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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!


Seconds used to be called 'Second Minutes'

Seconds are passing constantly, and we never really pay attention to them unless we are timing something, waiting for something, or we happen to be looking directly at a clock. Like most things in the English language, referring to 1/60th of a minute is known as a 'second'. Although, few people are aware that referring to that particular unit of measurement as a 'second' is actually slang.

Let's rewind to the days of Middle English. In the middle ages, people called 1/60 of a minute 'second minutes' because it is the 'second' operation when dividing an hour by sixty. As time progressed, at some point people became extremely lazy and didn't want to say 'second minutes' so they just started saying 'seconds'!


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Urban birds sing rap while rural birds stick to slow melodies!

Birds are feathered, winged, bipedal, warm-blooded, egg-laying, vertebrate animals. With around 10,000 living species, they are the most species class of tetrapod vertebrates in the world.

Modern birds are characterized by feathers, a beak with no teeth, the laying of hard-shelled eggs, a high metabolic rate, a four-chambered heart, and a lightweight but strong skeleton. All living species of birds have wings; the ones who didn’t are already extinct.

Birds communicate through melodies, and a recent study suggests that urban birds living in cities perform a type of “avian rap” while their rural counterparts are sticking to a more traditional sound of slow melodies.

Apparently, this is due to the very noisy conditions in which urban birds find themselves into, which makes them, have to sing at different pitches in order to communicate with other birds and attract mates.


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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