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The witness protection program has never had a security breach where a member's been harmed!

Despite what most Hollywood movies depict, the real-life witness protection program is highly successful. In fact, since it's establishment in 1971, the program has had 100% success rate with it's members' new identities.

The Witness Protection Protection program was put into place to protect threatened witnesses during before or after a trial in which their safety might be in jeopardy.

Out of the 9900 family members and 8500 witnesses, none have been harmed during the program's history. Most witnesses, ironically, are criminals whose names, identities, and locations must be changed in order to save them from potential harm.

Once witnesses enter the program they are given the appropriate documents, job training, money for basic expenses, as well as health care in order to live a new and productive life.

While some might think this drastic change is a mandatory assignment, witnesses actually enter the program voluntarily and are free to leave at any time and return to their old identities (although it is highly discouraged).


Andrew Jackson beat his attempted assassin with a cane after TWO pistols failed to kill him

Andrew Jackson was the seventh President of the United States. He was both a politician and an army general. Known as "Old Hickory," because of his tough personality, Jackson was a polarizing figure.

Even so, it's hard to believe that one man once attempted to assassinate President Jackson with not one, but two pistols. On January 30, 1835, Jackson was attending a funeral when Richard Lawrence came up to him and fired a pistol at point blank range. The pistol misfired though.

And Lawrence did not have a repeating carbine pistol. So he tossed it aside and pulled out another pistol. He shot that one, but it misfired as well. According to witnesses, President Jackson then beat the man over the head with a cane. Lawrence was later deemed insane, put into an institution and never punished for his assassination attempt. This was the first assassination attempt on an American President.


A man shaved his own moustache off for Tom Hardy to use in a film! Why?

Tom Hardy was starring in a movie called ‘Bronson’ at the time of this incident. The movie is a British fiction movie based loosely off of the life of the notorious prisoner, Michael Gordon Peterson, or as he is known by his fighter name ‘Charles Bronson’. Tom Hardy was playing Michael Gordon Peterson in the film, and he often had telephone conversations with him in order to become more like him for his role.

When Tom Hardy met Peterson, he was so impressed by Hardy’s ability to bulk up his physique for the role in the movie, as well as his impression of Peterson, that he actually shaved off his trademark moustache and gave it to Tom Hardy to use in the film!


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Humans didn't have crooked teeth until we developed agriculture!

A number of researchers have hypothesized that the advent of agriculture, which led to diets consisting of softer foods that required less chewing, led to modifications in the lower jaw, either through natural selection or from developmental changes caused by the way we use our jaws beginning in infancy.

But evidence from ancient skeletons has been limited. To test the hypothesis, Noreen von Cramon-Taubadel, an anthropologist at the University of Kent in the United Kingdom, looked at skull and jaw shape in 11 populations, six of which live by farming and five of which are hunter-gatherers. The populations included people from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Americas.

In the first part of her study, von Cramon-Taubadel measured the shapes of 322 crania and 295 jaws from museums, representing the 11 populations. She found a significant correlation between jaw shape and how each population made it's living. Thus hunter-gatherers tended to have longer and narrower lower jaws, whereas those of farmers were relatively shorter and wider.

There are recognizable differences in the shapes of our skulls and faces across the world. In recent years, anthropologists have concluded that most of this geographic variation in skull shape is due to chance, so-called genetic drift, rather than natural selection.


A fortune cookie company once got the lottery numbers right, resulting in 110 winners and an investigation!

The Powerball drawing on March 30, 2005 produced 110 second-prize winners. The total payout to these winners was $19,400,000, with 89 winners each receiving $100,000. The other 21 winners received $500,000, because they were Power Play selections.

Officials first suspected fraud or a reporting error, but all 110 winners had played numbers from fortune cookies made by Wonton Food Inc. The factory had printed the numbers "22, 28, 32, 33, 39, 40" on thousands of fortunes.

The "40" in the fortune did not match the Powerball number of "42". None of the employees of Wonton Food played those numbers; at the time, the closest state with Powerball was Connecticut and the company was in New York.

Since the ticket holders had won as result of a coincidence rather than foul play, the payouts were honored. Had these 110 winners shared the then $25 million jackpot, each ticket would have been worth about $227,272 annuity or $122,727 cash.

The fortune on the inspiring fortune cookie read: "All the preparation you've done will finally be paying off.”



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