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10 weird and unusual facts
- In 2007 a married couple unknowingly met each other on a cheating site. They then went on a date and realized, horrified, they were both cheating – with each other.
- When President Carter supported racial equality in the 1950s, his peanut farm was boycotted. He ran against the Sheriff for a new local senate seat, losing to the Sheriff. Apon challenging the loss, they discovered his opponent was committing voter fraud. A new election was held, and Carter won.
- Pringles are technically not potato chips but a slurry of rice, wheat, corn, and some potato flakes.
- Coca-Cola still uses coca leaves in its syrup, and there is only one factory in the US with the unique DEA license required to remove the cocaine.
- The word cereal comes from the the Roman goddess Ceres, and her association with edible grains.
- Weird Al Yankovic turned down a $5 million beer endorsement because he said “a lot of my fans are young and impressionable”.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower said “The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants…It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals…We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people”.
- There’s a whole genus of spiders whose scientific names all derive from characters from the movie “Predator”.
- Morgan Freeman didn’t appear in a movie until age 34, and didn’t get a big role until he was 52, with Driving Miss Daisy and Glory.
- Lego bricks are very consistent, with only 18 bricks out of every 1,000,000 made being considered defective. The design and manufacture of bricks is also consistent enough to allow bricks manufactured today to interlock with those manufactured in 1958.
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