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Strange But True

* It’s illegal to kill Bigfoot in British Columbia. That is, if you ever actually run across him. * In March 2019, the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans celebrated its 125th anniversary by offering a free seven-night stay in the presidential suite,...

 

Strange But True: August 20, 2020

* A tarantula discovered in 2015 near Folsom Prison, California, was given the scientific name “Aphonopelma johnnycashi” after Johnny Cash, in honor of his song “Folsom Prison Blues.” * For that matter, “The Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin...

 

Strange But True: August 13, 2020

* A Florida waitress was promised a new Toyota after winning a sales contest at her restaurant, but was given a toy Yoda, a “Star Wars” doll, instead. She sued the company, and received more than enough to buy herself a new Toyota. * Alchemist...

 
 By Lucie Winbourne    Games    July 23, 2020

Strange But True: July 23, 2020

* In July 1999, four ladybugs and their favorite food, aphids, were sent into space on NASA's Columbia space shuttle to research how aphids escaped the ladybugs without the aid of gravity. * The first documented use of toilet paper comes from...

 
 By Lucie Winbourne    Games    July 16, 2020

Strange But True: July 16, 2020

* Sir Cecil Chubb, a wealthy and highly respected barrister, really raised the bar for birthday gifts when he purchased Stonehenge (yes, you read that right) for his wife after World War I. But was she suitably impressed? Apparently not -- what she...

 
 By Lucie Winbourne    Games    May 14, 2020

Strange But True: May 14, 2020

* A swarm of 20,000 bees followed a car for two days because their queen was inside the vehicle. The insects were removed by a beekeeper after the car was parked, but were back the next day, as the queen was still inside. * Peter Ostrum, who...

 

Strange But True: March 12, 2020

* In the mood for a looong vacation? Consider the planet Uranus. Its summer lasts 21 Earth years. * It takes 700 gallons of water to make a cotton shirt. To put that in perspective, the amount of water needed to make a T-shirt is enough for one...

 

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