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Proud American-Random Facts List

1. Wal-Mart, Coca-Cola, American Airlines and two other corporations released a movie called Proud American in 2008. The movie featured an overly-patriotic storyline about the wonders of American life. It was a failure, and became IMDB’s worst movie of the 2000’s. – Source

2. J.R.R. Tolkien was rejected for a Nobel Prize because of ‘poor storytelling’. – Source

3. L. Ron Hubbard was quoted saying “Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wanted to make a million dollars, the best way to do it would be to start his own religion,” years before starting Scientology – Source

4. In WWII, the US Army asked Americans to loan their dogs to the war effort. The dogs’ handlers even sent letters home to their owners for Christmas and to inform them of their dog’s performance throughout the war. – Source

5. Restaurants often serve a fish called Escolar, disguised to be Tuna on the menu. Eating too much of this fish, more than 6 ounces, will cause explosive, oily, uncontrollable orange diarrhea. Accidents can also happen while passing gas. – Source

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Pledge of allegiance-Random Facts List

6. The pledge of allegiance in schools was conceived by a businessman, who wanted to sell flags. – Source

7. Gordon Ramsay challenged James May from Top Gear to eat three delicacies as a “test of a man.” The third delicacy was rotten shark, which Ramsay spat out, while May finished and responded, “You disappoint me, Ramsay.” – Source

8. There have been numerous instances of people getting cockroach infestations after cable companies installed used cable boxes in their homes – Source

9. In 2012, Stephen Hawking tried to find potential time travelers by throwing a party and only sending out invitations after the party. – Source

10. The US government paid $200 billion dollars to cable companies to provide the US with Fiber optic internet. They took the money and didn’t do anything with it. – Source

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Calvin and Hobbes-Random Facts List

11. Bill Watterson (creator of Calvin and Hobbes) refused to merchandise his creations on the grounds that it would devalue the characters and their personalities – Source

12. North Korea has a “three generations of punishment” system, where individuals found guilty of a crime are sent to the labor camps with their entire family. The subsequent two generations of that family are born in the camp and live their lives locked up inside. – Source

13. Russell Crowe was born in New Zealand not Australia. However, despite living most of his life in Australia, identifying as Australian, and appearing on Australian stamps, he was refused Australian citizenship in 2006 and 2013. – Source

14. Human beings are the only primates whose numbers are not in decline – Source

15. A “buttload” is a real measurement equating to 108 Imperial gallons or 2 Hogsheads – Source