27.8.13

And yet again, some more useless facts



Turtles often bury their eggs in alligator nests. The mother alligator guards her nest so well it ensures the safety of the unborn turtles as well.

Former First Brother Roger Clinton had his share of embarrassing incidents, including an appearance in the film Bio-Dome.

The first football helmet was constructed by an Annapolis shoemaker at the request of cadet Joseph Mason Reeves, who'd been told that one more blow to the head would end his naval career.

During the year 1881, three men served as President of the United States: Rutherford B. Hayes, James Garfield, and Chester A. Arthur

In the Disney version of The Little Mermaid, Ariel and her sassy crab friend, Sebastian, overcome the wicked sea witch, and Ariel then swims off to marry the man of her dreams. However, in the original tale, the mermaid’s fins-for-feet exchange comes at a price—namely, that every step on her new legs causes her excruciating pain. And that’s not even the worst part—in the end, the prince marries someone else.

In 1557, European doctors recommended smoking to combat bad breath and cancer.

When Mom told you not to eat apple seeds, she had good reason. From peaches to cherries, many fruit seeds contain cyanogenenic glycosides, which turn into cyanide gas during digestion. In the last 50 years, at least nine people in Turkey have died of cyanide poisoning from gorging on apricots.

Author F. Scott Fitzgerald's full name was Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, named after a distant cousin who happened to write "The Star-Spangled Banner".

Reclusive millionaire Howard Hughes put his engineering skills to work in 1941 when he cast Jane Russell as the lead in his film The Outlaw. He designed a special half-cup, underwire, and cantilevered brassiere to highlight her…talent.

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