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Abraham Lincoln was a trash-talking wrestler in the army. As a president, Lincoln was a patient leader, but as a young adult, he'd kick your ass. Duri

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Due to fire, decay, negligence, or deliberate destruction, TOIIO 75% of all American CRACKED.COM silent movies no longer exist.

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Walt Disney himself helped to design a Mickey Mouse gas mask Though few remain, you can find several on display in Various museums in the United State

Hurricane Katrina improved children's health in New Orleans. Hurricane Katrina stirred up the sediment in Lake Pontchartrain to such a degree that whe

CDAOT A two-inch drop caused the Apollo 13 crisis. An oxygen tank was dropped, but inspections turned up only inconsequential damage, so it was approv

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Vaseline originated as a byproduct of the oil drilling Veseloe process. In 1859, British chemist Robert Augustus Chesebrough visited a small town in P

THE BEATLES OFFICIALLY ENDED ON DISNEY PROPERTY. IN 1974, ON VACATION AT DISNEY'S POLYNESIAN VILLAGE RESORT, JOHN LENNON SIGNED THE CONTRACT THAT DISS

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During WWII, brothers Rudolf and Adolf Adi Dassler manufactured boots for the German soldiers, as well anti-tank as weapons. F Panzerschreck Adolf p

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Isaac Newton was a waiter. Until he got an undergraduate scholarship, he waited tables at Cambridge.

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Henry Ford tried to end WWI by sailing to Europe on a Peace Ship. He sailed with a group of pacifists and reporters, planning to convince European s

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MOUNT RUSHMORE WASN'T ORIGINALLY INTENDED TO BE A NATIONAL MONUMENT. THE INITIAL IDEA WAS JUST TO HAVE GIANT SCULPTURES THAT WOULD ATTRACT THOUSANDS O

Arie-l, Britain's very first satellite, was put into orbit on April 26, 1962. It was asaccidentally destroyed weeks later after the US military detona

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Apollo missions increased the moon's temperature by 1-3 degrees Fahrenheit. Dust on the surface is lighter than the soil underneath, and astronauts wa

Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol just to quickly make some cash. E EE E E In the fall of 1843, Dickens was in debt, his wife had just given birth to th

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What really crashed in Roswell in 1947? Pictured is a radar target from a balloon. The US Army Air Force was working on a balloon project at the time

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Ernesto Che' Guevara was also nicknamed E/ Chancho The Pig)... Because he seldom bathed.

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In a major blow to science, the first 000 U.S. patents were lost in a fire. Copies of some were found, but most are forever lost, including the first

When The Thinker statue is brought up in conversations, you imagine a huge, lonesome statue of a thinking man. However, the original statue is a very

76 years later, we know what set fire to the Hindenburg: static electricity. After performing experiments with scale models, and reviewing archive foo

Chuck E. Cheese's existence was an accident. PzzA TIME CHUCKECHEESE'S WheteicanbeAkid. Nolan Bushnell was planning on creating a coyote mascot for his

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A Hollywood movie brought the KKK back to life. The BIRTH OF A NATION In 1871, Ulysses S. Grant eradicated the Ku Klux Klan as an organization. In 191
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