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65 Amazing facts – You never knew before

1. Google’s founders wanted to sell the company to Excite for less than $1 million in 1999, but, Excite were not interested.

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 2. Technology giant, Apple had a third founder, Ronald Wayne who sold his 10 per cent stake in the company for a meager $800 in 1976.

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3. The popular advertisement of 1993 Aaron Burr “Got Milk?” was directed by famous director-producer Michael Bay.

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4. The most highlighted Kindle books are the world’s bestseller the Bible, the Steve Jobs biography, and The Hunger Games.

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5. Cap’n Crunch a product line of sweetened corn and oat breakfast cereals was to be sued by a California woman because Crunch Berries contained “no berries of any kind.”

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6. The famous actor Wilford Brimley was once the bodyguard of business magnate, Howard Hughes.

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7. During World War I, German measles were called “liberty measles” and dachshunds became “liberty hounds.”

 

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8. Renowned detective Sherlock Holmes was thought to be a real character by 58 per cent teens in a British survey done in 2008. Interestingly, 20 per cent of those surveyed thought Winston Churchill was not.

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9. Demand for CDs from America Online were so high, at one stage in the 1990s, 50 per cent of all CDs produced worldwide were said to be for the company.

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10. Toy companies failed to duplicate the success of Theodore Roosevelt’s teddy bear with William Taft’s “Billy Possum.”

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11. Nutella, the hazelnut chocolate spread was invented during World War II, when an Italian pastry maker mixed hazelnuts into chocolate.

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12. In response to The Lorax, the forest products industry published Truax to teach kids the importance of logging.

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13. Tsutomu Yamaguchi first escaped the Hiroshima bomb when he went for work in Hiroshima and also the second, when he made it to his home in Nagasaki. In fact, he lived until 1993.

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14. To escape the menace of telemarketers, a British man changed his name to Tim Pppppppppprice to make it harder for them to pronounce.

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15. Renowned investment banker J.P. Morgan once offered $100,000 to anyone who could figure out why his face was so red. Till today the mystery remains.

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16. Prairie dogs have a strange way of saying hello – it’s with kisses.

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17. 2013 is the first year since 1987 where all four digits are different from one another.

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18. In 2009 a search was conducted for Loch Ness Monster – a cryptid creature whose existence has been suggested but is not discovered. But scientists could only find 100,000 golf balls after all the search.

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19. After OutKast sang “Shake it like a Polaroid picture,” Polaroid released a statement that said, “Shaking or waving can actually damage the image.”

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20. The State of New Mexico in the US had its first graduating class in 1893. Interestingly, it had only one student who was shot and killed even before graduation.

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21. In the mid-1980s, Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas was the voice of Charlie Brown’s sister Sally.

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22. Jonas Salk, who discovered the polio vaccine, declined to patent it. “Could you patent the sun?” he once asked.

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23. There’s only one McDonald’s in the world that does not have the red arches. Sedona, AZ thought yellow clashed with the natural red rock and hence red was not the choice.

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24. The American flag that depicts the 50 stars was designed by a high school student for a class project. Interestingly, his teacher gave him a B–.

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25. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau in the US, the most frequently stolen vehicle in the United States in 2012 was the 1994 Honda Accord.

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26. Lyndon Baines Johnson often referred to as LBJ let his hair grow after retiring from Office.

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27. Crabs have their own way of attracting the opposite sex. Male crabs wave their claws in the air to attract females.

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28.  The “Famed Obsession” for Men perfume by Calvin Klein’s is often used by researchers to attract animals to cameras in the wilderness.

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29. Renowned actor Sean Connery of James Bond fame turned down the Gandalf role in Lord of the Rings. “I read the book. I read the script. I saw the movie. I still don’t understand it.”

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30. E.B. White of Charlotte’s Web fame is the “White” of Strunk and White, who wrote The Elements of Style.

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31. Names can be misleading and Chock Full o’ Nuts is one them. In fact, it does not contain nuts. It was actually named for a chain of nut stores that the founder converted into coffee shops

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32. 12+1 = 11+2, and “twelve plus one” is an anagram of “eleven plus two.”

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33. San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh played Screech’s cousin on a 1996 episode of Saved by the Bell: The New Class.

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34. Remember Rin Tin Tin the male German Shepherd Dog rescued from a World War I battlefield by an American soldier, Lee Duncan. It’s believed a chef prepared him a daily steak lunch and classical musicians played to aid his digestion.

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35. The Arkansas School for the Deaf’s nickname is the Leopards. The Deaf Leopards.

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36. Did you know that the term “Frito Feet” was coined to describe the scent of your dog’s feet smell which sometimes is like corn chips?

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37. The “darcin,” which is a sex pheromone found in male mouse urine was named for Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy.

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38. Did you know that American Singer and producer Barry Manilow did not write his hit “I Write the Songs?

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39. Manilow, of course did pen, State Farm’s “Like a Good Neighbor” jingle.

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40. And “I am stuck on Band-Aids, ’cause Band-Aid’s stuck on me.”

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41. Renowned British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s mother was born in Brooklyn in the United States.

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42. Couple of years back in Portland, officials drained as much as 8 million gallons of water from a reservoir because a 21-year-old urinated in it.

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43. In the US, there’s a basketball court above the Supreme Court. Interestingly, it’s known as the Highest Court in the Land.

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44. Try this. Start counting from one and spell out the numbers. You will realize that you do not use the alphabet “A” until you reach 1,000.

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45. In one episode of The West Wing, an American serial political drama television series created by Aaron Sorkin, Nick Offerman played a man lobbying the White House to build a $900 million wolves-only roadway.

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46. Ice cream headaches are not uncommon. In fact, the medical term for them is sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia.

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47. When noted painter Leonardo da Vinci died, King Francis I of France hung the Mona Lisa in his bathroom.

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48. The Goodyear Blimp which is operated by Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company for advertising purposes was adopted by the Redondo Beach, CA as the city’s official bird in 1983.

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49. In 2001, Beaver College changed its name to Arcadia in part because anti-porn filters blocked access to the school’s website.

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50. Peeps Lip Balm that was thought to be a figment of one’s imagination, is something that exists.

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51. Quentin Tarantino an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor played an Elvis impersonator on The Golden Girls.

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52. Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas dropped out of high school but picked up his GED in 1993. His GED class voted him “most likely to succeed.”

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53. You all know that sleeping through winter is hibernation, did you know that sleeping in Summer is estivation?

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54. Mr. Clean, the household cleaning product is not called so in Spain. In Spain, Mr. Clean is known as Don Limpio.

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55. Remember slain Libyan leader Maummar Gaddafi. Well, Libyan rebels found a photo album filled with pictures of Condoleezza Rice, former US Secretary of State in his compound.

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56. Did you know what inspired Reed Hastings to start Netflix? It was after racking up a $40 late fee on a VHS copy of Apollo 13.

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57. Marie Curie conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. Her notebooks are still believed to be radioactive and researchers hoping to view them must sign a disclaimer.

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58. Did you know that Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins also wrote for “Clarissa Explains It All.”

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59. When three-letter airport codes became standard, airports that had been using two letters simply added an X.

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60. When the Nazis invaded Paris, H.A. and Margret Rey fled on bicycles carrying the manuscript for Curious George, an animated series written by them which later became very popular.

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61. William McKinley was on the $500 bill, Grover Cleveland was on the $1,000, and James Madison was on the $5000.

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62. The Zapruder family was paid a huge $16 million for the film of JFK’s assassination. The Zapruder film is a silent, color motion picture sequence shot by private citizen Abraham Zapruder with a home camera, as former U.S. President John F Kennedy’s motorcade passed through Dallas Texas on November 22, 1963, thereby inadvertently capturing the President’s assassination.

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63. Did you know how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? A licking machine made at Purdue needed 364.

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64. Acclaimed singer, Janis Joplin who dids at a very young age, left $2,500 in her will for friends to have a ball after she was gone.

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65. Fredric Baur who invented the tubular Pringles container for packing the curved potato chips had his ashes buried in one the cans.

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