12 Trivia Tidbits for Friday, March 1, 2024

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12 Trivia Tidbits for Friday, March 1, 2024

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Hideki Matsui’s Unhinged Wedding Announcement

In 2008, the 33-year-old baseball superstar announced hed gotten married by holding up a hand-drawn picture of his new wife. All hed say is, I met somebody who felt right. That was it.

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White Charcoal: Kind of Terrifying!

Binchotan is a white charcoal that releases very little smoke, which is great for cooking, but still releases carbon monoxide, which is bad for humans. The combination means an under-ventilated room can fill up quickly with odorless poison. Still, its often used with extreme care indoors by restaurants and households.

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King Arthur’s Virginity Cloak

A baffling legend involves King Arthur allowing some random, sneaky kid to pull a TikTok prank at court. He has all the women try on his magic mantle, which contorts to reveal her favorite sex position somehow. Only one young, sickly virgin passes the test, and is given the magic mantle as a reward. She swiftly donates it to the Arthurian version of Goodwill.

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Australia’s Bizarre Unit of Measurement Is 100 Degrees Fahrenheit Worse Than Feet and Inches

America catches a lot of flak for our stubbornly stupid units of measurement. But official Australian documents refer to a sydharb, which represents the amount of water in the Sydney Harbor (562,000 megaliters). Sounds mighty useless in a recipe setting, doesnt it?

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The Pennsylvania Theme Park Turned Mob Haven Turned Makeout Point Turned Murder Grounds

The once-idyllic Dreamland Park opened in the 1930s, but closed down a couple decades later for getting tangled up with the mafia. It then became a destination for local teens to go make out in peace, until a brutal double murder shook the community in 1969.

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The 8,000-Foot-High Ultramarathon

The Badwater Ultramarathon in California starts at an elevation of -282 feet and finishes at 8,360 feet. Its 135 miles in temperatures up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. 

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Pharaohs Threatened to Speak to the Ferryman’s Manager

To cross over into Duat, ancient Egyptians believed you had to curry favor with the Ferryman. But Pharaohs believed they didnt have to debase themselves, and instead threatened to leap and sit on the wing of Thoth, meaning: Im going to talk to your boss, and hes going to smite you.

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The Super Silent Murder Sisters

Christine and Lea Papin were two maids who, in 1933, fought back against gross maltreatment and brutally attacked Madame Lancelin and her daughter. They scratched out their eyes and beat them to death, presumably in that order. They didnt try to run or hide; they just went back to their room when the ordeal was over. In court, the two were eerily silent, speaking only occasionally in monosyllabic whispers.

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Dolly Parton Maybe Didn‘t Write ‘Jolene’ and ‘I Will Always Love You’ in One Day

In 2022, Parton went on a podcast and said, I don’t really know if they were written in the same night. When we found an old tape, they were on the same cassette.

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Russia’s Ghost City

Dargavs is a large necropolis where over 100 stone structures were built in the middle ages to look like houses, giving the foggy hillside cemetery the look of a haunted village.

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London’s Torture Graffiti

All the nasty shit that went on in the Tower of London caused its inhabitants to scratch their names and cryptic messages in the wall. Still visible today are musings like As virtue maketh life, so sin causeth death and The day of death is better than the day of birth.

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NASA Stuffed a Bunch of Animals Full of Moon Rocks

To see if exposure to moon dust could somehow jack up human life, they crushed up moon rocks and stuck them inside of animals in all kinds of ways. They dumped the particles in aquariums, fed it to cockroaches and injected it into mice. Only the oysters died, but they determined that was from something non-Moon related.

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