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Printing the phrase “In God We Trust” on U.S. currency was a mandate handed down by Abraham Lincoln’s Treasury Secretary Salmon Chase. During his presidency, Theodore Roosevelt attempted to remove the slogan because he, as a devout Christian, felt that putting God on money was a sacrilege.

A famous North American landmark, Niagara Falls, is constantly moving backward. The rim wore down about two and a half feet each year because of the millions of gallons of water that rush over it every minute. Attempts to control flow and divert the water has reduced erosion in recent years to one foot per year with a potential increase of one foot every ten years.

Before hitting the big time, Billy Joel played the organ in a TV ad for Bachman’s Pretzels that featured Chubby Checker singing “The Twist.”

Local lore in Saint Louis claims that Cary Grant started the trend of placing a mint on a pillow. In an attempt to woo a lady, he had the bell hop let him into her room and place a mint on a pillow with a calling card.

Horses cannot breathe through their mouth. If their nostrils become obstructed, they could suffocate.

A famous North American landmark, Niagara Falls, is constantly moving backward. The rim wore down about two and a half feet each year because of the millions of gallons of water that rush over it every minute. Attempts to control flow and divert the water has reduced erosion in recent years to one foot per year with a potential increase of one foot every ten years.

Nixon was speaking at Disney World when he famously declared, “I am not a crook.”

The medical term stroke comes from the 16th century, when a person suffering a cerebral hemorrhage was thought to have been hit by “the stroke of God’s hand.”

The first president to earn a PhD was Woodrow Wilson.

Before hitting the big time, Billy Joel played the organ in a TV ad for Bachman’s Pretzels that featured Chubby Checker singing “The Twist.”

Charles Douglass, inventor of the canned laughter we hear on sitcoms, recorded the guffaws for his original “Laff Box” during broadcasts of The Red Skelton Show.

Local lore in Saint Louis claims that Cary Grant started the trend of placing a mint on a pillow. In an attempt to woo a lady, he had the bell hop let him into her room and place a mint on a pillow with a calling card.

In 1912, Kazimierz (Casimir) Funk discovered the first vitamin, Niacin (or vitamin B3)

The Procrastinators’ Club of America newsletter is called “Last Month’s Newsletter.”

Horses cannot breathe through their mouth. If their nostrils become obstructed, they could suffocate.

After losing the White House, John Quincy Adams was elected to Congress in 1830. He served until his death in 1848.

The word “lucky” was rarely used in I Love Lucyscripts. That’s because the show’s sponsor, Philip Morris, was in competition with Lucky Strike cigarettes at the time.

The last state to ban eugenics-based castration was Oregon in 1983. The last castration took place in 1978.

Despite its reputation as a cosmonaut staple, freeze-dried ice cream only made one mission to space. In 1968, it provided instant sugar rushes to the astronauts of Apollo 7.

There are nearly as many inmates in California state prisons as there are in U.S. federal prisons.

A famous North American landmark, Niagara Falls, is constantly moving backward. The rim wore down about two and a half feet each year because of the millions of gallons of water that rush over it every minute. Attempts to control flow and divert the water has reduced erosion in recent years to one foot per year with a potential increase of one foot every ten years.

Nixon was speaking at Disney World when he famously declared, “I am not a crook.”

The medical term stroke comes from the 16th century, when a person suffering a cerebral hemorrhage was thought to have been hit by “the stroke of God’s hand.”

The first president to earn a PhD was Woodrow Wilson.

Before hitting the big time, Billy Joel played the organ in a TV ad for Bachman’s Pretzels that featured Chubby Checker singing “The Twist.”

Charles Douglass, inventor of the canned laughter we hear on sitcoms, recorded the guffaws for his original “Laff Box” during broadcasts of The Red Skelton Show.

Local lore in Saint Louis claims that Cary Grant started the trend of placing a mint on a pillow. In an attempt to woo a lady, he had the bell hop let him into her room and place a mint on a pillow with a calling card.

In 1912, Kazimierz (Casimir) Funk discovered the first vitamin, Niacin (or vitamin B3)

The Procrastinators’ Club of America newsletter is called “Last Month’s Newsletter.”

Horses cannot breathe through their mouth. If their nostrils become obstructed, they could suffocate.

After losing the White House, John Quincy Adams was elected to Congress in 1830. He served until his death in 1848.

The word “lucky” was rarely used in I Love Lucyscripts. That’s because the show’s sponsor, Philip Morris, was in competition with Lucky Strike cigarettes at the time.

The last state to ban eugenics-based castration was Oregon in 1983. The last castration took place in 1978.

Despite its reputation as a cosmonaut staple, freeze-dried ice cream only made one mission to space. In 1968, it provided instant sugar rushes to the astronauts of Apollo 7.

Only one half of a dolphin’s brain sleeps at a time. The other half that’s awake signals the dolphin to come up for air to prevent drowning.

There are nearly as many inmates in California state prisons as there are in U.S. federal prisons.

J.K. Rowling invented Quidditch in a pub.

The Hard Rock Café got its name from a now-defunct bar that appeared on the back of the Doors’ album Morrison Hotel.

A famous North American landmark, Niagara Falls, is constantly moving backward. The rim wore down about two and a half feet each year because of the millions of gallons of water that rush over it every minute. Attempts to control flow and divert the water has reduced erosion in recent years to one foot per year with a potential increase of one foot every ten years.

Nixon was speaking at Disney World when he famously declared, “I am not a crook.”

The medical term stroke comes from the 16th century, when a person suffering a cerebral hemorrhage was thought to have been hit by “the stroke of God’s hand.”

The first president to earn a PhD was Woodrow Wilson.

Before hitting the big time, Billy Joel played the organ in a TV ad for Bachman’s Pretzels that featured Chubby Checker singing “The Twist.”

Charles Douglass, inventor of the canned laughter we hear on sitcoms, recorded the guffaws for his original “Laff Box” during broadcasts of The Red Skelton Show.

Local lore in Saint Louis claims that Cary Grant started the trend of placing a mint on a pillow. In an attempt to woo a lady, he had the bell hop let him into her room and place a mint on a pillow with a calling card.

In 1912, Kazimierz (Casimir) Funk discovered the first vitamin, Niacin (or vitamin B3)

The Procrastinators’ Club of America newsletter is called “Last Month’s Newsletter.”

Horses cannot breathe through their mouth. If their nostrils become obstructed, they could suffocate.

After losing the White House, John Quincy Adams was elected to Congress in 1830. He served until his death in 1848.

The word “lucky” was rarely used in I Love Lucyscripts. That’s because the show’s sponsor, Philip Morris, was in competition with Lucky Strike cigarettes at the time.

Despite its reputation as a cosmonaut staple, freeze-dried ice cream only made one mission to space. In 1968, it provided instant sugar rushes to the astronauts of Apollo 7.

There are nearly as many inmates in California state prisons as there are in U.S. federal prisons.

J.K. Rowling invented Quidditch in a pub.

The Hard Rock Café got its name from a now-defunct bar that appeared on the back of the Doors’ album Morrison Hotel.

Only one U.S. state’s name ends with the letter “K.” It’s New York. Likewise, only one U.S. state’s name ends with the letter “G”: Wyoming.

Kathleen Casey of Philadelphia was born at 12:00:01 A.M., Eastern time, on January 1st, 1946. This not only made her the first child born in the United States that year, but also made her the first “Baby Boomer.”

The national animal of Scotland is the unicorn.

One of the first known contraceptives was crocodile dung, used by Egyptians.

Nixon was speaking at Disney World when he famously declared, “I am not a crook.”The medical term stroke comes from the 16th century, when a person suffering a cerebral hemorrhage was thought to have been hit by “the stroke of God’s hand.”

Before hitting the big time, Billy Joel played the organ in a TV ad for Bachman’s Pretzels that featured Chubby Checker singing “The Twist.”

Charles Douglass, inventor of the canned laughter we hear on sitcoms, recorded the guffaws for his original “Laff Box” during broadcasts of The Red Skelton Show.

In 1912, Kazimierz (Casimir) Funk discovered the first vitamin, Niacin (or vitamin B3)

The Procrastinators’ Club of America newsletter is called “Last Month’s Newsletter.”

Horses cannot breathe through their mouth. If their nostrils become obstructed, they could suffocate.

After losing the White House, John Quincy Adams was elected to Congress in 1830. He served until his death in 1848.

The word “lucky” was rarely used in I Love Lucyscripts. That’s because the show’s sponsor, Philip Morris, was in competition with Lucky Strike cigarettes at the time.

Despite its reputation as a cosmonaut staple, freeze-dried ice cream only made one mission to space. In 1968, it provided instant sugar rushes to the astronauts of Apollo 7.

There are nearly as many inmates in California state prisons as there are in U.S. federal prisons.

J.K. Rowling invented Quidditch in a pub.

The Hard Rock Café got its name from a now-defunct bar that appeared on the back of the Doors’ album Morrison Hotel.

Only one U.S. state’s name ends with the letter “K.” It’s New York. Likewise, only one U.S. state’s name ends with the letter “G”: Wyoming.

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Kathleen Casey of Philadelphia was born at 12:00:01 A.M., Eastern time, on January 1st, 1946. This not only made her the first child born in the United States that year, but also made her the first “Baby Boomer.”

The national animal of Scotland is the unicorn.

In addition to the four known taste sensations (bitter, salty, sour, and sweet), some scientists now include a fifth, called “umami,” best represented by the MSG flavoring added to certain foods.

A ten-gallon hat actually holds a little less than one gallon of water.

40 astonishing facts you’d never believe are true

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40 astonishing facts you’d never believe are true

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40 astonishing facts you’d never believe are true

Posted on 28/03/2013

  1. There’s more stars in the universe than grains of sand on earth.
  2. Walt Disney was afraid of mice.

  3. Most humans alive today have never made a phone call.

  4. In the African country of Lesotho, the people are known as Basotho and speak Sesotho.

  5. The Western Lowland Gorilla’s scientific name is Gorilla gorilla gorilla.

  6. Horses cannot breathe through their mouths.

  7. Salvadore Dali designed the Chupa Chups logo.
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  8. There is an immortal jellyfish.

  9. Astronauts cannot cry in space due to the lack of gravity.

  10. The name Canada comes from the native American word Kanata meaning ‘Big Village’.

  11. When split into two or more pieces, provided that each piece retains enough of the center disc, each piece of a starfish will grow into a new, individual starfish.

  12. The top richest 1% of Americans own 42% of the nation’s wealth, while the bottom 80% own just 7%.

  13. Saudi Arabia imports camels from Australia.

14.There are more atoms in a grain of sand than there are grains of sand in the whole world.

  1. Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok” sold more copies than any single by The Beatles.
  • Alcohol kills more people than all illegal drugs combined.

  • Giraffes can go without water for longer than camels.

  • Ralph Lauren’s real name is Ralph Lifshitz.

  • A loofa is a vegetable.

  • In Texas, it is illegal to shoot a buffalo from a hotel room.

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    1. Richard Nixon’s VP – Spiro Agnew’s name is an anagram for “grow a penis

    2. Tomatoes are a fruit.

    3. If you stretched out all the DNA in your body and put them end-to-end, it would be about six times the distance that Pluto is from the Sun.
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    4. Bananas are a type of berry.

    5. The American accent is more deeply rooted in England than the current British accent.

    6. Before they became a fashion accessory, high heels were originally for cavalry men.

    7. Humans in peak condition can outrun any animal on earth in a marathon.

    8. The total weight of all ants on earth is greater than the total weight of all humans.

    9. Eagles mate while airborne.
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    10. Astronauts in orbit feel weightless because they are constantly falling, not because there is no gravity in space.

    11. Popeye has four identical quadruplet nephews named Pipeye, Pupeye, Poopeye and Peepeye.

    12. Falling coconuts kill far more people per year than sharks.

    13. It’s illegal to tickle a women in Virginia

    14. Wombats poo cubes.

    15. Mosquitoes are the deadliest animal on Earth.

    16. Cockroaches can live for weeks without their heads before they starve to death.

    17. If you shuffle a deck of cards and deal all 52 it’s 100% certain that that permutation of cards has never ever been dealt before.

    18. A strawberry is not a berry. In fact, it’s technically not even a fruit.
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    19. Google’s Page rank algorithm is named after Larry Page, not Web pages.

    20. Honey never goes bad. Archaeologists have found 2000 year old jars of honey in Egyptian tombs, which still tasted delicious.
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    10 More Enigmas That Defy Explanation

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    10 More Enigmas That Defy Explanation

    Jamie Frater January 14, 2010

    What is it about the bizarre and mysterious that piques our curiosity? It entertains our sense of wonder and excites our imagination, for sure. Luckily for us, history is marked with strange, logic-defying occurrences to amuse us. Here is a list comprised of 10 more unexplainable and interesting phenomenon and incidents that we crave so much. This list is made up of a mixture of two submissions to the Christmas competition which shared some items, so it seemed a good idea to combine the two to give us ten things never before shown on the site. Also note, this list is in the newly created category “Mystery” and all of our lists involving mysteries can now be found under that category in the archives or on the mystery category page.

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    Ice Woman

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    Nature performs many astonishing feats, yet it is a different matter altogether when we human beings push past the boundaries of normal. It was a viciously cold morning in Lengby, Minnesota, when a man discovered his 19-year old neighbor, Jean Hilliard, lying in the snow. Her whole body was frozen solid from the night before, when temperatures dropped twenty-five degrees below zero. Apparently, Jean was trying desperately to reach her neighbor for help when her car skidded off the road. When her body was discovered she was immediately sent to the local hospital, where her condition stunned the doctors. One of the nurses said that Jean was “so cold, it was like reaching into a freezer” and that “her face was absolutely white, just this ashen, death look.” Jean was also seriously frostbitten, and none of her limbs would bend or move.

    The hospital staff did everything possible, yet the situation was dire. Even if Jean were to regain consciousness, she would more than likely have severe brain damage, and she was frostbitten to the degree that both her legs would have to be amputated. Her family gathered in prayer, hoping for a miracle. 2 hours later, Jean went into violent convulsions, and regained consciousness. She was perfectly fine, mentally and physically, although a bit confused. Even the frostbite was slowly disappearing from her legs to the doctors’ amazement. She was released 49 days later without losing a single finger, and sporting only minor scars.

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    Iron Pillar of Delhi

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    Iron, the king of metal, is used for just about everything from the skeleton of your house to the chains on your bike. Unfortunately, iron can never escape its destiny to slowly transform into rust – with the exception of this phenomenal structure: meet the Iron Pillar of Delhi! Standing in at 7 meters tall and weighing more than six tons, this iron giant has managed to defeat corrosion for over 1600 years! But how can something that is 98 percent iron withstand decaying for over a millennia? Scientists have found the answer to that question, but how ancient ironsmiths discovered the fact so long before us still amazes archeologists today.

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    Carroll A. Deering

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    Approximately 50 years after the mysterious disappearance of the crew of the Mary Celeste, a similar event occurred when the schooner Carroll A. Deering was spotted around the coast of North Carolina on January 31, 1921. When rescue ships finally reached her, they discovered, to their shock that the Deering’s entire crew was missing. Though evidence in the galley suggested that food was being prepared for the following day, nothing else was found of the crew. Eerily enough, no personal effects, no ship logs, no traces were left behind, much like the case of the Mary Celeste. Theories have pointed to paranormal activity, due to the fact that the Carroll A. Deering was in the region that is today known as the Bermuda Triangle.  Others have concluded it was the work of pirates, or of Russians attempting to steal their cargo.

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    Hutchison Effect

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    The Hutchison Effect refers to the number of eerie phenomena that occurred when inventor John Hutchison attempted to replicate a few of inventor Nickola Tesla’s experiments. Some of the strange events witnessed include levitation, fusion of objects completely different in matter (such as wood and metal), and disappearances of some smaller objects. Even stranger is that after his experiment, Hutchison was unable to repeat the project again with the same results. This experiment was so popular it even sparked the interest of NASA and the Military, both whom have failed to produce the Hutchison Effect.

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    Faces Of Belmez

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    Is it just me or doest that stain on the wall look like a person staring at you? Yup, its one of the many faces of Belmez that the Pereira family home is used to having. For over twenty years, the faces that appear can resemble males or females. They also arrive with different expressions every time. Strangely, the faces only stop at the house for a quick visit before disappearing. Investigations have been preformed upon the house to discover what was causing the faces to spontaneously pop up. One investigation exhumed and removed a human body from under the house, but that still didn’t stop the faces from making round trips. Several hypotheses have been formed to help explain this strange reoccurring phenomenon, but overall, no conclusions have been come to.

    Disappearing Lake

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    On May 2007, a lake in Patagonia, Chile, literally disappeared, leaving behind a 30 meter deep pit, icebergs and dry soil. However, this wasn’t a small lake or pond – it was an astonishing 5 miles long! The last time geologists saw the lake in March 2007, they detected nothing strange about it. However, something happened during the 2 month span that not only caused the lake to vanish, but reduced a river that flowed from the lake to a tiny stream. Geologists were puzzled as to why a lake of that size would simply cease to exist. Perhaps, they suggested, an earthquake drained the lake, yet there were no reports of any quakes in that particular area during spring. Meanwhile, UFO enthusiasts concluded that a spaceship drained the lake. The mystery is unsolved to this day.

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    Raining Blobs

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    The townspeople of Oakville, Washington, were in for a surprise on August 7, 1994. Instead of their usual downpour of rain, the inhabitants of the small town witnessed countless gelatinous blobs falling from the sky. Once the globs fell, almost everyone in Oakville started to develop severe, flu-like symptoms that lasted anywhere from 7 weeks to 3 months. Finally, after exposure to the goo caused his mother to fall ill, one resident sent a sample of the blobs for testing.      What the technicians discovered was shocking – the globs contained human white blood cells. The substance was then brought to the State Department of Health of Washington for further analysis. With another startling reveal, they discovered that the gelatinous blobs had two types of bacteria, one of which is found in the human digestive system. However, no one could successfully identify the blob, and how they were connected to the mysterious sickness that plagued the town.

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    The Black Helicopter

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    In May 7, 1994, a black helicopter chased a teenage boy for forty-five minutes in Harrahan, Louisiana. Unable to run any further, the terrified boy explained that the occupants descended from the vehicle and pointed weapons at him. To this day, the boy has no idea why he was targeted by the helicopter, or why, mysteriously, they let him go.  One week later, people traveling in a car near Washington had a similar experience when they too were pursued by the helicopter. Unable to escape, they witnessed men in black uniforms coming down from a rope ladder bearing weapons. However, the drivers were let off free, much to their confusion. Black helicopters feature much in UFO-lore and while there are simple explanations for some appearances, others (such as the two above) remain unsolved.

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    Animals within Stone

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    There are several documented cases where frogs, toads, and other small animals are found concealed within solid stone – alive. There are other instances too, where workers would cut down trees, and find hoards of frogs within the interior. Weirder still, people have found creatures within not just natural formations such as rocks and trees, but manmade establishments. In 1976, a Texas construction crew was breaking up concrete they set over a year ago. To their disbelief, the crew found a live green turtle within the concrete, in an air pocket that matched the shape of the small reptile. If, somehow, it got in when the concrete was poured a year earlier, how did it manage to survive during that time? After all, there were no signs of holes or cracks in the concrete through which the turtle could have entered.

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    Donnie Decker

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    Dubbed the Rain Boy in 1983, Donnie Decker was visiting his friend’s house when he abruptly went into a trance-like state. Immediately after, the ceiling began to drip water and a mist filled the room. His friends immediately called on the landlord who was alarmed by what he was seeing. Some time later, Donnie was at a restaurant with other companions when rain started pouring down their heads. The restaurant owner immediately forced him out. Years later, due to a petty crime, Donnie was put into jail where he caused chaos when rain started to pour down in his cell. After angry inmates complained, Donnie explained that he could make it rain when he wanted to, and proved his point by dumping rain on the jailor on duty. Eventually, he was released from jail and found a job as a cook at a local restaurant. His present whereabouts is unknown – as is the cause of the mysterious rain.

            Jamie FraterJamie is the founder of Listverse.  He spends his time working on the site, doing research for new lists, and cooking. He is fascinated with all things morbid and bizarre.