The city is dark under a blanket of cloud when thedetective arrives at the scene of the murder. He's got hisrevolver tucked into his belt and is wearing a raincoat over his usual uniform. There's nothing unusual about that, but as he approaches the corpse in the alleyway between two tall buildings, he finds himself thinking: This can't be right. It was only five minutes ago I left him alive. What has happened here?
The dead man is dressed all in black—a tuxedo. He wears gloves. A pair of shiny shoes. His tie is red, like something out of a stage play or film from long ago, but the detective notices the tie isn't fixed right. When he leans in to inspect the tie, he spots the corner of a piece of paper peeking from an inside pocket of the tux. The detective takes it out and examines it -- and, to his amazement, it's a list of fifteen facts.
This is what it says:
The last surrender of the Civil War wasn’t in America.
It took over two months to drive cross-country the first time.
Bears were used to test ejection seats.
For some reason, opossums glow pink.
Frozen alligators leave their noses out of the water during winter.
Cannonballs are still stuck in one Dutch church.
Vinyl is back, baby.
Akira Toriyama was sick of inking Goku’s black hair, so the Super Saiyan was born.
Roller-blading officers are protecting Pakistan.
An extra breast with extra nipples can form in that hard to reach area.
Thank Marlon Brando for the top half of your wardrobe.
“The Thing” was inspired by the author’s mom, and her twin.