I will not say that this tale is entirely original — because it was first told to me by an acquaintance in Philadelphia, and has since passed into other hands; so it may be termed "a Philadelphia tradition." It was told to him by a gentleman from Baltimore who had heard it as early as 1950 — but he had never known of any one ever having written it down, although it was always repeated, with variations, by all his acquaintance.

He gave my friend, in turn, several versions, and the story which he told me was exactly the same as one that I myself have heard many times before, and have seen written upon paper more than once. The story is certainly worthy of being set forth on this page of my journal; and, although the style in which it is told might seem to call for a little elaboration, I think the simplicity and directness (in some respects) are its greatest merit, for they make it very easy for the reader to comprehend at once.

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No one thought Luxembourg would take home the gold.

When Luxembourg won gold at the 1952 Olympics, it surprised everyone. In the 1952 Olympics, Luxembourg won a gold medal which was so unexpected that the band did not know their national anthem and instead had to improvise and ended up playing gibberish. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Olympics

Honey is a no-go for infants.

You should never feed honey to a baby under one year. Honey can contain Clostridium botulinum spores, which can cause a serious type of food poisoning called botulism. The reason why it's so dangerous to infants is that they don't have natural gut flora (yet) to compete with the botulinum cells. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

CDC 

The Challenger explosion was foreseen by a NASA engineer.

A Challenger rocket engineer warned NASA against launching the ill-fated spacecraft. Bob Ebeling, one of the main engineers behind NASA's Challenger rocket, which exploded in 1986, revealed that NASA would not heed his warnings against launching in the cold weather. Не told his wife the night before the launch, It's going to blow up. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

NPR

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Dick Cheney’s shotgun mishap was mentioned in “Halo.”

Halo 3 honored former Vice President Dick Cheney with a special award. CI POLITIC TION The award for 10 consecutive kills with a shotgun in Halo 3 was titled Cheneymania! before it was changed to Open Season! CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Engadget 

Mickey and Minnie Mouse were married for real.

The voice actors for Mickey and Minnie Mouse are married in real life. Wayne Allwine voiced Mickey for 32 years before his death in 2009. Allwine's wife, Russi Taylor, voiced Minnie for 33 years before her death in 2019. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

LA Times 

A mouthwash ad blamed bad breath for women not getting married.

The phrase Always a bridesmaid, never a bride comes from a mouthwash ad. A Listerine mouthwash ad from the 1920s coined the phrase, Often a bridesmaid but never a bride to describe women with bad breath. + CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

Snopes

King Gilette saw a grand, socialist utopia for America.

The guy who founded Gillette wanted America to live in a city powered by Niagara Falls. King Gillette, who founded Gillette razors and their tireless pursuit of ending toxic masculinity, believed that everyone in the United States should live in a giant Socialist city called Metropolis, powered by Niagara Falls. CRACKED NOW YOU KNOW

The Guardian

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