Odd But True But Oddly True

Check out these amazing facts. Some are incredible and some are strange but all are true.

Chuck Norris’s mother dressed him as a girl until he was six years old.

For his work entertaining the troops during World War II, ventriloquist dummy Charlie McCarthy was Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Harry Truman.

Adjusted for inflation, the highest paid athlete of the 20th century was cricketer John Bacon.

More papers ran the obituary of Rin Tin Tin on the front page than the obituary of President Calvin Coolidge.

It is believed juggling originated in the 11th or 12th century as a dexterity exercise for archers.

After the car that bore his name became a huge commercial failure, Edsel B. Ford became so depressed he refused to drive again.

Since 2012, the University of Auckland has offered a degree in air guitar.

Napoleon loved mayonnaise and insisted it be served at every meal.

There are eight traffic lights in the Serbian village of Degurić, yet no cars are allowed.

The term “bromance” was first used in a short story by Arthur C. Clarke.

Many American municipalities outlawed the rhumba when it was first brought over from Cuba in the 19th century.

J. Edgar Hoover had Mary Kay investigated for racketeering.

The Rubik’s Cube was originally created as a model of four dimensional space.

While attending Columbia University in 1983, Barack Obama entered a Ms. Pac-Man tournament. He came in second.

It is impossible to cry underwater.

If dust mites were the size of guinea pigs, they would devour all living matter within a day.

95% of counterfeiters are never caught.

Animator Ralph Bashki, director the X-rated cartoon Fritz The Cat, also created the popular advertising character Charlie the Tuna.

In most original versions of Hansel and Gretel, the children kill the witch but continue to lure unsuspecting children to feast on them.

Famous people born with a vestigial tail include comedian Will Ferrell, singer Jim Morrison, quarterback Brett Favre and politician Mitch McConnell.

The Italian Crested Newt can regenerate any lost body part – even it’s head if the basal ganglia is still attached.

Fantasy sports in the US takes in more money than the Gross National Products of the entire European Union.

Egyptian pharaohs would often keep bodily fluids in Canopic jars when they were alive so that they could have access to them in the afterlife.

Manhattan Clam Chowder is not named after the New York borough but for the Chicago hotel in which it was first served.

Timothy Leary was once a contestant on The Dating Game.

In 1938, Boy Scout troop 245 went hiking in Hockomock Swamp in Massachusetts. The troop emerged four months later, while claiming only a day had passed.

PETA once circulated an online petition to have animal crackers banned.

All primates are capable of being tickled except for tarsiers.


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