticide sprayer in a Dr. Seuss cartoon, he secured a 17-year endorsement deal with the company. This partnership allowed Seuss and his family to navigate through the Great Depression.

39. Nazi Field Marshal Ferdinand Schörner was notorious for his severe treatment of deserters. In 1945, he issued an order that all soldiers caught deserting would face immediate court martial and execution. Ironically, later that year, Schörner himself deserted his own post.

40. Third places, which refer to locations beyond the home or workplace where people can connect and relax, are dwindling. This decline poses a silent threat to our communities.

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41Enduring Iberian Conflict

Enduring Iberian Conflict

The Iberian Reconquista holds the record for being the longest conflict in history. Spanning nearly 800 years, it was a struggle between Christians and Muslims on the European peninsula that finally reached resolution.

42. Many blind individuals experience difficulties falling asleep due to their bodies' inability to differentiate between day and night. Consequently, their melatonin levels become disrupted.

43. Operation Valkyrie, a plot to assassinate Hitler, ultimately failed when a Nazi official unexpectedly moved the bag containing the bomb at the last moment, thereby saving Hitler's life.

44. In 2001, the city of Aswan in Egypt experienced an unusual rainfall event that led to an unexpected phenomenon known as the Aswan scorpion invasion. As a result of the heavy rain, scorpions were forced to leave their habitats and came into contact with humans, resulting in over 500 people being stung by these venomous creatures.

45. American yellow mustard was introduced in 1904 by George J. French under the name "cream salad mustard." It is made primarily from milder yellow mustard seeds and vinegar, resulting in a very mildly prepared mustard that obtains its bright yellow color from the inclusion of turmeric powder.

46Fictional Animal Pronoun

Fictional Animal Pronoun

Wagahai is a Japanese pronoun predominantly used by fictional talking animals.

47. The creator of the popular email client Eudora named it after author Eudora Welty, who wrote the short story "Why I Live at the P.O." Although the creator would not have presumed to name it after a living author if he had anticipated its immense popularity, Welty was pleased and amused by the homage.

48. Prague Castle, located in the Czech Republic, is the largest castle complex in the world and encompasses over 70,000 square meters. It includes a multitude of palaces, churches, and gardens. Serving as the seat of Czech rulers for over a thousand years, it holds great historical significance.

49. The North American monsoon, also known as the New Mexican monsoon, is a seasonal weather pattern characterized by a substantial increase in thunderstorms and rainfall across large portions of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. This monsoon typically occurs between June and mid-September.

50. The Romans pioneered the world's first newspaper, known as the Acta Diurna, or Daily Doings, in 59 B.C. Although no surviving copies of this newspaper exist, it is widely believed to have reported on events, assemblies, births, deaths, and the daily gossip of the time.


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