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George Bush the Cheerleader... and 9 Other Celebrity Facts!

1) Viggo Mortensen broke two toes while filming the scene where he kicks the helmet by the pyre in Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, thinking Marry and Pippen were dead. Because of his realistic cry of anguish after kicking the helmet and breaking his toes, Peter Jackson chose that take to include in the movie.

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We've all heard of crazy bar bets, but few of them involve stealing a plane and landing it in front of the bar.
Thomas Fitzpatrick, known to his friends as Tommy Fitz, was a native of Washington Heights, Manhattan, who, although he had moved to New Jersey, still hung out with his old friends from the neighborhood. A “wild bunch,” Tommy’s crew were adventurous and enjoyed frequenting area bars. Late in evening (or rather early in the morning) of September 30, 1956, as [...]
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The small town of Boonville, CA may not be well-known, but it does have its own language.
At the turn of the 20th century in the isolated little town of Boonville, California, local residents became so enamored with creating and using their unique slang that they essentially developed an entire language. Called Boontling after the town, due to the way the language was formed, it is relatively incomprehensible to all except the initiated. About 50 miles southeast [...]
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In this week's videos, find out about flowers that cost more than homes, how blowholes work and where Acme products got into Looney Tunes.
In this week’s “best of” our YouTube channel, we discuss the origin of the “ACME” brand name in Looney Tunes, the slave who helped make the famous Freedom Statue in Washington DC, why the Monopoly pieces are as they are, that time a tulip cost more than a house, and the truth about whales and their blowholes (aka, why Dory [...]
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Where the Looney Tune’s “ACME” Corporation Name Came From!

For those of you who didn’t spend your childhood with your eyes glued to the TV screen watching Saturday morning cartoons, “ACME” is the name of the fictional company that appeared in almost every Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote cartoon. This company supplied Wile E. Coyote with a never-ending range of ridiculous products that would inevitably fail, generally with hilarious consequences.

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Why did fans believe that Paul McCartney died in 1966? It started as a joke by a journalist.
For a couple of months in the fall of 1969, a persistent rumor that Paul McCartney had been killed two years earlier and replaced with a look-alike captured the imaginations of Beatles fans and the general public. The rumor began in the winter of 1967 when, after a particularly icy night, reports were flying among Britain’s national press that Paul [...]
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Sometimes things are just so old you can only remember that they're important...just not why.
Sitting in the heart of London since long before anyone can remember, theories regarding the London Stone range from Roman ruin, to Druidic icon to a talisman of good fortune. Although many point to John Stow’s Survey of London (1598), where he sets the 10th century as the first mention of the stone in print (he claims he found a [...]
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My guess is that it is a heart stone. Belief that it is connected to the fortune of Britain makes the most sense to me. Inanimate objects can be imbued with the miraculous;  the Islamic belief that Mohammad left a footprint in the rock in Jerusalem is an example. The belief that a piece of wood could be a splinter from the "True Cross" (meaning the one that Christians believe held the body of Jesus) can be so invested by that belief that people can experience "miraculous occurrences". It is a matter of the mind creating the reality. You are welcome to disagree. But keep your arguments logical rather than emotional.
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The Fascinating Origin of the Word “Abracadabra”!

These days you might hear Abracadabra before some stage magician pulls a rabbit out of his hat, but hundreds of years ago people actually believed that “abracadabra” was a magical spell. The exact origin of the word is up for debate, but perhaps one of the oldest records we have of “Abracadabra” being used is a snippet from a Roman sage named Serenus Sammonicus in the 2nd century AD from his Liber Medicinalis:

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When your satire is too satirical, you run the risk of sounding sincere. Daniel Dafoe learned this the hard way.
This Day In History: July 31, 1703 Daniel Defoe, who later went on to author the novel Robinson Crusoe, was put in the pillory on July 31, 1703. His crime was seditious libel related to a satirical pamphlet he wrote defending freedom of religion. The problem was that Defoe did too good of a job of mimicking those he was [...]
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Here's something a lot of people wonder about, but are afraid to ask.
This is a video from CGP Grey in which he explains what countries comprise “Scandinavia.” If you like this video, please subscribe to Grey’s awesome YouTube channel here.  You can also join us in supporting his videos on Patreon here. If you liked this video, you might also enjoy: The Truth About Vikings and Their Helmets Where Do the Gypsies [...]
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Bruce Jenner set new world records before winning a Gold Medal on this day in 1976.
This Day In History: July 30, 1976 The road to Bruce Jenner’s record-breaking gold medal in 1976 began at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany, where he placed tenth in the decathlon. After the event, he reportedly approached the champion Nikolay Avilov of the Soviet Union, looked him straight in the eye and told him, “Next time, I’m going to [...]
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Whales Don’t Spray Water Out of Their Blowholes and Other Interesting Whale Facts!

Myth: Whales spray water out of their blowholes.

Contrary to what you may have seen in such movies as Pixar’s otherwise extremely entertaining Finding Nemo, whales don’t spray water out of their blowholes. Further, the whale’s trachea doesn’t connect to the esophagus of the whale; so when Dory and Marlin went down the whale’s throat, in real life, they’d have simply been eaten.

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