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15 Little-Known Facts About the US Government

One of the plans to get rid of Fidel Castro was to claim he was the Anti-Christ!

Major General Edward Geary Lansdale was a bit of an oddball, and is most notable for his sacreligious plan to overthrow Fidel Castro. The plan had a few different components to it. The first was that the American military would somehow spread word that the Second Coming of Christ was imminent.

After that was established, the second part of the plan was to proclaim that Christ was against Castro who was the anti-Christ. More importantly, the military planned on spreading around a specific date of the Second Coming.

Next, the military would set up a submarine just outside of Cuba that would launch star-shells (essentially giant flares that can illuminate the night sky). On the day of the "Second Coming" the submarine would launch Star-shells at the same time an American plane hidden behind the clouds would broadcast messages in the voice of Jesus, whatever that may be.

At the sight of all these extraordinary events, the Cuban people would then be expected to overthrow Castro fearing that they would be doomed to eternity in hell if they disobeyed Christ during his Second Coming.

The plan never went through because although it was seen as a genius ploy, the government also calculated the success rate to be virtually zero. Read the full story here!


Flames get their shape due to gravity!

When you strike a match, you get a flame of burning gases. Vaporized fuel from the match mixes with air and produces heat by a chemical reaction. Flames get their tongue-like shapes from the way these gases move and interact under earthly gravity. Near the match head, a column of hot gas is created. This column is wider than the match itself. Hot gases have more energy than colder gases and can more easily shake off the tug of gravity. So, the column of hot gas starts to rise and it rises faster and faster.

Since the amount of gas is constant, as it rises faster, the column is stretched thinner. The result is a wide column near the match, and a thin column higher up. So, if you strike a match in space, where there is no air or gravity, it burns in a sphere shape! It is a pretty neat thing to see.


In Hong Kong, a woman is allowed to kill her cheating husband, but she can only use her bare hands!

If a woman in Hong Kong discovers her husband isn’t being faithful, she is legally allowed to kill him but she can use nothing except for her hands. The secret lover of the husband is allowed to be killed in any manner chosen!

Other forms of punishment for the husband include sending the cheating spouse to a work camp for up to two years! The original wife of the cheater is allowed to take half of all possessions given to the secret wife, regardless of who originally owned them. Since the passing of this law, many wives have filed suits to receive compensation for their unfaithful husbands. For more on this law, click here.

Captain Morgan was a real pirate who later became the Lieutenant-Governor of Jamaica. Find out what made him so famous!

Sir Henry Morgan was well known for his privateering. In 1663, Morgan joined a fleet of men that would be sailing the Caribbean and Central America to take over any Spanish settlements and strip them of their riches.

Morgan was the most ruthless and successful privateer in history! Shortly after Morgan's few run-ins with success he became captain of his own ship.

In 1671, Captain Morgan had his eyes on Panama City, known for its riches and occupied by 1500 Spanish settlers and the Governor of Panama. Once getting through the first ships in his way, he collected his riches and his crew began to celebrate, not knowing that the Spanish had hid most of their gold. Morgan and his men got so drunk, that they never recovered the rest of the gold and settled for what they had already taken.

This small battle broke a treaty between the British and the Spanish causing Captain Morgan to return home, where he was arrested. Once things had dissipated between the British and Spanish, the King of England sent Morgan to Jamaica, a British settlement where he had frequented, to become the Lieutenant-Governor of Jamaica.

The king grew tired of Morgan's recklessness and fired him from his position. Unfortunately, Morgan spent the remaining years of his life as an over-weight, obnoxious drunk, which would be forever immortalized in his namesake alcohol brand.


Infamous extreme Christian Shirley Phelps-Roper is guilty of one of the topics she protests against! See what she did

Shirley Phelps-Roper is infamous for her leading role in The Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas. Westboro Baptist church has extreme ideologies and are known for their hate-filled protests around the country. Shirleyis most famous for protesting at funerals of AIDS patients, along with homosexual soldiers holding homophobic posters about how the deceased is going to Hell.

Her hatred has even escalated worldwide and she is banned from The United Kingdom for "fostering extremism or hatred". As it turns out, Phelps-Roper has some skeletons in her closet. It is a Christian belief that if a woman bares a child out of wedlock, then that woman has committed a sin and will go to Hell.

In a 2007 interview, Phelps-Roper admitted that the eldest of her eleven children was born out of wedlock and she refused to announce who the father was. By doing this, Phelps-Roper has just admitted to the world that she a hypocrite, losing any credibility that she had. When the interviewer asked her if she thought she was going to Hell, she replied, "I know better" and I "put away" that kind of behavior, leaving the audience to wonder why she thought she was the exception to her own beliefs.



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