20 Now-You-Know Facts That Lifted Our Spirits

20 Now-You-Know Facts That Lifted Our Spirits

George Lucas, the mastermind behind Star Wars, was actually rejected from the US Air Force because of his speeding tickets. Can you imagine George as a pilot instead of a movie director? It almost happened, but he had too many traffic violations to join in 1967 after graduating with a BFA in film. He was later drafted into Vietnam but once again couldn't serve due to diabetes. On a different note, did you know that dogs were sent to protect penguins on an Australian island? A single farmer saved the penguin population by using Maremma dogs to keep foxes away - over ten years not a single penguin was eaten! That's one impressive dog-sitter. Lastly, the metal cover of the Nick time capsule (buried in 1992 and meant to be opened in 50 years) was bought at action for $19,200 recently. The time capsule contained books, rollerblades and movies among other things, all carefully chosen by Nickelodeon employees back in 1992 before their studio closed down. 

An Airman in 2009 woke up from gallbladder surgery with both legs amputated.

In 2009, Airman Colton Read went in for gallbladder surgery and woke up with both legs amputated. CRACKED.COM Military doctors punc- tured his aorta and waited 8.5 hours to get him proper medical care. Read isn't legally allowed to sue for damages.

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The British army created battalions for short soldiers.

The British army created units of short people during WWI. RECRUITING OFFICE JOS MY ONCE CRACKED.COM The British army low- ered the minimum height requirement from 5 feet 3 inches to 5 feet in response to protests and created the 'Bantam Battalions.'

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Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers escaped Manhattan on boats on 9/11.

The 9/11 Boatlift after the 2001 terrorist attacks saved 500,000 people. U. S. COACRACKED.COM When all transport out of the city was shut down, boat owners managed to transport over half a million peo- ple from Manhattan Is- land.

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A burglar broke into a cartoonist’s house, which was a mistake.

A burglar was caught after his 82-year-old victim drew a caricature of him. CRACKED.COM Australian cartoonist Wil- liam Ellis Green called the police after confronting the intruder, and produced a pen and paper to quickly capture his likeness. The criminal was soon appre- hended.

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Getty sold images that had been donated royalty-free to the Library of Congress.

Getty Images sold unauthórized licenses of photos donated to the Library of Congress. CRACKED.COM Carol Highsmith donated 100,000 of these images and then received a letter from Getty, demanding $120 for displaying them on her personal website. Highsmith sued for $1 bil- lion, but lost.

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Oswald the Lucky Rabbit is Mickey Mouse’s ancestor.

Mickey Mouse is based off of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. GRACKED.COM Walt Disney created Oswald but rights to the character were taken by Universal Stu- dios. Walt created Mickey Mouse as a replacement and made sure all future charac- ters were owned directly by Disney.

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Dogs were sent to protect penguins on an Australian island.

A single farmer saved the penguin population on an Australian island. GRAGKED.COM Foxes nearly wiped out the population of fairy pen- guins, so a chicken farmer named Swampy Marsh sent Maremma dogs to protect them. Over the next ten years, not a single penguin was eaten.

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The universe just won’t let George Lucas serve his country.

George Lucas was turned down from the US Air Force because of his speeding tickets. CRACKED.COM Lucas tried joining in 1967, after he graduated with a BFA in film, but had too many traffic citations. Не was later drafted into Viet- nam but was once again turned away due to his dia- betes.

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