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Prisoners In The United States Have More Than Quadrupled Within The Last 3 Decades to Millions!

Studies show that between 1980 and 2008, prisoners within the United States went from 500,000 to over 2.3 million. That's approximately the population of Houston and Arlington, Texas combined.

While the US is 5% of the world's population, it holds approximately 25% of the world's prisoners. This doesn't even count the amount of people that are out on parole.

Under this note, it is found that 1 in every 31 people are under some type of correctional control whether this be probation, etc.

The amount of prisoners is equate to $70 billion dollars in annual funding to correctional facilities. There is also approximately $200 billion spent yearly on the safety of public alone.

Is the incarceration of so many people worth the money that is spent annually?


The first European to discover New Zealand thought he was in South America!

Everyone makes mistakes, but they tend to be a little more drastic when you're a renowned seafarer and explorer.

Abel Tasman was a Dutchman best known for his merchant voyages of 1642 and 1644 with the United East India Company and is the first known European to reach what is known today as Tasmania and New Zealand.

Of course, he thought he was on the other side of the world.

Tasman intended to sail north but the wind didn't cooperate so he ended up steering east. On December 13 he sighted land and named it Staten Landt, assuming that it was connected to Staten Island, Argentina off the southern tip of South America. From there he sailed north and then east, finally anchoring five days later 7 km from shore.

After trying to land and gather water he was attacked by the Maori, losing men in the process. The area was known as Murderers' Bay. Of course, in modern times, that name would not fly—so you can now find it as Golden Bay on a map.


Missouri Legislature Turned A Road Adopted by the KKK Into A Rosa Parks Memorial To Spite Them!

In 2012, a KKK leader by the name of Harley Hanson adopted a highway in order to clean up the area.

When the legislature wanted to deny this request, they were forced to let the KKK go ahead as they were not using it for negative reasons.

But in return, the Missouri legislature renamed the road after Rosa Parks to light a bit of fire underneath them.

Hanson, who was noted as the KKK's "Imperial Wizard" told TIME magazine that they weren't going to be parading around in robes.

While noted as a local/domestic terror group, state representative Tyrone Brooks stated that this was just a ploy to rebrand themselves and gain more members into their cult.

Brooks wanted the supreme court to deny their application even if it meant ending the adopt-a-highway program.


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A British Gay Rights Activist Attempted Citizen's Arrest on Zimbabwean President in 1999!

Peter Tatchell and three members of his activist rights group called OutRage! Went to Zimbabwe on October 30th 1999 in order to arrest Robert Mugabe of murder, detainment without trial and abuse of gay human rights.

Peter and his activist group that included Alistair Williams, Chris Morris and John Hunt ran up to the Zimbabwean President's motorcade during his private shopping trip.

They grabbed his arm stating, "President Mugabe, you are under arrest for torture. Torture is a crime under international law."

Peter Thatchell was referencing section 134 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988.

Peter then turned to Robert Mugabe's bodyguards and demanded that they called the police. While the four ended up being arrested, detained, Robert Mugabe was allowed to leave.

The OutRage! activists were then taken to court in November in London and pleaded not guilty. The charges against the activists were then dropped.


Nintendo wanted Mario to ride Yoshi since the NES. It took 6 years for technology to make the concept possible!

Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto had wanted Mario to ride a dinosaur since just after the completion of the very first Super Mario Bros. game, but it took 6 years due to technology limits. 

If you’re a Mario fan, you probably know Yoshi’s first appearance was in Super Mario World, the first Mario game for the Super Nintendo. Unbeknownst to most, though, Yoshi had been around for several years already. 

Just after the first game came out in 1985, Miyamoto had wanted Mario to ride a dinosaur in a following game, but as he explained, the technology to have a player be able to activate and hop onto a totally different control scheme just wasn’t there. 

The NES wasn’t really powerful enough. But Yoshi finally came around in 1990 (1991 in the US). To date he is one of the more popular Mario characters, and along with Wario and Donkey Kong, has had his own successful franchise. 



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