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People started flipping one cigarette upside down in their packs because of a myth that early 'Lucky Strikes' contained marijuana!

There’s a myth that people believed that the cigarette brand "Lucky Strike" is named so because every so often a consumer of the product would have a "lucky strike", finding a marijuana joint in a pack of cigarettes.

The myth varies in how often the marijuana cigarette would be included, anywhere from one in every thousand cartons to one in every pack. It's unknown when the myth originated. One claim is it has been floating around for many years. Lucky Strike's slogan "It's Toasted" fueled belief in the myth.

Despite the popularity of the myth, there are no reliable reports of any Lucky Strike cigarette containing marijuana. The name "Lucky Strike", in reality, is only a marketing ploy, implying to customers that obtaining their brand is a "Lucky Strike".

The "It's Toasted" slogan refers to the product's tobacco being toasted instead of sun-dried, making a supposedly better-tasting product. Other myths offshoot from this one.

One of the explanations for the origin of flipping a "lucky" cigarette upside down claims the practice originated from the Lucky Strike myth; it's thought that the superstition arose from flipping the marijuana-containing cigarette upside-down in order to save it for last.


A Princeton undergraduate had his term paper seized by the FBI!

In 1977, John Aristotle Phillips, an underachieving Princeton student who ran around in a Tiger mascot costume at Princeton’s football games, designed a working Nagasaki-class weapon the size of a beach ball. Later that year, he wrote up a term paper with the title; “How to Build Your Own Atomic Bomb.”

You’d think that he bombed the paper, but the truth is that it very effectively communicated how the average person can create their own nuke. He received an A for his A-Bomb instruction manual, but was advised to burn it as soon as his grade was registered. The paper however, was confiscated by the FBI and the US government has kept and classified it.


An animator for Ed, Edd n Eddy was killed by police while on his hands and knees!

Paul Boyd was shot by police in Vancouver in August 2007. The details of the incident remain in question. Boyd was a title sequence animator and director of the hit Cartoon Network TV series "Ed, Edd n Eddy." In his early twenties, Boyd was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

He received constant and usually effective treatment for this disease. However, on the evening of August 13, 2007, Boyd allegedly didn't take his medication and suffered a manic episode in the middle of a busy intersection in Vancouver.

Police responded to a 911 call about a violent man yielding a bicycle chain. Boyd injured two officers before a third one shot him in self-defense. In totally nine shots were fired with the final one being fired into Boyd's head.

Controversy erupted over whether the police force was appropriate and an investigation was launched. A video by an eye witness surfaced that showed Boyd crawling on his hands and knees in the street before the final and fatal shot was fired.

It was obvious that he did not pose a real threat at this time and a new investigation by a private agency was launched.


Famous director Paul Thomas Anderson dropped out of film school for plagiarism!

Paul Thomas Anderson is a famous auteur director. His films, including Boogie Nights, Magnolia, The Master, and Punch Drunk Love, are known for the constantly moving camera they employ and ensembles of actors.

Anderson’s talent may suggest that he has extensive film training. This, however, is not the case. In fact, Anderson dropped out of NYU’s film program after just two days (and thankfully got his tuition back and used that money to make his film Cigarettes and Coffee).

During his brief time there, Anderson turned in some of Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet’s work as his own. The work received a ‘C’ grade causing Anderson to leave.


Nazis experimented by only letting people drink seawater. They were so dehydrated that they licked freshly mopped floors for fresh water!

The Nazis did a lot of human experimentation with their concentration camp prisoners. Jews, Soviet POWs, disabled people, gays, Roma (a subgroup from Romania also known as Gypsies) were subject to these horrible experiments.

Most of these experiments resulted in death, disfigurement or permanent disability. One such experiment on Roma was to only allow them drink sea water.

They became so desperately dehydrated that they were seen licking freshly mopped floors trying to get the tiniest amount of fresh water.

After the war, these crimes were tried at what became known as the Doctors' Trial, and revulsion at the abuses perpetrated led to the development of the Nuremberg Code of medical ethics.



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