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This poet was a bit of a troublemaker and brought a bear to school when they turned away his dog!

When Lord Byron's dog was turned down from entry with him when he attended Cambridge he decided to find the strangest loophole—he brought a bear. Talk about taking things too far!

The perturbed animal lover was so upset with Cambridge's ban from keeping dogs on the premises that Byron decided to get back in the most creative way.

The statutes never banned bringing pet bears to school and the school authorities had no legal way to stop him. Lucky for everyone involved, the bear was tame and “harmless.”

The bear didn't just end up some joke. When Byron graduated he went back to his ancestral home to live, Newstead Abbey, and the bear went with him!

It didn't stop with bears either. He had been known to keep a collection of unusual pets, including a tamed wolf.

A regular amusement for the poet and his friends included playing with the bear or teasing the wolf. Seems like there may have been a chip missing within the brains of these intellectuals!


Early French Voyageurs had boobs on the mind when they named this famous mountain range!

The Grand Tetons are a perfect example of the natural beauty and wonder the United States offers.

But with grand sites such as the Rocky Mountains, Yosemite Valley, and Niagra Falls, the story behind the name can be just as interesting as visiting them!

The Grand Tetons, for instance, have to do with lovely lady lumps.

French Voyageurs used the name “les trois tétons” which translates to “the three breasts.” The Wyoming and Idaho mountain range has many distinct summits, normally referred to as the Cathedral Group.

They consist of Grant Teton (the tallest at 13,770 feet), Mount Owen (12,928 feet), and Teewinot (12,325 feet). They do in fact resemble a woman's breasts—especially if you've been out exploring with a bunch of guys for months on end.

The Shoshone people, the most prominent Native American group in the area, called the range Teewinot, which translates to “many pinnacles.”

The range's fame comes from the high elevation above the eastern side. The range lacks foothills and lower peaks, providing a clear, breathtaking view of all the peaks. If you ever go, make sure to visit the east side where the views are much more dramatic.


Dr. Seuss' pen name was created when he was caught drinking gin in college!

Authors use pen names for various reasons.

Dr. Seuss, author of the classics ‘Green Eggs and Ham,’ ‘Horton Hears a Who!’ and ‘The Cat in the Hat,’ among many others, is one of the more well-known authors to use one.

The story behind the name synonymous for children’s stories may not be quite as good as one of his books, but it’s pretty close!

Theodore Seuss Geisel enrolled in Dartmouth University in the early 1920’s where he joined the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and became a member of the humor magazine Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern, eventually rising to the rank of editor-in-chief.

During his time at Dartmouth, Geisel was caught drinking gin with nine friends in his room. As a result, his dean insisted that he resign from all extracurricular activities, including the college humor magazine.

To get around his ban, he started submitting works signed “Seuss” which he soon changed to “Dr. Suess,” a name he would keep for a long time.

Despite being known for Dr. Seuss, Theodore Geisel had another pen name.

For books that Geisel wrote and others illustrated, he used the pen name "Theo LeSieg," “LeSieg” being "Geisel" spelled backward. One example of this is ‘I Wish That I Had Duck Feet,’ published in 1965.


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Oreo O's disappeared everywhere except for South Korea!

In 1998, Post Holdings launched a cereal called Oreo O's. As the name suggests, the cereal consisted of Oreo flavored o-shaped cereal. Delicious. Oreo O's was sold from 1998 until 2007. After that Post and Kraft were no longer co-branded. Kraft owned the right to the Oreo name, and Post owned the cereal recipe.

Thus, the world was denied it's Oreo O's - all except one place. South Korea. The cereal is still produced and available there because of a fortuitous turn of events. The Korean food company, Dongush Foods, was partially owned by General Foods. It was also licensed to sell Post products.

Kraft then purchased General Foods and half of Dongush's was then owned by Kraft. Hence, Dongush is the only company with both licenses - the right to the Oreo name and the actual cereal recipe - necessary to produce Oreo O's.


Someone figured out exactly what day Ferris Bueller's "day off" was" June 5, 1985. Learn how it was figured out.

Back in 1986, moviegoers got their first glimpse of the fictional “day off” taken by Ferris Bueller and friends.

They took a rare Ferrari for a joyride, sang “Twist and Shout” in a parade, visited the Sears tower and Art Institute and yes, even went to a Cubs game.

One observant watcher figured out that the film has clues to the actual day off. Paying close attention to the baseball game he attended, Larry Granillo determined that it was an actual game appearing in the film.

After reviewing the video and audio clues, he could say, with confidence, that the game that appears in the film was played on June 5th, 1985 against the Braves, making that Ferris Bueller’s actual day off.

After this was revealed to the world, people who worked on the film contacted Granillo to inform him that while the recordings of that game were used on the television Bueller’s Principal is watching, it’s not the game that the scenes in the stadium were filmed. That was still during a live game, but it was actually on September 24th of that year against the Expos.

The Braves and Expos both had similar powder blue uniforms, so the mismatch worked. Also, since the film is set to give the impression that Bueller is at the June 5th game, Granillo stands by his original claim that Bueller’s “day off” was June 5th, 1985.



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