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Started with permission from David FNJ. This is a thread where you can post any random/funny/cool facts from history, science, or whatever.

So, for starters....

An entire cubic mile of fog contains less than a gallon of water.

During Andrew Jackson's presidency, many White House staff members reported to have heard the president laughing maniacally in his office late at night. If somebody opened the door to check on him, they would only find him calmly sitting behind his desk reading a book or newspaper. He would insist that everything was fine and go back to his reading. As soon as the door was closed, and whoever happened to check on the president continued down the hallway, the crazy laughter coming from the president's office would start again. Almost 200 years later, it's rumored that President Jackson's maniacal cackling can still be heard echoing through the hallways of the White House.

On a funnier note, when Andrew Jackson passed away, somebody made the mistake of bringing his parrot to the funeral in a cage. The parrot had to be removed from the premises because he wouldn't stop cursing as the crowd gathered for the funeral. In his defense, he may have just been upset over Jackson's death.

LEGO is the world's largest manufacturer of tires.
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| May 20, 2014, 6:39 pm
It cost more money to film the movie "Titanic" than it did to build the actual ship.

Tom Selleck was considered for the role of Indiana Jones before Harrison Ford was selected to play the part.

The Buck 110 Folding Hunter is the world's best-selling knife. Since its introduction in 1964, Buck has sold more than 15 million of them.

Pepsi is much better than Coke. You know it's true.
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| May 20, 2014, 8:42 pm
Though LEGO parts are usually shown measured in millimeters, they can be measured easier in english/SAE standards:

-lego rods are 1/8" in diameter.
-a LEGO stud measures 3/16" in diameter.
-The holes in the side of a LEGO technic brick are 3/16" in diameter.
-one LEGO 1x1 square measures 5/16" across.
-one brick is 3/8" high, not including the stud.
-one plate is 1/8" high, not including the stud.
-the stud, including the LEGO letters is 5/64" high.

I measured these with a micrometer that has a resolution of 1/64" when set on fraction mode.
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| May 20, 2014, 8:42 pm
Quoting Nate Andrews
Started with permission from David FNJ. This is a thread where you can post any random/funny/cool facts from history, science, or whatever.

So, for starters....

An entire cubic mile of fog contains less than a gallon of water.

During Andrew Jackson's presidency, many White House staff members reported to have heard the president laughing maniacally in his office late at night. If somebody opened the door to check on him, they would only find him calmly sitting behind his desk reading a book or newspaper. He would insist that everything was fine and go back to his reading. As soon as the door was closed, and whoever happened to check on the president continued down the hallway, the crazy laughter coming from the president's office would start again. Almost 200 years later, it's rumored that President Jackson's maniacal cackling can still be heard echoing through the hallways of the White House.

On a funnier note, when Andrew Jackson passed away, somebody made the mistake of bringing his parrot to the funeral in a cage. The parrot had to be removed from the premises because he wouldn't stop cursing as the crowd gathered for the funeral. In his defense, he may have just been upset over Jackson's death.

LEGO is the world's largest manufacturer of tires.

I knew the last one but the others I didn't know. The parrot thing is great!
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| May 20, 2014, 9:52 pm
The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in Colorado.

Britton Hill in Florida is the lowest of all the state high points, at only 345 feet above sea level.

Mountain Dew Baja Blast is rumored to be nothing more than regular Mountain Dew mixed with blue Gatorade.
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| May 21, 2014, 8:32 am
Quoting Evan Botkin
I knew the last one but the others I didn't know. The parrot thing is great!
Preacher: "And now, we must lay to rest one of our best and most trusted frie--"

Parrot: "[bleep]!!!"

Preacher: *ahem* "... One of our best and most trusted friends, who..."

Parrot: "[bleep]!!!"

Preacher: "Polly!!!"

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| May 21, 2014, 8:45 am
Quoting Nate Andrews


Tom Selleck was considered for the role of Indiana Jones before Harrison Ford was selected to play the part.

that would have been terrible if he had been chosen to be Indy... :-)

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| May 21, 2014, 7:42 pm
Mount McKinley in Alaska is the highest of all the state high points, and the highest point in all of North America at 22,327 feet. Quite a difference between it and Britton Hill in Florida, no?

Victorinox is the world's largest manufacturer of pocket knives. Their factory in Ibach, Switzerland produces approximately 38,000 Swiss Army Knives every day. More than 90% of their production is exported to other countries.

In 1908, the only 2 cars in the entire state of Ohio collided with each other.
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| May 21, 2014, 10:52 pm
Quoting BrickBuilder7622 .
Quoting Nate Andrews


Tom Selleck was considered for the role of Indiana Jones before Harrison Ford was selected to play the part.

that would have been terrible if he had been chosen to be Indy... :-)
Then how about this? Kurt Russell was considered for the role of Luke Skywalker before Mark Hamill was finally selected.

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| May 21, 2014, 11:18 pm
The giant redwood trees are growing for about 2500 years in Canada(or maybe america i dont remember)
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| May 22, 2014, 1:57 am
Quoting Arjav Garg
The giant redwood trees have been growing for about 2500 years in California.

There. Much better.
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| May 22, 2014, 6:45 am
Quoting Arjav Garg
The giant redwood trees are growing for about 2500 years in Canada(or maybe america i dont remember)

There are also giant sponges in the Carribean sea that have been growing for about 2500 years.
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| May 22, 2014, 9:32 am
Quoting Bob the inconceivably invincible
There are also giant sponges in the Carribean sea that have been growing for about 2500 years.

Activity!! From, -- (studders) - YOU!
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| May 22, 2014, 9:37 am
Before it was decided that Harrison Ford should take the part, Christopher Walken and Nick Nolte were both considered for the role of Han Solo.
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| May 22, 2014, 12:55 pm
Pterodactyl's eyes are so far apart, they can not see dead ahead of them.
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| May 22, 2014, 1:05 pm
Quoting Nate Andrews
Quoting BrickBuilder7622 .
Quoting Nate Andrews


Tom Selleck was considered for the role of Indiana Jones before Harrison Ford was selected to play the part.

that would have been terrible if he had been chosen to be Indy... :-)
Then how about this? Kurt Russell was considered for the role of Luke Skywalker before Mark Hamill was finally selected.
*head explodes* :P

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| May 22, 2014, 9:37 pm
Our high school play is supposed to be performed in a few days and I don't think we're ready.

It's a fact. ;)

Also, iPhones and liquid nitrogen don't go well together. Look here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89RI9XhOs1A
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| May 22, 2014, 9:47 pm
During filming for "Home Alone", Joe Pesci tried to avoid having any contact with Macaulay Culkin on set, because he wanted Culkin to think that he really was as mean as the character he was trying to portray. (Harry)

Close to the end of the movie, Daniel Stern screams when a tarantula is placed on his face by Culkin. (it's hilarious) While filming for this shot, it was found that Stern couldn't actually scream without scaring the spider away, thus ruining the shot. For the final take, Stern opened his mouth as if he was screaming and tried to look terrified, and the actual scream was simply dubbed in later. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0Sz1j2Z7GQc
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| May 25, 2014, 12:32 am
The Washington Monument is the world's tallest stone structure and the world's tallest obelisk, at 555 feet.
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| June 1, 2014, 10:28 am
The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is the most successful aircraft in history. Since its introduction in 1955, more than 60,000 have been built.

A 172 was used to set the world record for flight endurance in 1958. Robert Timm and John Cook took off from McCarran Airfield in Las Vegas and didn't land for the next 64 days, 22 hours, 19 minutes, and 5 seconds. To stay in the air that long, they would match their speed with a car over a straight stretch of road in the desert, and hoist up supplies to the plane with a rope and bucket. For refueling, a hose from a fuel truck would first fill the plane's regular fuel tanks, and then a belly tank that was added specifically for the record flight would be filled.
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| June 2, 2014, 9:14 am
In 1934, a weather station on Mount Washington in New Hampshire recorded the fastest gust of wind ever measured on Earth's surface, at 231 mph. The record stood until 1996, when an airport on Barrow Island off the western coast of Australia recorded a 253 mph gust of wind during Cyclone Olivia. The new record wasn't officially confirmed until 2010 for some reason.
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| June 2, 2014, 9:42 am
Quoting Nate Andrews
...and didn't land for the next 64 days, 22 hours, 19 minutes, and 5 seconds...
Hope they had toilets of some sort...

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| June 2, 2014, 1:29 pm
Bananas are Yellow :P

No in all seriousness carrots used to be purple before a mutation occured, yay :D

hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia- is the fear of long words, the irony

(i knew all these facts so no google seaching)
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| June 2, 2014, 4:07 pm
There are more jedi masters on MOCpages than there ever were in the entire galaxy far far away.
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| June 2, 2014, 5:31 pm
A tastebud's average lifespan is 10 days...
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| June 3, 2014, 11:52 am
Smart cars weren't really made to be all terrain vehicles. Look here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEleIZhfkWg
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| June 3, 2014, 4:23 pm
Did you know the Stig only knows two facts about ducks, and both are wrong.
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| June 5, 2014, 3:30 pm
There's a mockingbird in Arlington National Cemetery who does a perfect impression of a car alarm. I heard and saw him when I was there last week. O_o

Even more impressive is this lyrebird in Australia, who can perfectly imitate camera shutters and power tools. He also does the car alarm impression just as accurately as the mockingbird can. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VjE0Kdfos4Y
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| June 11, 2014, 6:44 pm
Halo 2 is the best-selling game ever to be created for the original Xbox platform. Since its release in 2004, more than 8 million copies have been sold. Second place goes to Halo: Combat Evolved, with 5 million copies sold.
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| June 16, 2014, 2:27 pm
Every year in the Christmas Island, roads are forced to be closed because of a massive migration of red crabs.

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| June 25, 2014, 1:38 pm

India has more mobile phones than toilets.


yup its true. Im indian. My house has one toilet and 3 mobiles.
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| June 25, 2014, 1:41 pm
In 2012, Elvis Presley's underwear was auctioned off but no one bought it.

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| June 25, 2014, 1:48 pm
No matter what height an airplane flies at, its shadow will always be the same size.

For several years, it was rumored that Adolf Hitler owned almost 9,000 acres of land in Colorado.
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| June 29, 2014, 8:45 am
Quoting myself because I thought of something else I should have mentioned. Happy seaweed.
Victorinox is the world's largest manufacturer of pocket knives. Their factory in Ibach, Switzerland produces approximately 38,000 Swiss Army Knives every day. More than 90% of their production is exported to other countries.
Wenger, a smaller company owned by Victorinox, produces the world's largest Swiss Army Knife. Their "Giant" model features 87 different implements with 141 different functions. Good luck carrying that thing in your pocket.*

http://www.wengerna.com/giant-knife-16999



*It's meant to be a collectible, and NOT an actual user.
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| June 30, 2014, 2:52 pm
Historians question the existence of Marco Polo.
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| July 3, 2014, 11:17 am
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Many builders, (namely me.:1 ) often Have problems with building block right up until the last two days of the competition.
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| July 4, 2014, 11:54 am
The human body contains 62,000 miles of blood vessels. They would circle the earth 2.5 times if laid end-to-end.

If you lined up all U.S. one-dollar bills in existence end-to-end... nobody would care.

The risk of being stuck by a falling meteorite for a human is one occurrence every 9,300 years.

Honey never spoils. It's believed you could safely eat 3,000 year old honey.

When Krakatoa erupted in 1883, the blast could be heard more than 3,000 miles away. The pressure wave was recorded on barographs around the world, and continued to register for the next five days. Ash was propelled to a height of 50 miles, and it's believed the final explosion was so loud that anybody within 10 miles would have instantly gone deaf.
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| July 12, 2014, 10:53 pm
Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey is the world's tallest roller coaster with its 456-foot tower. It was also the world's fastest at 128 MPH, until Formula Rossa at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi opened in 2010, with an insane launch speed of 149 MPH. Steel Dragon 2000 in Japan holds the record for the world's longest roller coaster, at 8133 feet. The Beast at King's Island in Ohio is the world's longest wooden coaster, at 7359 feet. Having personally ridden the The Beast, I can definitely tell you to avoid it if you don't like bumpy rides. This thing shook so much that I saw twelve of.... well, everything. When I got off the ride, I was holding my sides because I was aching so much. Despite the bumpiness, The Beast is still one of the world's top-rated coasters. As for the world's top-rated steel coaster, Millennium Force at Cedar Point in Ohio and Bizarro at Six Flags New England (formerly known as Superman: Ride of Steel) have constantly swapped back and forth for the #1 spot over the years. Having also ridden Millennium Force, I can say it's my favorite coaster that I've been on.
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| July 19, 2014, 10:10 pm
Did you know that if you made a line of elephants stretching from the earth to the moon, they would all die?
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| July 24, 2014, 6:54 pm
Quoting JWG 258
Did you know that if you made a line of elephants stretching from the earth to the moon, they would all die?
http://goo.gl/et7Q8w

Couldn't resist.
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| July 24, 2014, 9:06 pm
Donald Duck cartoons were once banned in Finland because Donald didn't wear pants.
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| August 1, 2014, 11:56 pm
George Lucas was the executive producer of the 1986 film Howard The Duck :/
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| August 2, 2014, 12:09 am
Quoting Sean-Thomas Mahoney
George Lucas was the executive producer of the 1986 film Howard The Duck :/
I'm sure he's proud of himself for that. :D
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| August 2, 2014, 12:28 am
The One World Trade Center in New York is, including the antenna, 1,776 feet tall. It also has the nickname of "Freedom Tower."
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| August 2, 2014, 10:53 am
During a blackout in Los Angeles in the 1990's, many residents called the police because they were scared of the "strange glowing clouds" that were hovering above the city. They were, in fact, seeing the Milky Way Galaxy for the first time in their lives.

More than 50% of the the world's population has never made or received a telephone call.

There's a place in the desert near Mapimí, Mexico known as the "Zone of Silence" where no TV or radio signals are able to penetrate, and where locals claim that fireballs sometimes appear in the sky. O_o




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| August 4, 2014, 1:06 pm
The only time the word "incorrectly" isn't spelled incorrectly is when it's spelled incorrectly.

Didn't know if this should go in the random facts or jokes and puns thread. O_o
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| August 5, 2014, 5:59 pm
Quoting Arjav Garg

India has more mobile phones than toilets.


yup its true. Im indian. My house has one toilet and 3 mobiles.
it is probably true of the US as well. I have 2 toilets in my house and 5 cell phones. But 3 of them are old phones that have been sitting around for years. I had 6 but I took apart an old Nokia to get some parts for a project.

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| August 5, 2014, 10:14 pm
In Houston, Texas, it's illegal to shoot a buffalo from a second-floor window. Guess the first and third floors are okay then?

In Louisiana, you can be fined $500 for having a pizza delivered to somebody without them knowing.

In Pensacola, Florida, where I live: 1. It's illegal to roll a barrel down any street. How hefty the fine is depends on what's inside the barrel. 2. Nobody may be caught downtown without at least ten dollars on their person.

In Arizona: 1. Hunting camels is prohibited. 2. Donkeys may not sleep in bathtubs. 3. Any misdemeanor committed while wearing a red mask is considered a felony.


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| August 5, 2014, 11:34 pm
A random fact that many people already know: Bionicle is coming back.

I know I'm being silly, but whatever...
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| August 5, 2014, 11:45 pm
Quoting Nate Andrews
In Houston, Texas, it's illegal to shoot a buffalo from a second-floor window. Guess the first and third floors are okay then?

In Louisiana, you can be fined $500 for having a pizza delivered to somebody without them knowing.

In Pensacola, Florida, where I live: 1. It's illegal to roll a barrel down any street. How hefty the fine is depends on what's inside the barrel. 2. Nobody may be caught downtown without at least ten dollars on their person.

In Arizona: 1. Hunting camels is prohibited. 2. Donkeys may not sleep in bathtubs. 3. Any misdemeanor committed while wearing a red mask is considered a felony.

In Alaska it's illegal to view a moose from an airplane...

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| August 6, 2014, 8:37 am
Maine is the the only U.S. state with a single-syllable name.

"Screeched" is the longest single-syllable word in the English language.
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| August 12, 2014, 6:23 pm
You can sing the Pokemon theme song to the tune of Amazing Grace. O_o
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| August 19, 2014, 9:59 pm
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Quoting Nate Andrews
2. Nobody may be caught downtown without at least ten dollars on their person.

Man, that's what I call High Society. XD
Fact. :P
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| August 19, 2014, 10:25 pm
Quoting Nate Andrews
In Houston, Texas, it's illegal to shoot a buffalo from a second-floor window. Guess the first and third floors are okay then?

In Louisiana, you can be fined $500 for having a pizza delivered to somebody without them knowing.

In Pensacola, Florida, where I live: 1. It's illegal to roll a barrel down any street. How hefty the fine is depends on what's inside the barrel. 2. Nobody may be caught downtown without at least ten dollars on their person.

In Arizona: 1. Hunting camels is prohibited. 2. Donkeys may not sleep in bathtubs. 3. Any misdemeanor committed while wearing a red mask is considered a felony.


I'm not sure where, but I'm pretty sure in at least one or two states, you are not allowed to carve your name or initials into a tree, even if you own the tree.
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| August 19, 2014, 11:28 pm
The average bolt of lightning is only 1 inch in diameter. It only appears larger because it's so bright.

The air around a bolt of lightning sizzles at around 60,000 degrees. That's hotter than the surface of the sun.

Every year, the Earth experiences an average of 25 million lightning strikes during some 100,000 thunderstorms. That’s more than one hundred lightning bolts per second.

Lightning bolts can travel as fast as 60,000 miles per second.

10% all of all people in the U.S. who are struck by lightning were in my home state of Florida at the time. That's more than twice as many as any other state. *gulp*

The idea that lightning never strikes the same place twice is a myth. The Empire State Building in New York City is hit about 23 times every year.

On April 28-29 of 2014, the southern Alabama/northern Florida area where I live was bombarded by a series of freak storms that brought 28 inches of rain, and over 100,000 recorded lightning strikes. Ouch.
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| September 8, 2014, 6:47 pm
Quoting Nate Andrews
The average bolt of lightning...
It might be a fact (I'm pretty sure it is) that lightning strikes from the ground up.

A few weeks ago during a thunderstorm, I heard this extremely loud, sudden crash. I went outside to the back porch where my dad was sitting watching the rain. He said he saw a giant orange flash of lightning slam down (or up rather) into a neighbor's yard. You could smell the sizzled grass from the strike.
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| September 8, 2014, 7:34 pm
Quoting BrickBuilder7622 .
Quoting Nate Andrews
The average bolt of lightning...
It might be a fact (I'm pretty sure it is) that lightning strikes from the ground up.

A few weeks ago during a thunderstorm, I heard this extremely loud, sudden crash. I went outside to the back porch where my dad was sitting watching the rain. He said he saw a giant orange flash of lightning slam down (or up rather) into a neighbor's yard. You could smell the sizzled grass from the strike.

That's called ground lightning, and it comes from when there's an electricity buildup in the ground after a strike from the sky, or so I've heard.
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| September 8, 2014, 7:41 pm
Quoting BrickBuilder7622 .
A few weeks ago during a thunderstorm, I heard this extremely loud, sudden crash. I went outside to the back porch where my dad was sitting watching the rain. He said he saw a giant orange flash of lightning slam down (or up rather) into a neighbor's yard. You could smell the sizzled grass from the strike.
Years ago during a particularly powerful thunderstorm, there was a bright flash and a loud "BOOM!!!" outside that shook the whole house and made everybody jump. When we went outside the next day, there was a long, ugly burn mark all the way down the side of the pine tree that was right next to our house.
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| September 10, 2014, 6:31 pm
In Montana: 1. It's Illegal for married women to fish alone on Sundays, and illegal for unmarried women to fish at all. 2. It's illegal to have a sheep in the cab of your truck without a chaperone. 3. In Kalispell, all pool tables must be viewable from the street outside the billiard hall where they're located.

In Wyoming: 1. You can't take a picture of a rabbit from January to April without an official permit. 2. Using a firearm to fish is strictly forbidden. 3. It's against the law for women to stand within five feet of a bar while drinking. 4. Skydiving while drunk is illegal. 5. It's illegal to tattoo a horse with the intent of making it unrecognizable to its owner.

In California: 1. It's illegal to set a mousetrap without a hunting license. 2. It is an offense for residents to appear on reality TV shows.
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| September 19, 2014, 6:11 pm
When The Lion King first released in 1994, Disney didn't expect it to be the massive hit that it was.

Before James Earl Jones was selected to voice the character Mufasa, Sean Connery was also considered.

Jeremy Irons also faced competition from Malcolm McDowell and Tim Curry before he was picked to voice the character of Scar.

The scene where the hyenas march in rows as Scar watches was actually inspired by Adolf Hitler watching a nazi procession. Creepy.

To this day, The Lion King remains the highest-grossing hand-drawn film of all time.
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| October 6, 2014, 12:19 pm
41.3 seconds is the record for the fastest time a person has eaten a full 12-inch pizza. That person probably wasn't feeling so good the next morning.
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| October 15, 2014, 12:36 am
Quoting Nate Andrews
When The Lion King first released in 1994, Disney didn't expect it to be the massive hit that it was.

Before James Earl Jones was selected to voice the character Mufasa, Sean Connery was also considered.

Jeremy Irons also faced competition from Malcolm McDowell and Tim Curry before he was picked to voice the character of Scar.

The scene where the hyenas march in rows as Scar watches was actually inspired by Adolf Hitler watching a nazi procession. Creepy.

To this day, The Lion King remains the highest-grossing hand-drawn film of all time.
Interesting...

When Indiana Jones was first being made (that would be Raiders of the Lost Ark) it was debated whether Indy's last name should be Smith or not.

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| October 15, 2014, 4:11 pm
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