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The Olympic Swimmer Who Had Never Been in a Pool Until a Few Months Before Competing in the Olympics

The Olympic Swimmer Who Had Never Been in a Pool Until a Few Months Before Competing in the Olympics

Daven Hiskey December 20, 2012 2

The man was Eric Moussambani Malonga, later nicknamed “Eric the Eel”.  Moussambani is from Equatorial Guinea in Africa and only managed to get into the Olympics at all because of a wildcard drawing system put

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The Odd Eating Habits of Marlon Brando

The Odd Eating Habits of Marlon Brando

Eddie Deezen November 22, 2012 12

He is one of the most admired actors in the history of the movies. Marilyn Monroe called him “the sexiest man” she had ever seen. And if you watch his early, incredible performances in

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How “The Birdman of Alcatraz” Got His Name

How “The Birdman of Alcatraz” Got His Name

Noreen November 22, 2012 3

The real name of the “Birdman” was Robert Franklin Stroud. Seattle born Stroud ran away from home at the age of 13 and was first arrested in 1909 at the age of 19 after

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The Final Day in the Life of Orson Wells

The Final Day in the Life of Orson Wells

Eddie Deezen November 19, 2012 1

On October 9, 1985, the great director and actor, Orson Welles, was scheduled to appear on “The Merv Griffin Show”, one of TV’s most popular talk shows. Griffin had actually met Welles years before

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Abraham Lincoln the Animal Lover

Abraham Lincoln the Animal Lover

Eddie Deezen November 14, 2012 1

Perhaps the most popular and beloved U.S. President, Abraham Lincoln is famous for many of his great and historic deeds. As these have been frequently documented, there seems no reason to repeat them here.

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The Mass Murdering Warlord Turned Christian Evangelist Who Was Known as General Butt Naked

The Mass Murdering Warlord Turned Christian Evangelist Who Was Known as General Butt Naked

Dan Lewis October 15, 2012 10

This is a guest post by Dan Lewis. Dan runs the wildly popular daily newsletter Now I Know (“Learn Something New Every Day, By Email”). To subscribe to his daily email, click here. Today

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Steve Jobs’ First Business was Selling Blue Boxes that Allowed Users to Get Free Phone Service Illegally

Steve Jobs’ First Business was Selling Blue Boxes that Allowed Users to Get Free Phone Service Illegally

Daven Hiskey October 5, 2012 10

Today I found out Steve Jobs’ first business was selling “blue boxes” that allowed users to get free phone service illegally. These boxes were designed in 1972 by Jobs’ close friend and future co-founder

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Kurt Russell Played Minor League Baseball Until an Injury Ended His Career

Kurt Russell Played Minor League Baseball Until an Injury Ended His Career

Daven Hiskey September 7, 2012 3

Today I found out Kurt Russell was a minor league baseball player until an injury ended his career. While the Russell family is mostly known for their acting, “Baseball is really the family business

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There Once was a 17 Year Old Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig Back to Back

There Once was a 17 Year Old Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig Back to Back

Daven Hiskey July 12, 2012 20

Today I found out there once was a girl who struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in succession. What’s even more impressive about that was neither Ruth nor Gehrig managed to even get

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As a Teenager, the Inventor of PEZ Created One of the World’s First Ready-Made Cake Mixes

As a Teenager, the Inventor of PEZ Created One of the World’s First Ready-Made Cake Mixes

Daven Hiskey June 19, 2012 0

Today I found out, as a teenager, the inventor of the PEZ confectionery created one of the world’s first ready-made cake mixes, popularly selling it throughout the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The teenager was Eduard Haas

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The Female Prostitute That Rose to Become One of the Most Powerful Pirates in History and Whose Armada Took on the Chinese, British, and Portuguese Navies… and Won

The Female Prostitute That Rose to Become One of the Most Powerful Pirates in History and Whose Armada Took on the Chinese, British, and Portuguese Navies… and Won

Daven Hiskey June 13, 2012 16

Today I found out about the prostitute that rose to command a huge armada that controlled the South Chinese Sea and the Guangdong province. While female pirates weren’t uncommon off the coast of Asia

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During WWII, Lyudmila Pavlichenko Sniped a Confirmed 309 Axis Soldiers, Including 36 German Snipers

During WWII, Lyudmila Pavlichenko Sniped a Confirmed 309 Axis Soldiers, Including 36 German Snipers

Daven Hiskey June 2, 2012 9

Today I found out Lyudmila Pavlichenko sniped a confirmed 309 Axis soldiers, including 36 German snipers, during WWII. While most of the world shied away from putting women on the front line, the Soviet

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The Actress Who Played TV’s “Blossom” Now Has a PhD in Neuroscience

The Actress Who Played TV’s “Blossom” Now Has a PhD in Neuroscience

Daven Hiskey April 24, 2012 4

Today I found out the actress who played TV’s “Blossom” has a PhD in Neuroscience. After starring in the TV show Blossom, Mayim Bialik decided to go to college rather than continue her acting

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A 17 Year Old Girl Survived a 2 Mile Fall Without a Parachute, then Trekked Alone 10 Days Through the Peruvian Rainforest

A 17 Year Old Girl Survived a 2 Mile Fall Without a Parachute, then Trekked Alone 10 Days Through the Peruvian Rainforest

Scott April 11, 2012 10

Today I found out that a 17 year old girl survived a 2 mile fall from a plane without a parachute, then trekked alone 10 days through the Peruvian rainforest. On Christmas Eve, 1971,

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Chuck Norris’ First Name is Actually Carlos

Chuck Norris’ First Name is Actually Carlos

Daven Hiskey April 3, 2012 3

Today I found out Chuck Norris’ first name is actually Carlos. “Chuck” Norris was born Carlos Ray Norris all the way back in 1940 (yes, he’s 72 years old now and even recently had

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Charlie Sheen Once Bought 2,615 Tickets to a Major League Baseball Game so He Could Improve His Odds of Catching a Home Run Ball

Charlie Sheen Once Bought 2,615 Tickets to a Major League Baseball Game so He Could Improve His Odds of Catching a Home Run Ball

Jon March 7, 2012 4

Note: This is a guest article contributed by frequent TIFO visitor and owner of Daily Random Facts, Jon. Today I found out Charlie Sheen once bought 2,615 tickets to a single Angels’ baseball game,

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Ron Jeremy was a Special Education Teacher Before Pursuing a Career as an Adult Film Actor

Ron Jeremy was a Special Education Teacher Before Pursuing a Career as an Adult Film Actor

Daven Hiskey February 21, 2012 8

Today I found out Ron Jeremy was a special-ed teacher before pursuing a career as an adult film actor. In college, as an undergraduate, Ron Jeremy earned both a B.A. in education and a

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Dick Van Dyke was Once Saved by Porpoises When He Found Himself Lost at Sea on a Surfboard

Dick Van Dyke was Once Saved by Porpoises When He Found Himself Lost at Sea on a Surfboard

Daven Hiskey February 20, 2012 3

Today I found out Dick Van Dyke was once saved by porpoises when he found himself lost at sea on a surfboard. In his younger years, Dick Van Dyke frequently spent time surfing.  In

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