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The recipe for green bean casserole was created by the Campbell's Soup Company to sell more soup

Green bean casserole is a pretty popular Thanksgiving Day side dish in the United States. It consists of green beans, cream of mushroom soup, and french fried onions.

This dish was actually made by the Campbell Soup Company in 1955, probably a telling clue as to why Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup is a main ingredient.

Dorcas Reilly led the team that created the recipe while working as a staff member in the home economics department.

The inspiration for the dish was "to create a quick and easy recipe around two things most Americans always had on hand in the 1950s: green beans and Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup."

The original recipe card is now found in the National Investors Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio.


Sharon Stone Lied For Years About Her 148 IQ. Did Someone Not So Smart Outsmart Millions?

In the 90's and early 2000's, Sharon Stone had maintained the fact that she had an IQ of 148 and was a member in Mensa International. Mensa International is one of the oldest and latest high IQ societies in the world.

The starting IQ acceptance into the organization starts with 131. Sharon Stone claimed for years that her IQ was 148. But in April of 2002, she admitted to the world that wasn't in fact her IQ and she was never apart of that society.

Was it a publicity stunt or a simple lie to make herself seem smarter? Either way, she outsmarted millions of people into thinking she was that intelligent, when she in fact wasn't. But is she considered smart because of her ability to make herself appear smart? Whatever she did, she was able to make it work for years.

Someone with an IQ of 131 is considered be in the 98th percentile. Being a member of this group can leader to scholarships and an elite status.


English actor Brian Blessed is an adventurer at heart. He has climbed Everest three times and is the oldest man to have trekked to the North Magnetic Pole by foot!

It is impossible not to adore the big bearded English actor Brian Blessed. This loud, jolly man is not only a very accomplished actor, he has several achievements under his belt – all of them amazing!

He is the oldest man to have trekked to the North Magnetic Pole by foot! Brian is an animal lover and owns 2000 pets. He therefore refuses to take a firearm on any of his adventures to defend himself against wild animals. One night a polar bear made its way into the camp and tore into Brian's tent. Apparently Brian stood up, yelled and punched the bear in the face. He did not see the bear again.

Mr. Blessed climbed Mt. Everest three times without the assistance of oxygen. Although he has not yet made it to the top, he wishes to keep on trying until he does. One of his expeditions were cut short when he had to save another climber's life. Another one was interrupted by an avalanche. The story goes that Brian shook his fists at the avalanche and yelled: "We came in peace!"

Brian is always the adventurer and also went on an expedition into the deep jungles of Venezuela. Unfortunately it started with a plane crash which Blessed survived.

Brian is now hoping to go into space for his next adventure. He says: "I'm a fully trained cosmonaut and have completed 800 hours training, which has made me the No 1 civilian reserve ready to visit the International Space Station. I am determined to go up and I want to explore the Moon, Mars and beyond!"


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This real-life sea serpent is almost 60 feet long and weighs 600 pounds. What is it exactly?

This is the oarfish, the most likely source of sea serpent myths. Oarfish can grow up to 56 feet long and weigh 600 pounds. They live in all temperate to tropical oceans but are rarely seen, as they normally stay very deep in the water. They are thought to frequent depths of over 3,000 feet.

Even if you happen to come across one of these behemoths, you won't be in any real danger. On top of spending most of their lives in the ocean depths, they don't have any visible teeth. They eat mostly zooplankton and occasionally other small ocean creatures such as shrimp.

Encounters with oarfish are pretty rare. The first ever confirmed sighting at depth was in 2008. Most oarfish are seen dying near the surface or washed up on shore. The deepest sightings (between 450 and 500 feet below sea level) were part of a scientific project.


On 20 October 1944 an above ground gas storage tank in Cleveland, Ohio started leaking. The ensuing disaster killed 130 people and left 600 homeless

On Friday, 20 October 1944 residents of Cleveland East, Ohio were going about their business in the usual way, not realizing that by that afternoon 130 people would have died and many would have lost their homes and their life's savings.

By 2:30 pm an above storage tank storing liquefied natural gas, started leaking from a side seam. It was located at the East Ohio Gas Company's tank farm near Lake Erie.

Winds from the lake pushed the vapor into a mixed use section of Cleveland, where it dropped into the sewer lines via the street gutters.

When it mixed with air and sewer gas, the mixture ignited and exploded, and the jets of fire that was sent up from the sewer lines blew manhole covers into the sky. One was found several miles east, in Glenville!

That was not the end of it. At 3:00 pm another above ground tank exploded, leveling the tank farm. Explosions and fires continued to occur, travelling through sewers and up through drains. Many housewives found themselves trapped in their burning homes.

The county coroner estimated the death toll to be 200, but it was actually 130. Six hundred people were left homeless as 70 homes, 2 factories, numerous cars and miles of underground infrastructure were destroyed.



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