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Post your random and/or obscure facts here. :)

Also, let me know if there is already a similar thread. I couldn't find it using search.
 

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In the US, old school Mexican gang members and leaders tend to actually prefer "oldies" music from the 1950's, rather then rap.
 

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ive heard a lot that during World War 2 the US was never invaded (Pearl Harbor does not count since the US was not in the war yet). Well both Guam and the Philippine islands were invaded by the Japanese. If two territories don't count as the US having an invasion then the Aleutian Islands Campaign in Alaska brings an invasion into one of its 50 states.
 

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Alaska was not a state until 1958.
 

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Apparently they don't teach American History in Las Vegas! :b
 

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The Spanish were the first to create concentration camps, which they used to control Cuba in 1895.
Note: It's obvious they were not successful....
 

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The word "decimate" comes from the Roman military practice called "decimatio." When a certain unit of the army needed to be punished, usually for things like cowardice or desertion, the soldiers drew lots, and 1 in 10 would be killed without exception.
 

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The expression 'saved by the bell' developed 100+ years ago when people were terrified of being buried alive. Lots of graves had a bell with a string attached on them. The string led through the ground and a hole in the coffin's lid into the coffin. Should the person not have been dead at burial and wake up they would pull the string, the bell would go off and they would be dug up.

Edit: add: There were actually cases when that happened.
 

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oh, and the term 'graveyard shift' is linked to that. They used to pay people to sit on graveyards at night in case someone rang a bell.
 

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Alcohol does not kill brain cells. It slows the production of new brain cells (so abuse of alcohol hampers its processes). Studies show that alcohol in moderation can actually help more brain cells form.
 

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A picture of Gandalf the Grey (from The Lord of the Rings) can be seen in the collection of great wizards in Professor Dumbledore's study in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
 

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This one is great for parties:

"Did you know that most statistics are made up on the spot 85% of the time? 95% of the time it works all the time."

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the correct pronunciation for Cherokee is:

tso - lo - ge, accent on the "e"
 

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Atlas did not carry the world on his shoulders - he carried the heavens. The globe he is seen with is the celestial sphere, not the terrestrial. :yes
 
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