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Volkswagen used to give $25 savings bonds to babies born in VW bugs!

We’ve all seen those movies where the nervous husband is driving like a maniac to the hospital while the mom-to-be in the backseat is screaming at him to go faster. Though uncommon, this situation does occur in real life from time to time!

So, if you were born in the back of the car in the 1960’s en route to the hospital, better call your mom up and ask her if Dad was driving a VW Bug at the time. In 1964, Volkswagen of America launched a marketing gambit called Bonds for Babies Born in Beetles (say THAT 5 times fast!).

The campaign offered a $25 savings bond for any baby who was born in a Beetle that was en route to the hospital. By 1969, a total of 125 “Beetle Babies” had been awarded a savings bond. The campaign surrounded VW’s slogan at the time, “There’s always room for one more in a beetle.”


When President McKinley was shot he asked that the mob set upon his assassin be called off!

President William McKinley served as the US’s 25th president from March 4, 1897 to his assassination in September 1901. He led the nation to victory in the Spanish-American War, and his term marked the beginning of the dominance of the Republican Party for nearly a third of the century.

In September of 1901, he was scheduled to appear in the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. This is where he was fatally shot by Leon Czolgosz who was hoping to further the anarchist cause.

Czolgosz just walked up to him and shot him twice in the abdomen. Upon being shot, President McKinley only had two requests. First, that they break the news gently to his wife. Second, they must call off the mob that had set on his assassin.

The aides rushed to the hospital, but it was too late: his blood had been poisoned and he died a week later. The assassin was caught and sentenced to the electric chair.


If you don’t have cues for sleep time, your sleep cycle becomes 25 hours long.

We’ve all wished there were more hours in the day before. We just have too much to do and 24 hours isn't long enough. Well there may be a scientific reason that we feel this way.

Humans may be programmed for a sleep-wake cycle that is out of sync with the world's 24 hour day-night cycle. In 1938, two men, Nathaniel Kleitman and Bruce Richardson, decided they wanted to know how cave men slept.

In other words, how long would humans sleep and then stay awake if there were no external cues to tell them when to go to bed and when to wake up.

After searching for the perfect location that would completely isolate them from the outside world, they settled on a cave. Just like the cave men of prehistoric times. For 33 days, they stayed in the cave and let their bodies tell them how long to sleep.

What they found and what subsequent experiments have found is rather odd. They discovered that, when left to its own devices, the human body actually follows a 25 hour sleep-wake cycle rather than the 24 hour one that the world's turning dictates.

Read the source for more info on sleep and this study in particular.

In the original legends, Elves were evil and completely different from the ones in Tolkien’s writing!

Legends portray elves as more likely to harm humans than to help them. Their name even gives a clue to their evil nature: it comes from an ancient Germanic term for a nightmare.

In those legends, elves would give people nightmares and stole their kids, leaving a changeling in their place. The kids left behind were called oafs, which is where the modern term comes from.

Popular superstition claimed these oaf children were ugly and stupid. Shakespeare even used the term spelling it “auf” in his plays. It became set as being spelled “oaf” in the 17th century and meant “idiot child” or “halfwit”.

Tolkien took the elf and completely transformed the way they are viewed and sucked the evil right out of them, turning them into ethereal, wise and beautiful beings. Tolkien’s writing influenced the fantasy world so much that his vision of elves is the one most accepted today.


All of today’s domesticated cows originated from only 80 of its ancestors!

There was a time before cows. It’s hard to believe when you first hear it, because we all love a little bit of milk every now and then. However, around 12,000 years ago cows were yet to exist.

In fact, a DNA study suggests that the entire population of cows came from a small group of 80 Aurochs that were domesticated in Iran around 10,000 years ago. So, what is an Auroch? When looking at a picture of an Auroch, you’ll realize come to two conclusions.

One of these is that it looks like a bull, and the other is that it looks really, really big. The size of the Auroch varied depending on the region they were in! For example in Europe, they were typically 1,500 pounds and in the Middle East they were 3,300 pounds!

Where did this massive beast go? If you guessed ‘humans hunted them into extinction’ you would be correct! Learn more about this ancient animal by clicking the source



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