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The Oxford English dictionary credits the coining of the term “420” to a group of five teenage boys in San Rafael Highschool in San Jose , Ca in 1971 who called themselves theWaldos who met each day at 4:20 PM at a statue of Louis Pasteur every day to smoke marijuana. They used code words to keep their marijuana use a secret from authority figures, especially the father of one of the members who was a narcotics agent. The narcotics agent knew that 420 must mean something and used cryptography techniques to break the code. Ironically most of the marijuana the Waldos had smoked came from samples brought home by the narcotics agent father. The Waldos credit the popularization of 420 to a stint one of them had as the doorman backstage at a concert in 1975. He got the job because his brother was Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh’s manager. The Waldo smoked pot with Lesh and David Crosby and told them about “420.” The two rock stars spread the term throughout the country. The Waldos were once pulled over by the police when they were driving a female friend to a taping of the Tonight Show because the police thought they were members of the Symbionese Liberation Army transporting Patty Hearst.

May be verified in the articles Heads of the class: High school kids created 420 decades ago — now they tell the tale by Carolyne Zinko that appeared in the April 20, 2018 issue of the San Francisco Chronicle and Cannabis Movies Enter Mill Valley Film Fest by Zack Ruskin an article that appeared in the October 18, 2018 issue of SF Weekly.
 

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In 1965 fewer than a million Americans had smoked marijuana, In 1972 the number was 24 million. In 1967 only 5% of college students had ever smoked marijuana. In 1971 a majority of college students had smoked marijuana with a third getting high everyday.

May be verified in Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500 Year History by Kurt Anderson pg.185
 

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Before he discovered marijuana Paul McCartney would have his girlfriend comb his legs to wind down after a performance.

May be verified in The Cute One by Josh Tyrangiel a review of Paul McCartney:The Life,Fateful Lighting by Philip Norman that appeared in the June 5 2016 issue of the New York Times book review.

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According to a book written in 1979, bidets were illegal in New York until recently. This was because they were sinfully European. The book also states that health laws dictated that all toilet seats be of the open U shape rather than the closed oval shape.
May be verified in Life at the Dakota: New York’s Most Unusual Address by Stephen Birmingham. Pg.143
 

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Nestle employees must report two safety breaches by their colleagues a month, such as holding open elevator doors.

May be verified in the Only in America Section of the August 8, 2014 issue of The Week Magazine
 

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The Utah branch of the Rio Tinto mining company advises its workers to "take small bites when eating"

May be verified in the Only in America Section of the August 8, 2014 issue of The Week Magazine
 

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A Polish priest claimed his phone was being inundated with hateful text messages from a demon he tried to exorcise.

May be verified in the Bad Week For sectionof the August 8, 2014 issue of The Week Magazine
 

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Nearly 500 workers contacted employment law experts to request compassionate leave when news broke that Zayn Malik was leaving One Direction

May be verified in the Bottom Line section of the April 10, 2015 issue of The Week Magazine The story was originally reported in NYDailyNews.com
 

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In 1952 corporations accounted for 32% of federal tax revenue. As of 2013 it was less than 10%.

May be verified in the Bottom Line section of the August 8, 2014 issue of The Week Magazine The story was originally reported in vox.com
 

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William McKinley filmed his inauguration.

May be verified in the Presidents: Noted Historians Ramk America’s Best and Worst Chief Executives by Brian Lamb, Susan Swain and C-Span pg. 490

Wow. This is the first time I'm posting on this blog is over six months. I used to post four times a day every other day.
 

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William Henry Harrison died of pneumonia within a month of giving a long speech on his long inauguration a cold, wet, winter day. His grandson, Benjamin Harrison, wore long underwear made of chamois leather for his inaugural speech, which took place on a cold, rainy day.

May be Verified in Dead Presidents: an American Adventure Into The Strange Deaths and Surprising Afterlives of Our Nation’s Leaders by Brady Carlson pg. 30
 

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Franklin Pierce spoke so long at his inauguration that the outgoing First Lady, Abigail Fillmore caught pneumonia and died several weeks later.

May be Verified in Dead Presidents: an American Adventure Into The Strange Deaths and Surprising Afterlives of Our Nation’s Leaders by Brady Carlson pg. 7
 

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Crabs incorporate calcium carbonite into their exoskeletons in order to strengthen them. Meanwhile, high wear areas on a scorpion's exoskeleton such as the sting, pincers and tips of their legs are reinforced with metals such as iron, nickel and manganese. In fact, up to a third of the weight of a scorpion's cuticle could consist of heavy metal.

I'm mainly posting this because it seems to be the set up for a joke about the German heavy metal band Scorpions, but it is the absolute truth.

Source Common Descent Podcast Spotlight - Dave Marshall (1/5) at the 24.45 mark.

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King Ferdinand of Spain was the first person to eat a pineapple in Europe. All of the other pineapples on the ship had rotten into inediblity. One of the panelists commented that the remaining pineapple was probably almost inedible.
May be verified in the No Such Thing as a Fish Podcast #363 No Such Thing as a Squiggly Pineapple
 

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Pineapples sold for 10,000 pounds each in early 18th century England. Some people rented out pineapples for display at fancy parties. This expense lead to pineapples being very popular in art and design at the time.
May be verified in the No Such Thing as a Fish Podcast #363 No Such Thing as a Squiggly Pineapple
 

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12% of the respondents in a Facebook trivia quiz thought that ball point pens were invented in 1988. The other options were 1888 which was correct and had 75% of the responses, 1788 with 10% and 1688 with 2%
 

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Bees given cocaine are unreliable. They perform the dance indicating that they have found honey to the other bees even if their search was unsuccessful.
May be verified in the No Such Thing As a Fish Podcast
 

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Most mammals can't distinguish between orange and green so tigers are very well camouflaged against vegetation. One species of deer has evolved to live in close proximity to monkeys as primates have developed a way to tell orange and red from green so as to tell ripe from unripe fruit. When the monkeys sound the alarm, they know to run.
May be verified in Netflix's Life in Color With David Attenborough Episode 2 Hiding in Color
 

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In the 19th Century, the owner of Montecristo cigars knew that rolling cigars was a boring job, so he hired someone to read works of literature to his employees. One of the books was The Count of Montecristo.

I heard it while listening to the No Such Thing as a Fish Podcast
 
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