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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.


Stephen Hawking once threw a party for time-travelers that he didn't announce until the day after the party

Stephen Hawking is a famous theoretical physicist and cosmologist. Known for his considerable intelligence, Hawking has contributed many scientific works and among other awards, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the highest civilian honor available in the United States).

So it was no joke when Hawking threw a party for time travelers. He held the party on June 28, 2009, but no one showed up. Was he just not popular enough? Nope.

Hawking didn't actually send out invitations or notify people about the party until the day after it took place. This was all part of an experiment about time travel.

Hawking does not believe it is possible, and says that his failed party proves this. No one retrospectively showed up despite his party announcements. In other words, no one traveled back in time to his party after they got the invitation.


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Nazis tried to teach dogs to speak, read, and spell to win World War II!

This isn’t a joke! The Germans rounded up ‘educated’ dogs and had a special school to train them to speak and communicate with their SS masters. Hitler thought they would be able to assist in winning the war. The experiment was called Wooffan SS.

It was said that one dog said ‘Mein Fuhrer’ and that another enjoyed religion and poetry. Some of the dogs are recorded has having mastered foreign language and communicated by tapping out the alphabet with their paws.


These people still think cats are holy animals!

The domestic cat is a revered animal in Islam. Admired for its cleanliness as well as being loved by Prophet Muhammad, the cat is considered "the quintessential pet" by Muslims.

Cats have been venerated in the Near East since Egyptian times, a tradition adopted by Islam in a much modified form. Muhammad is reported to have said that "a love of cats is an aspect of faith." According to other hadiths, he prohibited the persecution and killing of cats.

The prophet purportedly allowed a cat to give birth on his cloak, and cut off the sleeve of his prayer robe rather than wake his favorite cat, a female named Muezza, who was sleeping on it.



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