20150418

Widows Are Bad Luck


In India, a widow is considered bad luck - otherwise, her husband wouldn’t have died. 

Elderly women in the village might call a widow “the one who ate her husband.” 

First Cousins


First cousins may marry in Utah, but only after they’re 65 years old.

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Boy Called 911 For Help


In 2006, 5-year-old Robert Turner called 911 when his mother collapsed form heart problems. 

The call taker thought he was making a prank call and told the little boy that she would send help and hung up. 

The boy waited three hours and, with his mother still unconscious, called 911 again. 

This time, a different call taker told the boy that he would get in trouble if he kept playing around. 

Scared, the boy hung up. 

His mom died.

Dispatcher Sharon Nichols was found guilty by a jury in 2008 of neglect of duty. Her criminal conviction was believed at that time to have been the first of its kind in the nation. 

She lost her job and was sentenced to one year of probation, 100 hours of community service and $450 in fines and court costs.

Similar charges were dismissed during the criminal trial against the second dispatcher, Terri Sutton, because although she accused the boy of "playing on the phone," she sent an officer to his home.

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Man caught with 93 pounds of stolen underwear


PULLMAN, Washington - In 2013, A man who reportedly said he has "a problem" was charged with theft and burglary after police said they found 93 pounds of women's panties, brassieres and other underwear at his home in this college town.

Investigators believe Garth M. Flaherty, 24, took as many as 1,500 undergarments from apartment complex laundry rooms before he caught, police Cmdr. Chris Tennant said.

A man was seen taking underwear from two laundry rooms, a witness recorded his license number, Flaherty was identified from a photographic montage and police found enough underwear to fill five garbage bags in his bedroom, Tennant said.

"He said he had a problem," Tennant said.

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Pope Innocent VIII condemned cats as evil


During the time of the Spanish Inquisition, Pope Innocent VIII condemned cats as evil and thousands of cats were burned. 

Unfortunately, the widespread killing of cats led to an explosion of the rat population, which exacerbated the effects of the Black Death.

The plague epidemic swept through Europe from 1348 through 1351, killing an estimated 25–60% of Europeans. Some estimates are as high as 2/3 of the population.

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Man And Daughter Have The World's Widest Tongues


Byron Schlenker, 47, won the jaw-dropping title for his 3.37-inch wide tongue.

To put that in context, "it's roughly more than two centimeters wider than the new iPhone 6.

Schlenker always knew his tongue was a mouthful, but didn't realize it was a record breaker until he was helping his daughter, Emily, 14, with a school project.

Looking at a copy of Guinness World Records, Schlenker saw a page featuring an Australian man with the world's widest tongue. He decided to see if his tongue was wider.

His daughter measured his tongue, and soon he was contacting Guinness.

Gigantic tongues run in the family. Emily,'s 2.89-inch tongue the world's largest for a woman.

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20150417

Oreo Cookies


Oreo cookies are actually a rip off of Hydrox cookies which came first (1908). 

Movie Trailers


In the good old days movie trailers would play after the movie. 

That's why they were called "trailers". 

20150416

Texas City Explosion 1947


On April 16, 1947, the Grandcamp, a ship which had previously been docked in Houston, was now docked in Texas City where it was being loaded with ammonium nitrate fertilizer. A fire broke out in the ship's cargo hold and continued to grow despite efforts to extinguish the flames. Then, catastrophe. At 9:12 am, the ship exploded.

The massive explosion leveled buildings nearby and even shattered windows in Houston, some forty miles away. 

In Denver, Colorado, over 900 miles away, a seismograph registered the explosion as if it were an earthquake. 

A second ship, the High Flyer, caught fire, and fifteen hours after the first devastating blast, there was another.

In addition to over three thousand injured, it is estimated that between 500 and 600 people perished in the blasts.