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Comedian Rob Riggle was a long-time member of the Marines and even received a Combat Action Ribbon! How did he switch to show biz?

Most of us know Rob Riggle either from his various television and movie roles or as a standup comic, but he was also a member of the United States Marine Corps Reserves for 23 years! He served in Liberia, Kosovo and Afghanistan before becoming a public affairs officer.

In 2006, while still a member of the USMC Reserves, Riggle was hired to 'The Daily Show' as a news correspondent and was also used as their Senior Military Analyst. In 2007, he fulfilled a dream of his to bring part of America to the troops overseas when he was sent on assignment to Iraq as a correspondent by 'The Daily Show.' He left the show on good terms in 2008 to "go fight crime," and has been back a few times since then.

Riggle earned the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2009. He is also a recipient of the Combat Action Ribbon for his service overseas. He acted and performed as a comedian, all while training fellow Marines in how to respond to media requests; a pretty impressive feat. Riggle publicly announced his retirement from the military via Facebook on January 1st, 2013.


After his engine died at 70,000 feet, this pilot safely landed his plane in the dark with no map. Find out how he did it!

On August 3rd, 1959, Major H. Mike Hua went on a training mission using a Lockheed U-2 aircraft, also known as “Dragon Lady”.

The Lockheed U-2 is a single engine plane that operates at high altitudes. This particular type of aircraft is normally used for reconnaissance missions.

He left the Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas and began his training mission. Major Hua was reaching heights as high as 70,000 feet. While he was up there, he encountered a crisis: his only engine had flamed up and died.

Using his previous training and experience, Major Hua got control of the plane by gliding it until he could find a safe place to land and send for help. He turned to his map for help, but saw that there were no airports in sight. He accidently came across what looked like an illuminated landing strip and began to descend.

As it turns out, the lights belonged to an airport that was not on his map. He had landed at the Cortez Municipal Airport in Montezuma County in Colorado. Despite the mountain range and the endless amount of terrible things that could happen, this pilot used his instincts and training and was able to survive.


Wile E. Coyote DID catch the Roadrunner once in 1980! What happened next?

If you are one of those people who always root for the underdog, you probably wish that Wile E. Coyote would just once catch the Roadrunner. Well, he did! It was in the 1980 Chuck Jones produced special, ‘Bugs Bunny’s Bustin’ Out All Over’ in a segment called ‘Soup or Sonic’.

But, alas! The poor coyote still did not get to eat him, of course! After the usual fatalistic chase with the Roadrunner far ahead and showing no signs of fatigue, they race through a pipeline of sorts. Wile E. Coyote is shrunk in the process and the Roadrunner looks gigantic compared to his now-tiny nemesis.

The coyote did not so much catch up to the bird, because the bird actually stopped running, conceiving no threat from the tiny predator. At first Wile E. Is very happy and excited and puts on his napkin-bib and reaches for the cutlery. But how will he slay the giant bird?

He asks the audience by means of boards he holds up: “Okay wise guys, you always wanted me to catch him. Now what do I do?” End of episode and Wile E. Coyote still goes to bed hungry! Despite the fact that a lot of people side with Wile E. Coyote, we all know that the Roadrunner will remain immortal, as will Wile E. Coyote, because the one can not exist without the other!


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The voice of Shaggy from Scooby Doo never believed Shaggy was a stoner. Yeah, right!

Scooby Doo has always been a wholesome, enjoyable, and predictable cartoon (the bad guy is always second guy you see!). Despite the family friendly nature of the show, there have always been some subtext that bother the older crows.

The sexual tension between Freddy and Daphne? The fact that the every arrest was just for scaring people? These aren't even the worst offenders.

The biggest is that Shaggy is obviously a stoner, something the voice of the character never realized.

The rumors of Shaggy's recreational uses with marijuana surfaced thanks to his constant hunger, his talking dog, and his crazy, paranoid antics. However, the voice of the character, Casey Kasem, said "there wasn't anything like that at all" when asked about if he had every observed the subtext. He said "guess it's because, I don't know, it was a wholesome show from beginning to end." The first time he ever thought of that viewpoint was when the interviewer brought it up.

The recent Scooby-Doo films had several shots that referred to Shaggy using the drug, but many of them did not make it into the final cut. The character that played Shaggy in the films also didn't believe Shaggy smoked weed. "He just seems like that. He acts a little goofy and high, he's lovable and scared—and just happens to have the munchies."


The creator of Softsoap bought 100 million small bottle hand-pumps to stop competition—and it worked! This is a CRAZY story

During August 1865, William Sheppard discovered that he could mix conventional bar soap with large amounts of other liquids to create a soap with the consistency of molasses. Though it was soon commonly found in public areas, it wasn't a hit in the home.

In 1980, Robert R. Taylor sought to sell the invention, now called Softsoap, through his company. He got the idea to contain it in a bottle with a small hand pump so people could easily use it in their homes, but he knew others would copy him. He eliminated the competition by personally buying 100 million small bottle hand pumps so that competitors wouldn't be able to buy any for a year!

His plan worked! In six months, he'd established the brand name Softsoap and made $25 million!



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