Hans Moretti catches rifle bullet in his teeth......Penn & Teller both catch bullets in their teeth
Here's a joke you can play on a know-it-all: ask them if they would rather have $100 or a penny a day for a month, doubled. This riddle has been around for many years so they will probably choose the latter, but note the wording. A penny a day for a month, doubled, would be 1 cent times 30 days times two, or 60 cents! Here's a 31-day list of how much you would make if it doubled every day for 31 days
During Hurricane Ike, the worst one of 2008, a church in Crystal Beach, Texas, provided sanctuary for several people and an African lion from the local zoo. As of 2008, about one fifth of the world's population was unable to read or write in any language.
In old England, fruitcake was so prized that it was the traditional cake used for weddings. But Italians don't like it: a joke possibly 100 years old says that the recipe for fruitcake was given to an English nun by the devil disguised as a black cat.
Eracleara, Italy, has banned sand castles.
A bank in Vernal, Utah, was built entirely with bricks sent by mail in 1916 because teamsters charged more per pound to deliver them by wagon than the cost in U.S. postage! Women have no trouble believing this one: on 11/16/09, Eric Steward of Yaas, Australia, got lost when he went out to get a newspaper and drove 370 miles before stopping to ask for directions
Mosquitoes are not native to Hawaii. They were brought there in a barrel of tepid water by Captain Cook after a run-in with native warriors on a previous visit. And parts of Hawaii that used to be quiet at night are now covered with thousands of frogs per acre descended from a pair that hitch-hiked in on potted plants.
In New Zealand, the 2009 Mitsubishi pickup trucks are promoted as "hardy, versatile units" and come with a free premium: a goat. The current tax rate on businesses in the Congo is 230% according to the World Bank
There has never been a single known attack on humans in the wild by an orca, the "killer whale." In fact, Jacques Cousteau was filming a pod of orcas when a great white shark showed up. All the divers were ordered out of the water and the next thing they knew, a pair of orca swam up to the side of the Calypso, with the shark in one's mouth. Cousteau remarked that it looked like a proud cat showing off a mouse it just caught.
The Pliosaur roamed the oceans millions of years ago and were up to 50 feet long, with a toothy snout large enough to bite a car in half. The Glass Catfish of the Orient has a transparent body, revealing its bones and spine. A microcalorimeter used at the University of Montreal can measure the temperature of a fly's breath. There are at least a million different species of insects in the world. This is "morse code" in morse code -- --- .-. ... . / -.-. --- -.. .
The old toll bridge between New York and City Island was built in 1873 of timber salvaged from the 90-gun battleship "North Carolina." In Egypt a Pasha named Mohammed Ali was aware that some men avoided the draft by blinding themselves in one eye, so in 1840 he formed two infantry regiments of one-eyed soldiers: he died insane in 1849 but the regiment lasted another 50 years.
The human skeleton continues to grow until age 25 when the collarbone finishes maturing, and insurance companies charge higher rates to drivers under the age of 26 because they are more immature and have more accidents. Rev. Darrell Best of Shelbyville ILL, has built a mobile wedding chapel on the chassis of a 1942 fire truck.
Swans have more feathers than any other bird, the official count on one was 25,216 feathers. Emperor WU TI ruled China 47 years until 449 AD, though he left the throne to become a Buddhist monk 3 times; the final time he could not be persuaded to return and died a monk. Judge Abraham Fuller (1729-94) was opposed to debt and when a physician came to write out his death certificate, the doctor's fee was already clenched in the dead man's hand. A man in the Bhamta tribe of India cannot marry until he has been arrested at least 14 times. Peppered Moths of England have become darker over the last 100 years to blend in with buildings darkened by pollution in order to escape birds. The 10-Gulden banknote issued in 1849 in Baden, Germany, had its face design repeated on its back in reverse to protect against counterfeiting.
A monkey skull stuffed with cotton is displayed outside homes in the Lushai Hills of Burma to scare away strangers. Annie Smith Peck was not only the 1st American woman to climb the Matterhorn, she was an active Alpinist until age 82. The official barge used by the kings of Oudh, India, were the shape of a giant fish, the royal family's emblem. The arm & torch of the Statue of Liberty were completed in time to exhibit at the 1876 Centennial Fair in Philadelphia - the rest of the statue was not erected for years. In 1965, Southern Pacific Railroad put microphones at the Mountain View (CA) railroad crossing to activate automated crossing gates when they heard the horn of an approaching train
In 1839 when a passenger train derailed, every able-bodied man was expected to help get it back on the track. So when President Van Buren's train derailed near Lockport, NY, he saw no reason to exempt himself and pitched in so that he could continue campaigning! The world's first iron bridge was the An-Chi Bridge at Chao-Hsien, Hopei Province, China. The town of Bristol is in both Tennessee and Virginia, with Main Street on the border, and 2 separate state postal zip codes on either side.
America's shortest commercial railroad was once the Warwick Railway, 9/100ths of a mile long connecting Cranston and Bellefonte in Rhode Island. It was acquired by the Providence & Worcester Railroad in 1980. Some of the giant stones that comprise Stonehenge on the Salisbury Plain (UK) are a type found only in southwestern Wales, 156 miles away. The first computer internet network was set up during the Cold War so that the Pentagon could communicate instantly with missile silos. In a study of 566 children at the Henry Ford Hospital of Detroit, children under the age of 12 months exposed to pets are 50% less likely to develop pet allergies later
Japan's famous Mount Fuji, 60 miles from Tokyo, is still classified as an active volcano, though it hasn't erupted since 1707. Many more Italians live near or on Mt. Vesuvius now than did when Pompeii was buried by an eruption, though steam still comes out of it to this day
The first railway in the USA was built in 1795 to transport building materials up Beacon Hill in Boston for construction of the State House; horses were used for pulling the wagons on wooden rails. The stars and bars on railroad Conductor's uniforms stood for something: a bar or stripe 5 years, a star meant 25 years of service, a star and bar/stripe 30 years, a star and 2 bar/stripes 35 years, etc.
The St. Louis Arch was designed by a man who was conducting weather-control research during WW2, leading to an urban myth that the Arch causes major storms to avoid St. Louis. Devil's Tower, seen in the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind, is less than 100 miles from Mount Rushmore; Teddy Roosevelt declared it America's first national monument in 1906. Beer gets its color from the malted barley. The first railroad locomotive to exceed 100 miles per hour was New York Central #999, which covered a mile of track in 32 seconds on 5/10/1893, a record that held for almost 8 years. The first coast-to-coast railway journey by a single train was in May, 1870, and took 8 days from Boston to San Francisco, compared to weeks or months by wagon train.
Some sellers on eBay have each listed over a Billion dollars of items for sale at a time, though not all of it sold. Montpelier, Vermont, has the smallest population of any state capital in the USA. Chicago is known as "The Windy City" but Cheyenne, the capital of Wyoming, is actually the windiest city in the USA according to the U.S. Weather Service. Chicago is the 15th windiest. Not surprisingly, Juneau, Alaska, gets the most annual snow of any state capital.
Denver is known as the "Mile High City." In fact, the 13th step of the Denver Capital Building is exactly one mile above sea level. The oldest building in existence is the Barnenez of France, built in 4850 BC. During WW1 some ships loaded with munitions exploded in Nova Scotia, Canada, devastating the town of Halifax in the biggest man-made explosion before Hiroshima. Utah is the only state with a capital consisting of more than one or two words: Salt Lake City. Red wine from Australia or Chile contains more alcohol by volume than red wine from Europe, up to 16%
Mild-tasting Tilapia is the most popular fish in America after salmon and tuna, it was named Tilapia Niloticus by Aristotle and means Fish Of The Nile. Before learning to cook, Julia Child was a spy for the OSS and CIA starting in 1942; she had been turned down by the WACs as too tall. The inventor of Vaseline petroleum jelly ate a spoonful of it every day but eating it never caught on. Peanuts contain a tiny amount of carbon so scientists successfully made a tiny diamond out of peanut-butter. The Manchineel of Latin America is so poisonous that even standing under it can kill you, its sap was used by natives for poison tip arrows.
In 1933, the NY Times reported that a 256 year old man had died in China. The Chinese government produced documents congratulating him on his 150th and 200th birthdays, having been born in 1677 according to records found in a central province. A prisoner in Willich, Germany, mailed himself out of prison in a FedEx box of laundry in 2008. A woman in Maryland who helped design a bomb-disposal robot used it as ring bearer at her wedding. In Australia an 18-inch venomous snake got under a patient's bed on Christmas Eve, 2012, but had to be euthenized when it got tangled in the bed's mechanism
Yellowstone National Park was created by a super-volcano 640,000 years ago with a caldera 30 x 45 miles wide, its heat still causes water geysers to erupt. A Bristlecone pine tree in California is estimated to be over 5000 years old. William Herschel, discoverer of Uranus, also believed that there was life on the surface of the Sun. The Molotov Cocktail, flamable liquid in a bottle with a lit rag thrown at an enemy, was originally used by Finland against invading Russians, then by Russians against invading Germans in WW2
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