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Bill Murray only worked on Caddyshack for 6 days!

Caddyshack is a 1980 American sports comedy film directed by Harold Ramis. This was Ramis’ first feature film and was a major boost to Dangerfield’s film career. The film has garnered a large cult following and has been hailed by many publications, such as Time and ESPN, as one of the funniest sports movies of all time.

The movie was inspired by writer and co-star Brian Doyle-Murray’s memories working as a caddy at Illinois. Many of the characters in the film are based on characters that he encountered through various experiences at the club.

The film was shot over 11 weeks during the autumn of 1979. However, despite being one of the main starts in the movie, Bill Murray was with the production only six days! And all of his lines were unscripted. Bill Murray’s talent and improvisation surely helped him achieve the creation of one of the best comedy movies of all times!


A pair of brothers who were compulsive hoarders were killed when all the stuff they hoarded fell on them!

Hoarders are more than a popular reality television show. Hoarding is a real and sad problem. Before the general population became aware of this though, there were two brothers that were known for the peculiar behavior.

Homer Lusk Collyer and Langley Wakeman Collyer lived in Manhattan in the late 1800s and early 1900s. As they were rarely seen, rumors followed the brothers around. They compulsively collected furniture, books, musical instruments and numerous other items. They would then set booby traps in their home to ensnare any intruders.

Both sons allegedly attended Columbia University. One studied law and the other engineering. Both men were eccentric. They became recluses over the years and rarely left their New York City brownstone. In 1917, after they failed to pay their bills, their telephone was disconnected. In 1928, their gas, electricity and water were turned off.

In 1947, the police got a tip that there was a dead body in the house. They forced their way in and had to search through mounds and mounds of junk before they found his body. He had died of malnutrition, dehydration and cardiac arrest. The next month, a workman found Langley's body not ten feet from where his brother was found. He had been crushed by falling debris while bringing his brother food.


A Japanese soldier didn't know WWII had ended and hid in the jungle for 28 years! Here's his story:

Shōichi Yokoi was a sergeant in the Imperial Japanese Army during WWII, and in 1943 he was transferred to the island of Guam. When Allied forces took the island the next year, Yokoi and ten of his fellow soldiers went into hiding. Over time his ten companions either left or died and Yokoi ended up spending the last eight years alone.

On January 24th, 1972, 27 years after the end of the war, Yokoi was discovered by two local men who were out checking their shrimp traps. Yokoi, who thought the war was still going, saw them as a threat and attacked them. Luckily they were able to subdue him without major injury. Yokoi had been living in an underground cave and used native plants to make clothes and bedding while getting his food by hunting at night. He had seen leaflets declaring the end of the war but believed them to be Allied propaganda.

Being able to survive that way for so long is a testament to his character. The only two Japanese soldiers to hold out longer than Yokoi were Second Lieutenant Hiroo Onoda and Private Teruo Nakamura.

Yokoi was so loyal to his country that after returning to Japan and visiting the Imperial Palace, Yokoi said "Your Majesties, I have returned home ... I deeply regret that I could not serve you well. The world has certainly changed, but my determination to serve you will never change." He never actually met the emperor.


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The United States military once executed a plan called 'Operation Moolah'! What was it?

During the Korean War, United States Air Force pilots reported that the Soviets' new MiG-15 jet fighter was superior to all United Nations aircrafts. The US was desperate to get its hands on one and so secretly designed what they would call 'Operation Moolah'. The operation was an effort to get a Communist pilot to defect and fly his MiG-15 to South Korea, undamaged.

Operation Moolah was approved on March 20th, 1953 and offered $50,000 to any Communist pilot who defected, with an additional $50,000 to the first to do so. The plan also guaranteed political asylum, resettlement in a non-Communist country, and anonymity if desired.

In September of the same year, Lt. No Kum-Sok of the 2nd Regiment, Korean People's Air Force, flew a MiG-15bis to South Korea and gave it up. He was unaware of the operation, however, and later stated that he didn't think money would motivate any North Korean Pilot to defect. No was urged by the CIA to take a free education at an American institution of his choosing instead of the $100,000 reward.

The aircraft, as well as the information No provided, proved very helpful to the United States and their allies. No was questioned numerous times over the course of months after his defection.

Nobody's certain where the idea for Operation Moolah came from. One story is that it originated in the Army's Psychological Warfare Branch, while another is that the idea was thought up by an unidentified war correspondent. One thing both versions of the story agree on is that the idea was first circulated as a rumor.

Although there was a defection, it's hard to say that the operation was successful. Similar operations have been carried out by various nations since, only one of which—Operation Diamond—was undoubtedly successful.


The Library of Alexandria held nearly all the knowledge in the ancient world, but did you ever wonder how they got all of it?

The Library of Alexandria is, even to this day, one of the most well-known libraries in the world. It's most famous for having been burned down, resulting in the loss of nearly all the world's knowledge at the time.

How did they acquire so much of this knowledge? One way was through incoming ships. Any books that were found were copied onto scrolls. The original manuscript was then kept in the library, and the scroll given to the owner!

Just how much was lost during the fire? Historians say it's impossible to tell, since no documentation from the library has survived. However, some estimate that more than 500,000 scrolls were lost forever to history.



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