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Paying All Debt
President Andrew Jackson successfully paid off the debt of the United States in 1835. The only time in history this has ever been accomplished.
Dow Jones Industrial Average will continually rise and break new records because the Dow ignores inflation and excludes underperforming companies replacing them by companies that performed better.
This commodity is so rare that the world pours more steel every hour than it has poured gold since the beginning of recorded history.
After his eight years as President of the United States ended on January 20, 1953, Harry Truman took the train home to Independence, Missouri, mingling with other passengers along the way without secret service protection. His only income was an Army pension.
In the 1920s engineers at General Electric would be told, as a joke, to develop a frosted lightbulb. This was thouth impossible by older engineers. In 1925, newly hired Marvin Pipkin got the assignment not realizing it was a joke and succeeded.
PT Barnum was frustrated with how long people stayed longer than necessary in its museum’s exhibits. He posted signs that said ‘This Way to the Egress’. The thing is ‘Egress’ meant ‘Exit’ and people didn’t know. They end up outside and couldn’t re-enter without paying the entry fee again.
India’s army reportedly spent six months watching “Chinese spy drones” violating its air space, only to find out they were actually Jupiter and Venus.
The man who became a verb. Boycott was named after Charles Boycott, a man so hated that people wanted nothing to do with him.
President Ulysses S. Grant
The first and only police officer to arrest a sitting President was William H. West. He arrested President Ulysses S. Grant for speeding on his horse-drawn carriage in 1872. The President paid a $20 bond but didn’t show up to court.
The Roman Emperor Nero bribed the organizers of the Olympics to postpone the games for a year so he could participate. He won every contest, even one which he left the race after being thrown off his chariot. He was removed from the list of winners after his death a year later.
The Third World
The term “Third World” does not refer to poor countries. During the Cold War, the Third World referred to the developing countries of Asia, Africa, and Latin America, the nations not aligned with either the First World or the Second World. Switzerland is one example.
Extra Cost Café
French café starts charging extra to rude customers. It sells coffee to rude customers for €7 while polite customers get coffee for €1.40.
Working by Commission
Tom Hanks preferred to take percentages of movies’ worldwide total gross return for his roles in Forrest Gump and Saving Private Ryan. The result of this decision was almost $60 million from Forrest
Tom Hanks and Coffee
Tom Hanks Sent This $1,700 Coffee Machine to White House Reporters. He
has been gifting the White House press corps with new coffee machines since 2004 after visiting and finding an old decrepit Mr. Coffee machine serving really bad coffee.
The term scapegoatcomes from an old Jewish ritual where they would put all the sins of the townspeople onto a goat and then banish that goat from town sending the burden of their sins with it.
Catholic Church has accepted the Big Bang theory and Darwinian evolution since 1950.
Scientists found cancer in a 1.7 million year old foot bone and a 2 million year old spine from two ancient hominin specimens in South Africa.
Global Leonardo Bridge Project
The City of Des Moines, Iowa rejected a pedestrian bridge design for being “too modern.” The design was based on plans made by Leonardo Da Vinci in 1504.
The First Microwave
One day at work in 1945 Percy Spencer was standing next to an active magnetron when a candy bar in his pocket melted. Later that year, he filed a patent for the first microwave oven.
IQ (children) can decrease by an average of 13% when people are more stressed.
The man who can run forever without ever getting tired due to his exponentially high lactate threshold. He
“For one, let your baby nap outdoors — yes, even in the cold“. Parents report that babies take longer and deeper naps when they sleep comfortably bundled up outside.
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