34 Locally Sourced, Coarse Ground, French-Pressed Bits of Trivia to Kick Off Your Day

34 Locally Sourced, Coarse Ground, French-Pressed Bits of Trivia to Kick Off Your Day

How long did Israel ban a guy from traveling? What did robbers in Minnesota hold up a bank with? What animal charted higher than Taylor Swift in Australia? Wow, you’ve got a lot of questions this morning. It’s 6 a.m., man. Calm down. Let us put some coffee on, and we’ll get those answers to you right away!

In 1985, Michael Jackson bought the publishing rights to the Beatles Catalog for $47.5 million. CRACKED.COM

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WEIRD WORLD A guy in India ordered a passport cover from Amazon, and got a passport with it. HRP REPUBLIC OF INDIA Amazingly, customer support just told him that it will not be repeated and we will instruct the seller to be very careful next time. CRACKED.COM

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WEIRD WORLD The Mexican government seized 380,000 boxes of Kellogg's cereal. The reason? According to the government, cartoons on the boxes violate laws aimed at improving childrens' diets. CRACKED.COM

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WEIRD WORLD Taylor Swift got beat out by a bunch of birds on a Top 50 list. Apparently, an album of the sounds of endangered birds, called Songs of Disappearance, was #3 on Australia's chart of top 50 albums, beating out Taylor Swift. CRACKED.COM

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Home Alone's movie-within-a-movie was shot in one day, in an abandoned high school gym. They filmed Angels with Filthy Souls on a sound stage in the New Trier West High School gymnasium (which was used for a lot of Home Alone's interior shots, too). NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

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A U.S. Navy underwater living experiment relied on a trained dolphin. SEALAB II, a 45-day mission that investigated how humans would react to living underwater, involved Tuffy the bottlenose dolphin. Tuffy was trained to take mail to people living in the underwater station, and to carry tools from the station to the divers working outside. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

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In 2003, a metal detector at the Athens airport was set off by a chastity belt. The British woman (who was flying to London) wearing the belt explained that her husband made her wear it to ensure she'd be faithful while she visited Greece. They let her board the plane. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

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The Powerball drawing on March 30, 2005, produced 110 2nd-prize winners. CRACKED.COM All 110 winners had played numbers found inside for- tune cookies. The total pay- out was $19.4 million, 89 of them receiving $100,000 each, while the other 21 re- ceived $500,000 each.

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Sinéad O'Connor refused to give a concert because organizers insisted on playing the American National Anthem. CRACKED.COM Frank Sinatra threat- ened to kick her in the ass and New Jer- sey prohibited the Irish singer from ever singing in that concert hall again.

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