History

The Emu War opposing Australia to emus occured in 1932
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The Emu War opposing Australia to emus occured in 1932


It was a military operation employing armed soldiers to reduce the number of emus that were destroying crops in Western Australia.

 



The bearded republicans!
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The bearded republicans!


Every president with a beard in the US history has been a republican

 



Armalcolite is a mineral named after astronauts of Apollo 11
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Armalcolite is a mineral named after astronauts of Apollo 11


Its name is a combination of the first letters of the names Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins. It was first brought back in 1969 from Tranquility Base on the Moon.

 



Hitler was declared Man of the year by Time Magazine in 1938
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Hitler was declared Man of the year by Time Magazine in 1938


The decision was made based on his military successes

 



Under these clothes, the real skeleton of Bentham
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Under these clothes, the real skeleton of Bentham


Philosopher Jeremy Bentham wanted his body to be preserved and exposed after his death. The head was supposed to be preserved too, but the mummification failed and it was replaced with a head made of wax

 



Project A119: The US planned a nuclear explosion on the Moon
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Project A119: The US planned a nuclear explosion on the Moon


The aim of the top-secret project A119 was to detonate a nuclear bomb on the Moon. The flash of explosive light would have been faintly visible to people on Earth with their naked eye; an US show of force after the Soviet Union took an early lead in the Space Race

 



The bubble wrap inventors originally sold it as wallpaper
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The bubble wrap inventors originally sold it as wallpaper


Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes then tried to market their product, which was two shower curtains sealed together, as greenhouse insulation before finally selling it as a packaging material. Their first client was IBM

 



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Abraham Lincoln’s pocket watch contained a secret message


Discovered in 2009, the message engraved by the watchmaker Jonathan Dillon said "Jonathan Dillon April 13-1861 Fort Sumpter [sic] was attacked by the rebels on the above date J Dillon April 13-1861 Washington thank God we have a government Jonth Dillon."

 



The yin and yang symbol was found on roman shield patterns
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The yin and yang symbol was found on roman shield patterns


Those shields predate the earliest Taoist versions of the yin and yang by almost seven hundred years

 



The long-sighted thinking of the Guinness brewery
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The long-sighted thinking of the Guinness brewery


In 1759, it signed a 9,000 year lease to use the St James Gate brewery

 



The cotton candy machine was invented by a dentist
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The cotton candy machine was invented by a dentist


Ironically, William James Morrison was a dentist from Nashville, Tennessee

 



The iconic Hollywood sign was originally "Hollywoodland"
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The iconic Hollywood sign was originally “Hollywoodland”


It was created as an advertisement for a local real estate development in 1923

 



There once was a nuclear power plant in the McMurdo Station in Antarctica
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There once was a nuclear power plant in the McMurdo Station in Antarctica


Launched in 1962, its reactor generated 1.8 MW of electrical power and is said to have replaced the need for 5,700 l of oil per day. It was shut down for safety reasons in 1972

 



You could get around Prohibition with a medical prescription
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You could get around Prohibition with a medical prescription


It was possible to get a prescription for medicinal alcohol from physicians. This was one of the rare legal exceptions to the 13-year ban initiated in 1920 in the U.S

 



The designer of the Game boy was hired for maintenance work
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The designer of the Game boy was hired for maintenance work


Gunpei Yokoi was hired by Nintendo in 1965 to be a machine maintenance man and was noticed by the president of Nintendo because of the toy he had managed to make during his spare time