Who knew that there used to be pretty heavy restrictions on what women could wear in Congress? It wasn't until 1993 that pants became an acceptable article of clothing for women legislators. This is despite the fact that, in 1969, Charlotte Reid became the first woman to boldly don a pair of trousers onto the floor. When asked about it later, she said then-Minority Leader Gerald Ford told her he thought it was great and she should do it more often. Also, did you know that Bill Gates took advantage of software glitches in middle school? He and Paul Allen lost computer privileges after obtaining free computer time from the company they worked for; however, they were allowed back into the lab when they offered to debug program as well. Talk about turning lemons into lemonade! On a different note, stadiums have come a long way since their ancient Roman counterparts - which is probably a good thing seeing as how 20,000 people died during one sporting event. The tragedy occurred during a crowded gladiator game at Fidenae Stadium (8 miles north of Rome) in 27 AD when cheap wooden stadium collapsed. Needless to say, this disaster led the Senate to require stadiums be inspected and certified before use. 

Moscow Mules are made thanks to three people having ingredients they couldn’t sell separately.

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Heavy weed smokers can develop cyclical vomiting and stomach pain.

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Buffet bought controlling shares of a company out of spite for the CEO.

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Doctors were forbidden from doubling as pharmacists in 1241.

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The guy who grounded all planes in the sky on 9/11 had just started the job that day.

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A Spanish village was painted blue for the Smurfs movie, and they kept it.

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The US has a plan to keep a plane in the air for 29 years if nukes take out ground facilities.

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Newsweek was wrong about the internet, and left up the article for everyone to see.

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20,000 people died in a stadium disaster in ancient Rome.

The Roman Senate required stadiums to be inspected and certified after the worst sports disaster on record. CRACKED.COM In 27 AD, a cheap wood- en stadium in Fidenae, 8 miles north of Rome, collapsed during a crowded gladiator game and killed at least 20,000 people.

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Despite it occurring in 1969, women officially weren’t allowed to wear pants in Congress until 1993.

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