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When Blackbeard captured the ship that would become Queen Anne’s Revenge, there were 455 African slaves aboard. Many of the Africans chose to become pirates rather than become slaves. At the time of Blackbeard’s death, 1/3 of his crew were former slaves.


Out of 489 known shark species, only 3 are accountable for double digit fatalities.  The last 3 fatalities in the United States occurred in 2015, 2013, and 2013 respectively and all in Hawaii by what were presumed to be Tiger Sharks.


Junius Booth preached that all life was sacred, even that of a housefly, and once held a funeral for pigeons. Junius died 13-years before his son John Wilkes assassinated President Abraham Lincoln.





The fax machine was invented the same year as the Oregon trail migration. It was invented in 1843 by a Scottish mechanic named Alexander Bain. This early model used a combination of synchronized pendulums, electric probes and electrochemically sensitive paper to scan documents, and then send the information over a series of wires to be reproduced. At this same time, the “Great Migration” on the Oregon trail began, when a wagon train of about 1,000 migrants began to travel west.


The 1969 moon landing was accomplished with computers less powerful than the laptop I am currently typing on.

Many members of the cast of Seinfeld have done well for themselves. Here’s the estimated net worth of 7 of the co-stars:
Jerry Seinfeld – 870-million
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Elaine) – 200-million
Jason Alexander (George) – 50-million
Michael Richards (Kramer) – 48-million
Jerry Stiller (George’s dad) – 12.5-million
John Hurley (J Peterman) – 8.5-million
Wayne Knight (Newman) – 8-million


ÒSeinfeld: Season 7Ó (Sony, 24 episodes, four discs, $49.95) has, among others, ÒThe Maestro,Ó ÒThe Sponge,Ó ÒThe Soup NaziÓ and ÒThe InvitationsÓ (that is, the unfortunate stamp-licking end of George’s fiancee Susan).(Handout/MCT)

The modern day battery was invented 1-year after George Washington died.


Cleopatra lived closer in time to the moon landing than the construction of the pyramids.


France was still using the guillotine when the first Star Wars came out.
And here’s the lucky guy . . .

At the time the pyramids were built, woolly mammoths were still walking the earth. The last of the wooly mammoth died out around 1700 B.C. on Russia’s Wrangel Island. In Egypt, the Pyramids of Giza were built around 4,000 years ago, although there have been claims that they’re even older. This also means that Cleopatra’s time on Earth is actually closer to us in history than to the construction of the pyramids. Mind? Blown.



The Battle of Gettysburg was the costliest battle of the Civil War, with 51,112 casualties. By comparison, there were 58,220 American deaths during the entire Vietnam War.


During the Civil War, Robert E. Lee’s horse Traveller became so famous that his mane and tail became thin from people plucking the hair as souvenirs.


The night George Washington crossed the Delaware and defeated the Hessians, Hessian Commander Johann Gottlieb Rall had been warned of the attack through a note sent by a local loyalist. He never read it. It was found in his pocket after his death that night.


The first world leader to initiate an anti-smoking campaign was Adolf Hitler.


In the recent NBA Finals won by the Golden State Warriors, Cleveland’s starters outscored Golden State’s by 19. However, Golden State’s bench outscored Cleveland’s by 53.


If you could drive your car straight up, you’d reach outer space in about an hour.


Alcohol makes up 23% of all sales at Buffalo Wild Wings.



We have explored less than 5% of the world’s oceans.


Diseases often jump from animals to humans. Smallpox, measles and probably tuberculosis came from cattle, influenza from birds and pigs, whooping cough from pigs or dogs, malaria from chickens and ducks, ebola from bats, and HIV from monkeys and chimps.


In a study by the Smell & Taste Research Foundation, the scent women found most arousing was Good & Plenty candy mixed with cucumber.


The entire state of Wyoming only has two escalators.


A-n-d, here they are.

Before settling on the Seven Dwarfs we know today, Disney also considered Chesty, Tubby, Burpy, Deafy, Hickey, Wheezy, and Awful. Is  it me or are these names better? I’d have loved to have seen Chesty and Awful. The mind reels.

Dr. Ruth, whose real name is Ruth Westheimer, was trained as a sniper by the Israeli military. She was also a Holocaust survivor, but you probably know her as a world famous sex therapist. Hell of an interesting life right there.



The Lebowski-inspired Church of the Latter-Day Dude says it has ordained over 400,000 Dudeist priests. On a related note, I have found my calling. Here’s the actual link: The Church of the Latter-Day Dude. I’m all in, bro. After all, the Dude abides.