- reason the Toronto Maple Leafs are not called the Maple “Leaves” is because the name was chosen in honor of the Maple Leaf Regiment from WWI. Since the regiment is a proper noun, its plural is Maple Leafs and not Leaves.
- Ben Affleck dropped out of college after his creative writing teacher ridiculed an early draft of the Good Will Hunting screenplay.
- a New Mexico man tried to kill a mouse that he had caught in a glue trap by burning it alive on a pile of burning leaves. Instead, the fire melted the glue, freeing the flaming mouse which then ran back inside the man’s home and started a fire which burned the house down
- the phrase “giving my two-cents” comes from the days when a postage stamp cost 2¢ and so referred to the cost of sending a letter to the editor, the president, or whoever.
- the Hubble Telescope’s mirrors are ground so precisely that if they were scaled up to be the size of Earth, the largest bump would be 6 inches tall.
- when Mossad agents discovered Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann was hiding in Argentina, they kidnapped him off the street in broad daylight and smuggled him back to Israel on a commercial flight by drugging him and dressing him as a flight attendant.
- the three mile limit for international waters was created as this was the maximum distance a cannon ball could travel from the shore.
- Exposure to platinum causes snails to turn into slugs
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