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Strange BUT TRUE


 

 

• “The Whole Shabang” is a brand of potato chips once sold only in jails and prisons. It was so popular that in 2016, due to demand from ex-inmates, it was fi- nally made available to the general public.

• The majority of people will tilt their head to the right when they kiss.

• Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle helped popularize skiing by being the first Englishman to document the sport.

• In Alabama, it’s against the law to drive while impersonating a member of the clergy.

• For centuries, doctors thought that medicines made with human flesh, blood or bone could be effective in curing all kinds of ailments, from epilepsy to headaches. The practice was called “corpse medicine.”

• The original name for the search engine Google was Backrub. It was renamed after the googolplex, which is the number 1 followed by 100 zeros.

• The fear of young people is known as “ephebiphobia.”

• Gatling gun salesmen went to Civil War battlefields to demonstrate their products in actual combat.

• A newly sworn- in Barack Obama visited the U.K. in 2009 and presented some rather curious gifts to the prime minister and queen: 25 DVDs to David Cameron, and an iPod Classic to the then-octogenarian Elizabeth II. Cameron returned the gesture with some “wellies” and Hobgoblin ale.

• In the Solomon Islands, dolphin teeth were (and still are) used as a form of currency.

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