Updated: 8:29 PM UTC, Jul 16, 2017

October 1867 in Alaska - the Shortest Month in History

The state of Alaska, which boasts the largest American reserve of hydrocarbons, was bought by the US from Russia in October of 1867 for 7.2 million dollars. The month of October that year only lasted three weeks, due to the switch from the Russian Julian calendar to the American Gregorian calendar (passing from October 7 - 18).

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Traci Lord, Porn Star of the 1980s Reveals A Secret

Traci Lord (born Nora Louise Kuzma; May 7, 1968), the highest paid star of porn flicks in the 80s was apparently a minor during her heyday. Using a friend's ID to hide her real age, she became the most popular actress in the adult film industry.

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It's Good To Be The Voice Of The Simpson Characters

Some actors who are playing character voices in the series "The Simpsons" are paid a fortune. Dan Castellaneta, who plays Homer and Nancy Cartwright, who plays Bart are paid more than $250,000 per episode.

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Nadal, Right-Handed Yet Serves with the Left

Rafael Nadal, one of the greatest tennis players of all times serves with his left hand. Yet off the court, he reverts to being right-handed. As a youngster, he played tennis equally well with both hands. As his strength increased in his left hand, he made the decision to always play in this manner.

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Do You Know the Difference Between Cyclones, Hurricanes and Typhoons?

Hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons are all the same weather phenomenon; we just use different names for these storms in different locations. In the Atlantic and Northeast Pacific, the term “hurricane” is used.

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Michael Jackson And The Beatles Song Catalog

Beatles songs do not belong to the living Beatles. (Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr). Neither to the families (John Lennon and George Harrison) for that matter, because Michael Jackson bought the copyrights  for the music in 1985. He acquired the rights for a paltry $45 million, to the chagrin of Paul McCartney. The catalog is presently valued at more than a billion dollars.

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The Real Story of Inspector Gadget’s Mustache

In the beginning, the hero of the cartoon Inspector Gadget was intended to have a mustache. However, the creators decided to eliminate it (rather than risk a lawsuit) as the principal character bore a striking resemblance to Inspector Clouseau of the famous Pink Panther films.

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The Last Judgment By Michelangelo Was Censored

In 1564, the Church retouched "the Last Judgement" painted by Michelangelo on the wall of the Sistine Chapel a few years earlier, to cover the nudes that caused a scandal. The Church spoke to Daniele Volterra, so that he covered the genitals of the characters. These additions are still in place today. These alterations earned Volterra the nickname "Il Braghettone" ("the breeches maker").

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Dennis Bergkamp - The Non-Flying Dutchman

Dennis Bergkamp, a Dutch soccer player who was consistent star athlete for the Arsenal team, missed a lot of games. He suffered from a fear of flying, often preventing him from participating in away games, except when it was possible to travel by train or car to reach the match venue. His nickname was "The non-flying Dutchman".

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Sherlock Holmes Never Said "Elementary My Dear Watson''

The phrase "elementary my dear Watson" does not appear in any of Sir Arthur Conan Doyles novels of the adventures of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes. This phrase was only used in the television adaptations that have famously coined the phrase.

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Strange Scientific Fact - Water Does Not Always Boil at 212 degrees F.

Water does not always boil at the usual 212 degrees Fahrenheit (100 degrees). It depends primarily on atmospheric pressure and related conditions. Therefore, high in the mountains, water will boil at an inferior temperature (and more quickly) as the pressure is lower, contrary to the water in a kettle.

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Fallen Astronaut - The Work of Art on The Moon

Yes indeed, there is a work of art on the Moon. This aluminum sculpture of an astronaut in a spacesuit measures a little more than 3 inches and  commemorates astronauts and cosmonauts who have died in the advancement of space exploration. It was placed there by the crew of Apollo 15 on August 1, 1971.

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