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Strange BUT TRUE


 

 

• The Chocolate River in the “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” was real! The production used 150,000 gallons of water, cream and chocolate. But the ingredients spoiled and smelled really bad when the movie ended.

• Studies have shown that playing Tetris can curb sex, drug and food cravings.

• C.S. Lewis coined the term “verbicide” to denote the killing of a word or distortion of its original meaning.

• A Vietnamese man was hospitalized after drinking too much methanol. Doctors transfused 15 cans of beer into his body to revive him. The liver breaks down ethanol before methanol, which gave doctors more time to do dialysis to remove the methanol from his system.

• The University of Oxford is older than the Aztec Empire.

• Santa Claus was issued a pilot’s license from the U.S. government in 1927, along with airway maps and a promise to keep the runway lights on.

• The fighting on D-Day was so fierce that as much as 4% of the sand on Normandy beaches is magnetic due to shrapnel that has been broken down over the decades into sand-sized bits.

• Only official members of federally accepted Native American tribes may legally possess or collect eagle feathers.

• During a game, Babe Ruth would place a cabbage leaf under his cap to keep cool under the sun, replacing it every inning or two.

• Instead of kissing his bride, Edward II of England sealed his wedding vows with a smooch to his lover, Piers Gaveston, 1st Earl of Cornwall.

• A house cat could beat superstar runner Usain Bolt in the 200-meter dash.

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Thought for the Day: “Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.” — Mother Teresa

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