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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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A famous ex-slave was asked to come back and work for his master. He asked for 52-years of back pay!


Jordan Anderson was an African-American former slave born in 1825 and died in 1907. He’s noted for a letter he wrote, known as, "Letter from a Freedman to His Old Master".

It was addressed to his former master, Colonel P. H. Anderson, in response to the Colonel's request that Jordan return to the plantation to help restore the farm after the disarray of the war. It has been described as a rare example of documented "slave humor" of the period, and it's deadpan style has been compared to the satire of Mark Twain.

He was born and raised in Tennessee and sold to Colonel P.H. Anderson when he was only 7 or 8 years old. In his famous note that he sent the Colonel in 1865, not long after the Civil War, he asked for 52 years back pay as proof of good faith. The letter became a media sensation and was quickly published in a book.

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In Auschwitz, the SS forced an orchestra to play for Jews that had been selected for gassing!


Auschwitz prison camp used all types of persuasion and control tactics on its prisoners. In 1941, the SS forced an orchestra to form in the camp. It was composed mostly of Polish, and Jews weren't allowed in the orchestra until 1944. It started out small, and the musicians had to play on top of their regular labor.

They were forced to play outside rain or shine at first, and eventually they were allowed to play inside if it was raining or snowing. The musicians had a higher suicide rate, and it is thought to be because they were under more emotional duress with the added work. They would play as workers walked to their labor tasks as a way to relax them into a controllable state.

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