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Disney made a war propaganda film! not only that, but it also won an Oscar!


The film is called Der Fuehrer's Face and is set in Nazi-land, a place where the clouds and trees are shaped like swastikas and the houses look like Hitler. Caricatures of German government officials, such as Joseph Goebbels and Benito Mussolini, are seen marching through the streets singing praise to the Nazi regime.

A Nazi Donald Duck is then awakened, fed a severely rationed breakfast and made to read a portion of Mein Kampf while sitting under Hitler’s portrait. Donald then goes to work in a factory, where he makes shells on a conveyer belt and salutes Hitler as portraits of him pass by. 

Donald then starts experiencing some hallucinations, which then collapse away to reveal it was all a bad dream. The movie won the Best Short Film award at the 1943 Academy Awards and remains to this day the only Donald Duck film to do so. The main song in the film has also been covered multiple times. You can watch the film below, but be warned, you will never be able to think of Donald Duck in the same way again. 

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Kung Fu monks were once called in to fight off pirates!


In 1553, a group of monks were called from their quiet life of meditation to defend their nation. Despite their peaceful nature, these monks were famed throughout China for their specialized Kung Fu skills and deadly reputation. One monk was said to have taken on 8 men and lived. 

They had also fought in, and possibly won, wars for China. The enemy they were defending their country from were a group of pirates from Japan and eastern China. Most turned to piracy due a political situation in Japan meaning that there was no government and it was extremely hard to earn a living. Some others, however, took to the seas looking for an adventure. 

The monks and pirates first clashed in the spring of 1553. There isn’t much information about the battle but it appears to have been a victory for the holy men. The second clash took place on July 21st of that year. Each side had roughly 120 fighters. While the monks only suffered four casualties, every single pirate was killed. While the monks won the third battle once again, the fourth fight was a victory to the pirates, due partly to the monks losing an interest in being warriors. 

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Genghis Kahn helped the environment!


In fact, the Mongol Emperor’s environmental contribution helped eliminate 700 million tons of carbon! He also let forests regrow where they had been chopped down to make room for towns and farm land. This was especially significant when you consider the large size of the mongol empire. 

This wasn’t because Kahn was a tree hugger. In fact, this wasn’t even deliberate. The reason there was room for the forests was because he had the towns and villages in their place burned down and helped reduce the carbon output by (ahem) driving down the number of people. 

It wasn’t just the size of the empire that made this significant. The fact that the mongol empire lasted so long meant that massive areas of green space were able to regrow where towns and farms had been destroyed. Just don't let Greenpeace know that this happened or they might get any ideas on using the same tactics (kidding, kidding)

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A student won a science fair by trying to ban dihydrogen monoxide!


So, what is this chemical? It’s a liquid found in almost every food item available at your local supermarket, is found in nearly every stream, lake, ocean and reservoir on the planet, and a large quantity is currently in your bloodstream. It is also eroding many of the world’s natural landscapes, is the main component of acid rain, is responsible for millions of death every year and can break most electrical equipment upon contact. 

If you haven’t guessed yet, dihydrogen monoxide is, in fact, water. Because the term isn’t used scientifically, most people have never heard of it, and assume it’s dangerous. 

Pranksters have been using this to their advantage for a while now, and has almost severely backfired a few times. As mentioned in the title, a 14-year-old from Idaho won his school’s science fair by reporting on the dangers of this chemical to ninth graders and asking for their opinion on whether it should be banned. 

Of the fifty asked, only ONE student recognized the substance was just water. The project, ‘titled How gullible are we?’, won the science fair and became an internet legend. School students aren’t the only ones to fall for this. One suburb in California came extremely close to BANNING it! It wasn’t until after a vote had been arranged that the council realized they had been tricked into believing the hoax.

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Brian May, guitarist for Queen has a PhD in Astrophysics!


As if being the guitarist for Queen and an accomplished songwriter wasn’t enough, May also graduated from Imperial College London in May 2008 with a PhD in Astrophysics. 

He had originally obtained his BSc Hons before Queen became successful, but put his studying on hold to become a full-time musician. He returned to university in 2007 and completed his PhD. He has also co-wrote a book, called ‘Bang! – The Complete History of the Universe’ with Sir Patrick Moore and Chris Lintott.

He has also co-authored and published two research papers and the asteroid 52665 Brianmay was named after him. May is also an animal rights activist. He has founded a campaign group, called Save Me, who campaign against any unfair treatment of animals, and has spoken out in particular against badger culling and fox hunting. 

He has also stated that he would rather be remembered for his charity work than his music or science!

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