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North Korea is the only nation to currently have a US Navy ship captured!

The USS Pueblo, a spy ship, is now moored in a river in Pyongyang and serves as a tourist attraction; guided tours are offered by officials and the story of how the brave sailors of the “People’s Army” defeated the “US imperialists” by capturing this ship that was in their territorial waters is told to anyone who takes these tours.

However, the United States denies this claim, and says that the Pueblo was well within international waters. According to them, the ship was disguised as a scientific vessel and set sail from Japan carrying high-tech communications equipment and a crew of more than 80.

Many of these people were experts in decoding the messages they hoped to intercept from the North Korean Army. As long as Pueblo stayed in international waters, no one suspected that the North Koreans might try to capture it. However, North Korea unexpectedly opened fire on the ship. It was captured by North Korea on 23 January 1968. Its crew was held prisoners by North Korea for 11 months before being released.


In a 1988 magic championship, a magician was disqualified for being too good!

Lennart Green is a world champion close-up/card magician. He competed at the 1988 International Federation of Magic Societies’ Convention in The Hagues, Netherlands and was immediately disqualified because his act was so convincing that judges believed he had used stooges in his act to shuffle the cards.

In 1991, Green returned to perform the same act but insisted that the judges themselves shuffle the cards to prove that he was a man of honor and skill and didn’t use (or need) stooges. The judges awarded him the first place title he was unjustly denied three years ago. Since then, Green has appeared on the fourth World’s Greatest Magic television special and given an excellent TED talk.


Dennis from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is fluent in Mandarin, Korean, French and Spanish!

Glen Howerton is a relatively prominent American actor, best known for his role as Dennis on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” He is slightly less well known for his amazing linguistic skills. The man is fluent in Mandarin, Korean, French, Spanish, and English. He can also speak some German and Farsi because why not.

So you may be thinking that perhaps he wanted to be a linguist or translator before he decided to pursue acting. Nope. He was actually about to study Aerospace Engineering at Auburn University before he decided to start his acting career.


7 absolutely amazing things that have come out of Finland

In Finland, there’s a heavy metal band for children.

You’re never too young to rupture your ear drums. Hevisaurus is a Finnish heavy metal children’s music band, who dress in dinosaur costumes. The band was started by Thunderstone drummer Mirka Rantanen. Their first album, Kings of Jurassic Metal, was on the Finnish Album charts for 10 weeks.

Now, you’ll never guess where this band came from. According to the Hevisaurus back-story, the band members were hatched from five metal eggs that had lain buried in a mountain from 65 million years in the past. Lightning and witch spells apparently unearthed the eggs and brought them to life.


A man got his wheel chair banned because it was technically a tank!

Jim Starr, a 36 year old disabled man, was told by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency that he can no longer use his specially-made chair because it has caterpillar-treads instead of wheels, and such a width and length that it technically classifies as a tank.

The reason why Jim needs this “tank” is because it allows him to do things that normal wheel chairs would not permit. For example, with it he is able to ride it through snow, sand, and even into the surf of his local beach. Jim said: “The whole idea of the chair was that I could go down to the beach with the kinds.” Ultimately, it extends his mobility and for the most part, cannot be used as a dangerous weapon.

After inspecting the wheelchair further, authorities gave Jim permission to use it on private land. This wouldn’t be much of an inconvenience if getting to private lands didn’t require going through public lands.



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