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There are more barrels of Bourbon in Kentucky than there are people

Bourbon is a pretty big part of the Kentuckian culture. Not only do the locals love it, but apparently, it generates and sustains employment and is a major tourist trap.

Distilling contributes to nearly $2 billion in gross state product each year and has doubled it's importance to the state’s overall economic activity in the last 13 years.

In the last decade, distilling created 4 percent new job growth. At the moment, there are 4.7 million barrels of Bourbon aging in Kentucky-the largest inventory since the 1980’s. That means that there are 400,000 more barrels than people!


Theodore Roosevelt lost both his first wife and mother within 11 hours of each other!

Poor Ted! President Roosevelt’s wife died just two days after giving birth to their daughter at the age of 23. Alice, his wife, died of kidney failure that was untreated and unseen, because the focus was on her pregnancy.

Eleven hours after the tragic death of Alice, Teddy’s mother, Mittie, died of typhoid fever in the same house. Ted took his daughter to his sister to care for her as he was in no state to take care of a two day old.

In his personal diary he drew an X on the page and then “The light has gone out of my life.” Alice’s death was something Roosevelt never discussed in public or private.

He didn’t mention her in his autobiography or write about her any more in his personal effects. It was the darkest time in his life and one that his heart never fully recovered from, though he did remarry later on.


You’ll soon be able to buy an all-electric Delorean!

In 2011, the DeLorean Motor Company announced they are going to release an electric version of the DeLorean, the famous car from Back to the Future.

The car is powered by a 32-kWh lithium iron phosphate battery pack and has a 125-mile per hour top speed with a range of 100 miles. Published specs claim a 0-60 time of 4.9 seconds, but the target is now under six seconds.

The price for all that fun and nostalgia is $95,000. The car will be assembled in Houston, TX with help from Lousiana’s Epic EV.

There’s no flux capacitor on the bad boy, but it is still pretty cool that they are going to start producing the DeLorean again.


6 days after the Brooklyn Bridge opened, a rumor that it was going to collapse led to the deaths of 12 people!

On May 30, 1883, a rumor that the Brooklyn Bridge was going to collapse caused a stampede, which killed at least twelve people The Brooklyn Bridge, which connects Brooklyn to the island of Manhattan was opened on May 24, 1883.

Several thousand people attended the opening ceremony, during which the mayor of New York mayor crossed the bridge accompanied by celebratory cannon fire and was met by the mayor of Brooklyn on the opposite side.

On its first open day, 1,500 vehicles crossed the bridge while 150,300 people traversed the new passageway. The bridge's width across the East River is 1,595 feet 6 inches.

Just six days after the opening on May 30, 1883, a rumor spread that the Brooklyn Bridge was going to collapse. This caused a panic and stampede that crushed and killed 12 people.

In order to squelch such rumors and demonstrate the stability of the bridge, P.T. Barnum (of the Barnum and Bailey Circus) led a parade of 21 elephants across the bridge on May 17, 1884. Today, the Brooklyn Bridge is a treasured landmark and a symbol of New York City.


1 ton of cell phones has more gold than 17 tons of gold ore!

While this initially sounds impossible, it is actually true! Cell phones are composed of many things, such as plastic and glass, yet there is also gold, silver, copper, platinum, and coltan, which are worth money.

If you were to stand in front of a single ton of cell phones, around 280 grams of gold could be extracted from them, along with 140 grams of platinum and palladium, and 140 kg of copper. So just how much gold is this?

Gold is one of the rarest substances on Earth, which is the reason for it's extreme cost. Just to highlight how rare it is, in a ton of gold ore there is usually .3 to 5 grams of gold. Compare this to a ton of cell phones, which alone can yield up to 280 grams of gold! So could you actually get the gold out of your phone?

Sadly the answer is no. It takes extreme knowledge on mining and is only done by a handful of highly advanced companies around the world. The process can actually be dangerous and a man even poisoned himself in the attempt!



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