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Delta once argued they should pay less for gay plane crash victims than straight ones!


In the rare occasion of a plane crash, the aftermath for the victims' families is not just about the grief of losing a loved one. They have to go through a long and arduous process of determining how much their loved one was worth. One of the key measures that they calculate is "future earnings," the idea being that a family should be compensated for the amount of money that the victim would have made if he'd stayed alive. 

In a 1985 court case, Delta somehow uncovered that one of the passengers was gay, something that the victims' parents didn't even know! They then argued that because he was gay, he was more likely to contract AIDS, which would lower his life expectancy, and therefore, his future earnings. 

In the end, Delta's argument did not gain any traction with the judge. Delta apologized for this stance only a couple of years later.

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Jason Voorhees, from Friday the 13th, appears in Super Mario Bros!

 The famed killer can be seen for a little bit in 'Super Mario Land 2'! If you visit the Halloween themed world, you can see a little Jason Voorhees waddling towards Mario! He even has a cute little knife coming out of his mask body! See for yourself! Do you know of any other interesting videogame cameos? Let us know in the comments! 

The author of Peter Pan popularized the name Wendy. He was the first to use it in a published work.

Before Peter Pan was written in 1904, there were about 20 instances of the name Wendy used in the United States. There is only one instance of the name being used in the U.K., where author J.M. Barrie was from, but it was as a boy's name.

There are many theories to explain the origin of J.M. Barrie using Wendy as a name in the original Peter Pan play. The most accepted theory is that J. M. Barrie was inspired by the way his childhood friend, Margaret Henley, pronounced “friend” as “fweindy”. Other evidence points to the Welsh name Gwendolyn, and its diminutive variant “Wanda”.

These names were not used as independent fist names before the Peter Pan stories. The kids who inspired Barrie to write Peter Pan ended up getting adopted by the author because their parents passed away.

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Christopher Lee witnessed the last guillotine execution in France!

You might know Christopher Lee as Saruman from Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, but he's one of the most prolific actors of all time and has appeared in over 270 movies. Another one of his famous roles was a portrayal of Dracula.

He's had a really cool life outside of film too. Check out these facts about him:

• He was the first person to enter the Vatican Museum after the end of WW2

• As a teen, he was a witness at the execution of Eugen Weidman, the last man to be publicly executed by guillotine in France.

• Muhammad Ali was a big fan and once dedicated a win to him after meeting him.

• When filming Lord of The Rings, he was getting direction from Peter Jackson in how to sound when getting stabbed in the back. Lee corrected him, saying he knew what that really sounded like.


The search for the Titanic was actually a cover-up mission to search for 2 nuclear subs lost in the 1960s!

In 1985, oceanographer Bob Ballard discovered the most famous shipwreck in history, The Titanic. What you may not know is that he was actually covering up a top-secret mission for the U.S. government.

He was hired because of his advanced robotics submarine. He was asked to check on the status of 2 nuclear subs that sank in the 1960s, the USS Thresher and the USS Scorpion. The issue was that the government didn't want the Soviets to know that they were looking for the subs.  They thought that the excuse of searching for the Titanic wreck would be a good explanation for an increased presence of US ships in the area.

In return for his service, the government agreed to fund Ballard's search for the Titanic and a documentary on it. He had only 12 days left in his Navy contract after finding the two subs. He was able to use the lessons he learned in finding the nuclear subs to locate the Titanic, a feat that had taken decades to achieve.



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