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15 Bizarre World Records


Note: This is a guest post contributed by List25.com. If the Olympics reminds us of anything, it’s that it’s incredibly enjoyable to watch human beings who’ve dedicated their lives to achieve what are essentially pointless records in the grand scheme of things go out and achieve them (or fail, as the case is for most). In celebration of this human […]

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Daylight Saving Time Almost Got an Innocent Student Arrested for Supposedly Making a Bomb Threat


##EMBED## In March 2007, an honor student in Pennsylvania was accused of threatening his school with a bomb.  It was later found he had actually called an automated school phone line to get information about class schedules;  someone else made the bomb threat exactly an hour later, but, due to Daylight Saving Time, the time seemed to match up to […]

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Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn Once Struck a Spectator with Foul Balls Twice in the Same At Bat, the Second Time as She was Being Carried Off on a Stretcher

Richie Ashburn

Today I found out Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn once struck a spectator twice in the same at bat with foul balls, the second time as she was being carried off on a stretcher. The event happened on August 17, 1957 during a game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Giants.  The spectator was Alice Roth.  Roth was […]

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The Founder of FedEx Once Saved the Company by Taking Its Last $5,000 and Turning It Into $32,000 by Gambling in Vegas


Today I found out the founder of FedEx once saved the company by taking its last $5,000 and turning it into $32,000 by gambling in Las Vegas. The man is Frederick W. Smith who is the founder and current CEO of FedEx.  In 1971, Smith took his personal fortune of around $4 million and raised around an additional $90 million […]

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Johnny Carson Once Caused a Month Long Toilet Paper Shortage

toilet paper shortage caused by Johnny Carson

##EMBED## Click Here to Read More Toilet Paper Facts Text Version Johnny Carson once caused a near month long toilet paper shortage in the U.S. in December of 1973.  In his show, he said, “You know what’s disappearing from the supermarket shelves?  Toilet paper… There’s an acute shortage of toilet paper in the United States.”  Americans promptly went out and […]

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Pre-Sliced Bread Was Once Banned in the United States


In 1943, Claude R. Wickard, the head of the War Foods Administration as well as the Secretary of Agriculture, got the bright idea to ban pre-sliced bread in America, which he did on January 18, 1943.  The specific reasons behind this aren’t entirely clear, though it was about conservation of resources, particularly generally thought to have been about conserving wax […]

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50% of the Ownership of Domino’s Pizza Was Once Traded for a Used Volkswagen Beetle

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Today I found out fifty percent of the ownership of Domino’s Pizza was once traded for a used Volkswagen Beetle. The year was 1961, just a little under one year after brothers Tom and James Monaghan had purchased a pizza restaurant, DomiNick’s, for $500.  After eight months of running the business as a partnership, James Monaghan got the bright idea […]

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