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Alice Cooper paid to restore the O in the Hollywood sign in honor of his friend, Groucho Marx!


Alice Cooper is an American rock singer, musician and songwriter whose career spanned six decades. His rock is theatrical, shocking and dark and he often draws from horror movies and garage rock for inspiration.

Interestingly, Alice Cooper was actually good friends with Groucho Marx, despite their almost 60-year difference in age. Marx, the famous comedian, would help Alice Cooper fall asleep when he was suffering from insomnia.

In the 1970's the famous Hollywood sign was in disrepair. Nine donors contributed the funds to restore one letter each. In honor of Marx, Alice Cooper donated the money to restore the "O." While they may have been an unlikely pair, there's no doubt that the two entertainers were great friends.

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Medieval spiral staircases usually go clockwise because it put attackers at a disadvantage!


Spiral stairs in medieval times were generally made of stone and wound in a clockwise to place attacking swordsmen who were most often right-handed at a disadvantage.

The asymmetry forces the right-handed swordsman to engage the central pike and degrade his mobility compared with the defender who is facing down the stairs.

Extant 14th to 17th century examples of these stairways can be seen at Muchalls Castle, Crathes Castle and Myres Castle in Scotland. Exceptions to the rule exist, as seen in Scala of the Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo, which winds up counter-clockwise.

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The Flaming Lips released a 24-hour-long song, sold on a hard drive encased in a real human skull for $5,000


The band The Flaming Lips, are known for their artistic stunts. As part of a year-long experimental album extravaganza, the Flaming Lips decided to outdo themselves when it came to bizarre behavior.

They decided that they would release a 24-hour long song. When asked what it was about, the band's frontman, Wayne Coyne, said it would be about life and death among other subjects. As if this wasn't unprecedented enough, the band also wants to encase the song in a human skull. It would be placed on a hard drive and placed in a human skull. The going rate for the oddity? $5,000.

Before the song was even finished, Coyne presold five of them. The Flaming Lips have also released a 6-hour song and a song made entirely of YouTube video clips.

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There is a violin made out of stone that is still playable.


The Blackbird, also called the Black Stone Violen, is a full-size playable violin made of black diabase after the drawing by Antonio Stradivari. It was designed by Swedish artist Lars Widenfalk and named Blackbird after the Common Blackbird because of it's coloring. Stradivari has a habit of naming his violins after birds.

The rock that the violin is made out of came from his grandfather's tombstone, which was discarded after a joint family grave had been established. The Blackbird is the world's first, and so far only, playable stone violin. Several composers have composed music specifically for the instrument.

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After the first World War, Australia had to take part in the Great Emu War.


The Great Emu War was the first and perhaps only inter-species war of the 20th century. In 1932, there was great public concern over the number of emus said to be running amok and often destroying farmer's crops in the Campion district of Western Australia.

The attempts to curb the population of emus (which are large, flightless, rather ridiculous looking birds indigenous to Australia) involved soldiers armed with machine guns.

In the soldier's first attempts, around 50 emus were killed and they suffered no casualties. In their second attempt, 986 birds were killed with 9,860 rounds and 2,500 birds were wounded and died as a result of their injuries.

By December of that year, the Emu War had reached Great Britain where some people sided with the soldiers and farmers, while others sided with the emus. Conservationists protested the initiative as "extermination of the rare emu."

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