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42 Bizarre And Twisted Facts They Don't Teach In School

42. Victory After Death




In 1923, jockey Frank Hayes suffered a fatal heart attack in the midst of a race at Belmont Park in New York. His horse, named Sweet Kiss, finished first and won the race with his lifeless body still atop. Hayes became the first, and thus far, the only jockey to win a race after death. Hayes was only 35 at the time. The horse never raced again, having acquired the nickname "Sweet Kiss of Death" for the remainder of her life.

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41. Just A Little Headache



In 2007, a man in Florida awoke with a severe headache that he suspected was an aneurysm. He made his wife drive him to the hospital, where they found something incredible. He actually had a bullet in his head! It turned out that his wife had shot him in the head while he was sleeping. She claimed the shooting was accidental and was jailed on a weapons violation. Her husband survived without severe injury.
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40. Literally Twisted



They may seem impossible, but according to mathematics research, any given Rubik's Cube is only 20 moves away from being solved! Google donated 35 CPU-years of computer time to researchers, who calculated that 20 moves (that is, 20 twists of any face of a Rubik's Cube) is all it takes to match up the colors on the faces of the cube. Of course, those still need to be the right moves.
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39. God Only Knows



The number referring to the least number of moves to solve a Rubik's Cube is called "God's number" or "God's algorithm," referring to the idea that an all-knowing being would innately know the best way to solve the puzzle.
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38. Non-Kissin' Cousins



The population of Iceland is rather small, and many of the 300,000 people of the insular nation are related to one another. So how do you avoid dating a distant cousin? There's an app for that! A new smartphone app allows users to tap their phones against each other to find out if they're related or not. The app even has a catchy slogan: "Bump the app before you bump in bed."
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37. An Empty Threat



Christopher Columbus became stranded in Jamaica on his way to the New World in the early 16th century. Knowing that he was wearing out his welcome with the local tribes and that a lunar eclipse was near, Columbus warned the natives that the moon would vanish if they did not continue to feed him and his sailors. Sure enough, he correctly predicted the lunar eclipse on March 1, 1504, and cowed the locals into supporting his troops further.
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36. Old Faithful



Long before bros with popped collars, Abercrombie & Fitch was originally a sporting goods store best known for their expensive shotguns. When Ernest Hemingway killed himself, he allegedly did it with his favorite shotgun, which he purchased from none other than Abercrombie & Fitch.
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35. Making It Harder



When Britain changed the packaging for Tylenol to blister packs instead of bottles, suicide deaths from Tylenol overdoses declined by 43 percent. Anyone who wanted 50 pills would have to push out the pills one by one but pills in bottles can be easily dumped out and swallowed. Blister packs also reduce the risk of accidental poisoning in young children.
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34. Pinocchio Paradox



What would happen if Pinocchio were to say, "My nose grows now?" There's no way to know--it's a paradox! The statement is a variation of the "liar's paradox" in which a statement "I am telling a lie" can be logically neither true nor false. The so-called "Pinocchio paradox" was devised by 11-year-old Veronique Eldridge-Smith in 2001. The paradox was published in the journal Analysis, written up by her father.
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33. A Questionable Deal



In 1965, Andre-Francois Raffray, a French lawyer thought he'd come up with a great plan: pay a 90-year-old woman $500 a month until she dies, and inherit her apartment. He didn't count on the woman, Jeanne Calment, living to 120, making her the oldest person in the world at that time! By 1995, Mr. Raffray had shelled out the equivalent of $184,000 for the apartment, which he never even got to live in: Raffray died at the age of 77; he was outlived by Calment.
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32. Wifeless



The population of China is booming, but it isn't booming evenly. A severe gender imbalance among newborns means that by 2020, more than 24 million men won't be able to find a spouse of the opposite gender! In China, it is still considered preferable to have male children, so adoption and sex-specific abortions are considered the cause of the gender imbalance.
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31. Neighbors



In 1913, Adolf Hitler, Sigmund Freud, Joseph Tito, Joseph Stalin, and Leon Trotsky all lived within 2 square miles of each other in Vienna, Austria.">
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30. Still Funny



What's the world's oldest joke, period? "Something which has never occurred since time immemorial; a young woman did not fart in her husband's lap." This joke, an ancient Sumerian proverb from ancient Babylonia, dates back 3,000 years! Get it?
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29. Bad Luck



In 1954, a plane carrying Ernest Hemingway crash-landed in Africa. Hemingway and his companions were rescued and put in another plane, which then burst into flames on the runway. Finding the door jammed, Hemingway proceeded to use his head as a battering ram and butted the door twice before bursting through and escaping.
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28. Could Be Worse!



Some Americans were annoyed when a statue of a defiant little girl was placed in front of the famous bull statue at the New York Stock Exchange. Maybe they wouldn't have been so upset if someone had given them some perspective, because it really could be worse--the stock exchange in Milan has a 13-foot-tall sculpture of a middle finger!
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27. I Guess They Chose "Consequences"



There is a town in New Mexico called Truth or Consequences. The town was originally called "Hot Springs," but changed its name in 1950, after an NBC radio program. The radio show offered to broadcast its 10th-anniversary show from the first town to change its name, and the town formerly known as Hot Springs did just that. Truth or Consequences today boasts an area of 12.6 square miles and a population of only 6,500.
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26. Thirsty Either Way



An experiment conducted in 1997 found that when French music was played in a store, more customers bought French wine, and when the music switched to German, there were more German wine sales. This phenomenon of influencing choice by creating a certain condition (or triggering a certain memory) is called "priming."
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25. Tongue-Twister



Vulcan Point in the Philippines is the world's largest island within a lake that is itself on an island in a lake on an island.... Got that? An island (Vulcan Point)... in a lake (Main Crater Lake)... on an island (Taal Island).... in a lake (Lake Taal)... on an island (Luzon)... in the Philippine Sea. Luzon is the largest island in the Philippines, which is an archipelago of over 7,000 islands!
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24. Mutiny In Space!



The first-ever mutiny in space was on Skylab 4 on December 28th, 1973. The three-man crew on the space station turned off radio communications with NASA for a full day, spending the day relaxing and refusing contact with mission control. The men had spent a record length of time in space, over 12 weeks, which in addition to the heavy workload, isolated environment and physical effects of microgravity, is thought to have caused the psychological stress that led to the mutiny. It turns out even astronauts need a day off.