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German prisoners during WWII were let outside camps without US guards on the honor system. No one ever ran away!


The U.S. Entered WWII in 1941. Britain quickly asked the U.S. To help house prisoners of war, because Britain didn't have enough housing for them all. The U.S. Agreed, but they were sorely unprepared. During WWI, the U.S.

Only housed prisoners of war for a short time, and when they agreed to it during WWII they didn't think of all the logistics like food, clothing, and housing needs for the prisoners. Germans much preferred to be captured by the British and U.S. Instead of the Russians.

They were placed in 700 camps in 46 states. The U.S. Was careful to meet the guidelines of prisoners of war by the Geneva Convention. They were so lenient that the U.S. Actually let German prisoners off the camps without guards on the honor system. No German ever ran away.

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15 Insect Facts That May Creep You Out

Insects don’t feel pain!


Pain is officially defined as, “An unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage,” yet is experienced differently by each person and organism. Because of this it is extremely difficult to describe just how an animal experiences pain. To study how an animal experiences pain “argument-by-analogy” is applied. This means if the animal reacts in a similar way to how we would, we believe they are experiencing pain.

An example of this is if a dog was pricked with a pin and ran away, just as a human would. The strange thing with insects is that they have no capacity to feel pain at all! Nociceptors are what carry the feeling of pain to the brain. These are essential to experience pain, yet insects and crustaceans have never been found to have any! This means most of these animals are unable to feel any sort of pain!

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In 1974 a US Army Private stole a helicopter and landed it at the White House...Twice.


In 1974, Robert K. Preston, a United States Army private first class, stole a United States Army Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicopter from Fort Meade, Maryland, flew it to Washington, D.C. And hovered for six minutes over the White House before descending on the south lawn, about 100 yards from the West Wing.

There was no initial attempt from the Executive Protective Service to shoot the helicopter down, and he later took off and was chased by two Maryland State Police helicopters. Preston forced one of the police helicopters down through his maneuvering of the helicopter, and then returned to the White House. This time, as he hovered above the south grounds, the Executive Protective Service fired at him with shotguns and sub-machine guns.

Preston was injured slightly, and landed his helicopter. In a plea bargain, he pled guilty to "wrongful appropriation and breach of the peace," and was sentenced to 1 year in prison and fined $2,400. This amounted to a six-month sentence, since he had already been in prison for six months at the time. At the time of the incident, President Richard Nixon was travelling in Florida, and First Lady Pat Nixon was in Indianapolis, Indiana, visiting their sick daughter, Julie.

Guilty to "wrongful appropriation and breach of the peace," and was sentenced to 1 year in prison and fined $2,400. This amounted to a six-month sentence, since he had already been in prison for six months at the time. At the time of the incident, President Richard Nixon was travelling in Florida, and First Lady Pat Nixon was in Indianapolis, Indiana, visiting their sick daughter, Julie.

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Fanta was invented in Nazi Germany because they couldn't import Coke!


Coca-Cola syrup was expensive and very hard to get into Germany during WWII due to a trade embargo. So, the head of Coca-Cola Deutschland, Max Keith, made a product that used ingredients found in Germany.

It was catered to the German market. They used whey and pomace, along with other ingredients to create Fanta. They were the leftovers of the leftovers of ingredients. The name was the result of a brief brainstorming session, which started with Keith asking his team to "use their imagination" or "Fantasie" in German, to which one of his salesmen, Joe Knipp, immediately retorted "Fanta!"

While the plant was effectively cut off from Coca Cola headquarters during the war, plant management did not join the Nazi Party. After the war, the Coca Cola corporation regained control of the plant, formula, and the trademarks to the new Fanta product, as well as the plant profits made during the war. Today there are 90 different varieties of Fanta.

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A woman found her lost engagement ring, wrapped around a carrot, after 16 years!


Lena Paahlsson in Sweden had long ago lost hope of finding the ring, which she designed herself. The white-gold band, set with seven small diamonds, went missing in her kitchen in 1995. Although the ring no longer fits, she hoped to have it enlarged so she could wear it again.

Mrs. Paahlsson and her family live on a farm near Mora in central Sweden. She took the ring off to do some Christmas baking with her daughters, but it disappeared from the work surface where it had been left.

The family searched everywhere and years later took up the tiling on the floor during renovations, in the hope of finding the ring. It was not until 16 years later when Mrs. Paahlsson was pulling up carrots in her garden that she noticed one with the gold band fastened tightly around it.

Lena Paahlsson and husband Ola say it is incredible that the ring has been found. The couple believe the ring fell into a sink back in 1995 and was lost in vegetable peelings that were turned into compost or fed to their sheep.

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