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1. North Korea.

Meth is so common in North Korea that suited elites in Pyongyang restaurants offer each other a nose after dinner. It's even used a cold cure or remedy for back pain.

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2. Tower of London.

I learned that because of an old superstition, several ravens are kept at the Tower of London at all times. These ravens are enlisted soldiers of the Kingdom, and have occasionally been dismissed for bad conduct. While wild ravens live for 10-15 years, Tower ravens can live past 40 years.

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3. Good on you, Germany!

German animal protection law prohibits killing of vertebrates without proper reason. Because of this ruling, all German animal shelters are no-kill shelters.

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4. True forgiveness.

In 1981, a Turkish man shot Pope John Paul II four times but didn't kill him (story continued on the next page...).


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After the Pope recovered, he visited the assassin in prison forgave him. The assassin was pardoned at the Pope's request and 33 years after his crime, he visited Vatican City and laid flowers on the Pope's tomb.

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5. Killer lake.

A small lake in Africa killed 1,700 villagers and 3,500 livestock overnight when it suddenly released 300,000 tons of carbon dioxide, suffocating everything within 16 miles. It occurred due to something called limnic eruptions.

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6. Mildly interesting.

Due to its frequent name changes it's entirely possible a Russian was born in St. Petersburg, went to school in Petrograd, got married in Leningrad and died in St. Petersburg without ever having moved.

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7. Red Panda.

The red panda is so unique, it has no close relatives. It's the only living species in its genus AND family.

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8. Not what they thought.

The voice of South Park's "Chef," Isaac Hayes, did not personally quit the show as Stone and Parker had thought (story continued on the next page...).


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They later found out that his Scientologist assistants resigned on his behalf after Hayes had a stroke, possibly without his knowledge, according to Hayes' son.

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9. You should know.

In 2005, Sony used music CDs to illegally install a rootkit virus on 22 million computers; and when caught, they released an uninstaller that failed to remove the rootkit, installed further programs and illegally collected user information

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10. The hare and the tortoise.

There's a version of "The Tortoise and the Hare" where everyone dies in a forest fire because the tortoise, having won the race and therefore seen as the fastest, is given the job of warning everyone.

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11. Now that's one cool person.

America's first female mayor was elected in 1887. A group of men nominated her as a joke, but she won over 60 percent of the vote.

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12. Only good mosquito out there...

Finnish police found a dead mosquito while searching a stolen car (story continued on the next page...).


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They tested the blood from the mosquito's last meal and used it to identify the thief.

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13. Big pay out.

Taco Bell failed to pay the men who pitched the idea of the Taco Bell Chihuahua and later were court ordered to pay $42.1 million dollars.

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14. The ideal band.

In 2005, the BBC asked readers to vote for individual band members to create an "ideal supergroup." Coincidentally, the readers voted for every individual member that makes up the group of Led Zeppelin.

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15. These police need to take a plant identification course.

An 11-year-old boy was suspended for a year for possession of a "marijuana leaf" that tested negative for marijuana three times.

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16. What would our world be without avocados??

After large animals went extinct, such as the mammoth, avocados had no method of seed dispersal. Normally, this would lead to their extinction, however (story continued on the next page...)



However, this was prevented due to cultivation by early human farmers.

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17. Congratulations on being old!

In the United States, people who turn 100 years old receive a letter from the President, congratulating them on their longevity.

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18. Going to great lengths to make voting more accessible.

In Indian elections no voter is expected to travel more than 2km to a polling station. This sees an entire team setting up a full station for a single voter in the Gir forest.

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19. Sugar, sugar.

In the 1960s, the sugar industry paid three Harvard scientists $50,000 to say that heart disease was most likely caused by saturated fat. After their report was published in JAMA, diets concentrating on low fat gained the endorsement of many health authorities.

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20. She's a boss.

Sarah Rector, who in 1913 at age 10, was known as "One of the richest girls in the world" (story continued on the next page...).


After being given a land grant that unknowingly produced 2,500 barrels of oil a day. Soon she received a daily revenue of $300 (approx $2.6 million annually today) and marriage offers worldwide at age 12.

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21. One way to get out of a parking ticket.

An Ohio woman once got out of a parking ticket because of a missing comma in the state's laws. She successfully argued that her car wasn't a "motor vehicle camper" and therefore wasn't included in the list of prohibited vehicles.

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22. "This is what is going to happen to me."

After the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. said to his wife, "This is what is going to happen to me also. I keep telling you, this is a sick society."

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23. Not so flushable

The wet wipe industry and sewerage companies are fighting over what it means to be flushable with the sewerage companies claiming that they had to remove lumps as big as 10 tons from their sewer systems.

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When you're a kid most adults will tell you one thing or another is "cool" and "fun." Odds are you're too young to form any kind of opinion on the matter one way or another. You're a kid, right? You don't know what you're eating for breakfast. However, when you get older and form that larger worldview, you realize that yeah, maybe that one time when you were a kid actually wasn't fun.

These are those stories.

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