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Eureka

Frank Epperson invented the popsicle in 1905, at the age of 11.

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Paris Hill Town

The construction of a shadow Paris intended to lure the Germans had been initiated during WWI.

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Keyboards

Qwerty keyboards were created to slow down the typing (and to split apart the letters often used consecutively).

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Horses on ice

Almost a thousand horses died in the Lake Ladoga when the water suddenly froze.

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Tapestry Shmatestry

The Bayeux Tapestry is not a tapestry (and was not made in Bayeux).

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Like LOST, except it makes sense

Castaways from the ship Utile have survived 15 years on the small Tromelin Island, which is only 200 acres almost without any vegetation.

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Bare-Foot

In 1950 India wanted to attend the soccer world cup… barefoot !

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The longest night

Teresa of Ávila died in the night of the 4th to the 15th of October, 1582.

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Cocaine Cola

Cocaine was an ingredient of Coca-Cola until 1929.

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Save our souls!

The famous distress signal SOS (· · · — — — · · · in morse code) does not mean anything! For sure, it has no link with Save our souls which is a backronym.

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Nobel is no cuckold

The famous anecdote that explains the absence of a Nobel prize in mathematics by the fact that Alfred Nobel’s wife cheated on him with some mathematician is false!

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The red telephone

The famous red telephone booth has been inspired by the dome of a tomb.

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Asterix the satellite

The first French satellite was called Asterix. It was launched on 11/26/65.

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Blitz-Peace

The famous sign “Peace” (☮) was the insignia of the Wehrmacht 3. Panzer-Division (1941–1945).

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Hiroo the Hero

Hiroo Onoda was one of the last japanese soldiers to surrender after the defeat of Japan in World War II. He was ordered to lay down his arms on the island of Lubang in 1974 (29 years after the end of WWII).

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Mustache and gendarmes

In France, wearing a mustache is finally not mandatory for gendarmes since 1933.

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Tabak ist taboo

The first anti-smoking campaigns were launched during the Third Reich.

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English pleasure

King Edward II of England (1284 – 1327) is believed to have been killed by the insertion of a red-hot iron rod in his rectum.

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Can you open it?

The can-opener was invented more than 40 years after the can!

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Baby penis

In Ancient Greece, a man was considered more virile if he had a small penis.

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