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Abraham Lincoln first thought that his Gettysburg address was a complete disaster!


The original Gettysburg address was a disaster: no one expected Lincoln to show up, he wasn't the key speaker, and the reaction from the audience was so muted that he considered the speech a failure! After the Battle at Gettysburg ended, there were thousands of corpses lying in the fields. They stank, they were bloating, and flies and marauding pigs were feasting on them. The dead soldiers needed a proper resting place and burial of sorts.

Abraham Lincoln badly wanted to be at the Gettysburg ceremony that David Wills, a lawyer in Pennsylvania was appointed to plan. He saw it as a great opportunity to get the Union boys pumped up again after such a devastating battle. Lincoln wasn’t even a featured speaker planned for the ceremony. Edward Everett, a well-known orator was the chosen speaker for the event, actually. Lincoln was invited at the last minute to attend the ceremony and believed to be too busy to actually come to it.

About 15,000 to 20,000 people came to the ceremony and crowded the platform. Everett spoke for two hours and then Lincoln got up and spoke for about 2 minutes. The crowd didn’t really make a response to Lincoln’s speech and he thought it was an utter failure. The next day Everett wrote him praising his speech and as time went on and people got ahold of the speech through the newspapers it was established how amazing his speech really was.

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A man deposited a junk mail check for 95K as a joke… and it was honored!


A get-rich-quick company sent junk mail out to people trying to get them to bite. They sent Patrick Combs a check made out in his name for $95,093.35 as a teaser, though it wasn’t a real check. For kicks and giggles, Combs deposited the check at an ATM as a joke. He endorsed the check with a smiley face after his name, for Pete’s sake. He walked away from the ATM laughing, saying he’d never had such a fun time at his bank before.

He figured he’d get a phone call from the bank informing him of his error or get a letter in the mail stating that they couldn’t take a fake check. There was no error and the bank accepted the check. After making sure there was no mistake and waiting three weeks to touch the money, Combs had a cashier’s check for the full amount made and put it in a safe deposit box for safe keeping.

He figured the company who sent the check would come knocking pretty soon. However, it was the bank that called and was really aggressive with him, because they had made the mistakes. They refused to cooperate or be civil with Combs, so he held onto the money!

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The Jetsons originally only lasted 1 season, and they were brought back 20 years later!


Kinda surprising isn't it? The Jetsons is one of the most famous Hanna-Barbera cartoons, so it's shocking to learn that the show itself aired for just one season in the 60s and then only two more in the 80s. It was a counterpart to The Flintstones who used machines powered by birds and dinosaurs, whereas the Jetsons lived in the future year of 2062; 100 years after its premiere. The Jetsons lived in a futuristic utopia with elaborate robots and technology. The show ran during primetime and it was the first program to ever be in color on ABC-TV. The Flintstones was actually aired in black and white its first two seasons by comparison.

The Jetsons lived in Orbit City. The city's architecture is shown in the Googie style, and all homes and businesses are raised high above the ground on adjustable columns. George Jetson lived with his family in the Skypad Apartments: his wife Jane was a homemaker, their teenage daughter Judy attended Orbit High School, and their early-childhood son Elroy attended Little Dipper School.

Housekeeping is done by a robot maid, Rosie, which handled chores not otherwise rendered trivial by the home's numerous push-button Space Age-envisioned conveniences. The family had a dog named Astro, which talked with an initial consonant mutation in which every word begins with an "R", as if speaking with a growl.

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Venom from Spider-Man was created by a fan and bought by Marvel for $220!


Randy Schueller, a Spider-Man fan from Illinois actually came up with the idea for the character, Venom. It came from his original costume idea for Spider-Man. Marvel Comics purchased the idea for $220 after Jim Shooter, the editor-in-chief at the time, sent Schueller a letter of acknowledgement for his idea and Marvel’s desire to buy it from him. Mike Zeck then modified Schueller’s idea into becoming the Symbiote costume.

David Michelinie would later write the backstory of Eddie Brock as the alien's new host that became the popular villain Venom. The creature that would become Venom was born to a race of extraterrestrial symbiotes, which lived by possessing the bodies of other life-forms. The parasites would endow their victims with enhanced physical abilities, at the cost of fatally draining them of adrenaline.

According to the Planet of the Symbiotes storyline, the Venom Symbiote was deemed insane by its own race after it was discovered that it desired to commit to its host rather than use it up. The Symbiote was then imprisoned on Battleworld to ensure it didn't pollute the species' gene pool.

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King Phillip of Macedon lost his eye to an arrow that had ‘To Phillip’s Eye’ written on it!


Avid pool players (and even some novices) like to call their shots before they make them. It's not enough for them to get the ball in the pocket, they have to call the correct pocket before they make the shot. And of course, in order to win the game, you have to call the pocket before you make the eight ball. This is all well and good for pool. It's a low-stakes, fun game so calling the pockets makes it a little more interesting and exciting.

This is not the case with archery. Archery is already high-stakes and difficult. Under the right circumstances, it can be deadly or at least extremely harmful. King Philip of Macedon found this out the hard way. In a battle, he was shot in the eye and ended up losing the eye. When his men picked up the arrow that had done the damage, written on its shaft was "To Philip's Eye!" It seems that, like in pool, the archer had called his shot before he let the arrow fly. That's one accurate archer.

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