25 Old Bits of Trivia, Which, When Adjusted for Inflation, Are the Equivalent of Reading One Actual Textbook

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25 Old Bits of Trivia, Which, When Adjusted for Inflation, Are the Equivalent of Reading One Actual Textbook

In the textbook of nuttiness, please flip to chapter “Whoa… What?!” We’ll be grading yesterday’s quiz on “Damn, that’s interesting” while you take in the random tidbits of the day. The truly bonkers ones will no doubt delight, but a quiz on “Oh my good golly, that happened in that year” is coming. You better be ready.

BARELY ANYONE SMOKED POT IN THE 1960s. Ah, the '60s. Flower power, peace and love, everyone was high... Except that by 1969, only 4% of Americans had ever tried marijuana, and a whopping 34% didn't even know what its effects were. CRACKED.COM

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WEIRD WORLD The Ukrainian Ambassador to Japan posed as a Samurai warrior. It was for a message to Russia that he tweeted - and he was in full Samurai get-up, with a katana and everything. CRACKED.COM

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WEIRD WORLD A 14-year-old tried to hire a hitman to kill her ex-boyfriend. And it didn't work, luckily, because she tried to do it via rentahitman.com, which is a fake website and which reported the case to the police. CRACKED.COM

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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles started out as a joke. One day in 1983, Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird doodled a parody of hot comic book trends back then - mutants (like Uncanny X-Men), teenage superheroes, and ninjas. Eastman and Laird put them all together, and made them talking animals to make it funnier. CRACKED.COM

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J. Jonah Jameson grew up with his stepfather, who abused his mother and him all the time. Не was a war veteran and decorated officer, and nobody suspected what he did at home. That made Jonah suspicious of anyone widely hailed as a hero. CRACKED.COM

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THRee BLIND mice, see HOW THEY RUN. IS ACTUALLY ABOUT noBLemen executed BY BLOODY MARY. Some experts say the farmer's wife is a reference to Queen Bloody Mary I and her enthusiasm for torture and death. The three mice supposedly represent three noblemen who were prosecuted for conspiring against the queen. The noblemen were burned at the stake. The blindness of the mice is thought to represent Protestantism. CRACKED.COM Albert Jack, 2009. Pop Goes the Weasel The Secret Meanings of Nursery Rhymes.

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