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Swordswoman and opera singer Julie d'Aubigny seduced a woman who was then placed in a convent by her parents. Julie joined the convent, helped the women place a dead nun in her bed, set fire to the place, and escaped with her.
On a small field outside of the town of Cromwell in the South Island of New Zealand is a beetle called the Cromwell Chafer (Prodontria lewisi). The beetle is found nowhere else on the planet. The entire species can be found on an 81-hectare nature reserve.
During China’s Ming Dynasty, powdered smallpox scabs were blown up the noses of the healthy. The patients would then develop a mild case of the disease, and from then on were immune to it. Although the technique had a 0.5–2.0% mortality rate, it was better than the disease's 20–30% mortality rate.
Chinese leader Mao had relations with a 14-year-old girl and the girl's father tried to write an outraged letter to him after learning about it. The post office brought the letter back and warned that insulting the Chairman could lead to extreme retribution or death.
Zach Galifianakis had a two-week trial run as a writer on “SNL” before being let go. He wrote a sketch with Will Ferrell being the bodyguard of Britney Spears’s belly button that bombed so badly in the writer’s room that Tina Fey put her hand on his shoulder to comfort him.
Bill Belichick is the only head coach in the NFL who refuses to have his likeness and name represented in any John Madden Football game.
David Johnston was a volcanologist successfully fought a Chief Brody-like fight to keep the summit Mount St. Helens & Spirit Lake visitor-free for 2 months before the cataclysm. Instead of 1000 deaths, there was 53; him among them, radioing ".Vancouver, this is it" seconds before he was incinerated.
8The Poop Patrol
“The Poop Patrol” is a group in San Francisco consisting of 5 people who get paid $184,000 annually to clean feces off the streets.
Cowboy boots are designed for safety. The high heel prevents your foot from sliding through the stirrups, trapping your foot but if it does and you fall off the horse the lack of laces allows your foot to slide out of the boot preventing you from being dragged by the horse.
For Prince’s debut album, ‘For You,’ which released in 1978, Prince wrote, arranged, composed, produced and performed the album all by himself.