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Re: Hilarious, dumb, or very unknown facts!
« Reply #75 on: August 24, 2016, 07:36:05 pm »
Each of the Gerry Anderson "Supermarionation" programs shown in the US--until Thunderbirds--featured a furry character: Supercar--Mitch The Monkey; Fireball XL5--Zoonie The Lazoon; Stingray--Oing (Seal).
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Re: Hilarious, dumb, or very unknown facts!
« Reply #76 on: August 26, 2016, 06:55:56 am »
The ford mustang was named after the P-51 Mustang, not simply the horse.  It's originql target demographic was middle aged women.
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Re: Hilarious, dumb, or very unknown facts!
« Reply #77 on: August 27, 2016, 08:10:32 am »
During WW2, the Japanese referred to the Americans as "rabbits" or usagi. "U-S-A G-I"
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Re: Hilarious, dumb, or very unknown facts!
« Reply #78 on: August 28, 2016, 06:55:38 am »
After several battalions of Stuart light tanks were deployed in Germany during WW2, Allied soldiers began calling the outdated tanks "Zippo tanks" because a direct hit from a Panzer would often ignite the ammo cache onboard.  Thus, the tanks "Lit the first time, every time", which was Zippo's slogan at the time.
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Re: Hilarious, dumb, or very unknown facts!
« Reply #79 on: August 28, 2016, 04:32:24 pm »
Mr. T of A-Team fame actually had his own Saturday morning animated series on NBC. It ran from 1983 to 1986.
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Re: Hilarious, dumb, or very unknown facts!
« Reply #80 on: August 31, 2016, 06:54:36 am »
Japanese tanks and fighter planes in WW2 still used rivets to secure plating and armor to the vehicle, while German and Allied vehicles were welded together.  Japanese tank operators were often killed or injured when bullets would strike the outside of the rivets, causing them to be forced through into the cabin,and ricochet through the vehicle.
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Re: Hilarious, dumb, or very unknown facts!
« Reply #81 on: August 31, 2016, 03:25:27 pm »
The Russian 7.62 x 25mm Tokarev round is actually a 7.63mm Mauser round, only more potent. Both cartridges are identical dimensions. However--while one may fire a 7.63mm Mauser in a Tokarev pistol, firing a 7.62mm Tokarev in a C96 Mauser pistol will break the gun.
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Re: Hilarious, dumb, or very unknown facts!
« Reply #82 on: September 01, 2016, 06:50:27 am »
Japanese Type 14 pistols were notoriously unreliable... and ugly.  Due to the use of a "floating" firing pin, the sidearm would often fire accidentally while in the holster, even with the safety engaged.  Numerous soldiers and officers sustained foot and leg wounds from these misfires.  Now, the Type 14 is considered a collector's item, due to their rarity and lack of visual appeal.
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Re: Hilarious, dumb, or very unknown facts!
« Reply #83 on: September 01, 2016, 07:47:49 am »
Jean-Claude Van Damme was originally cast to portray the Predator alien in the first Predator film.
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Re: Hilarious, dumb, or very unknown facts!
« Reply #84 on: September 01, 2016, 08:44:57 pm »
Most of the original cast for Saturday Night Live came from either National Lampoon Radio or Second City Television.
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Re: Hilarious, dumb, or very unknown facts!
« Reply #85 on: September 02, 2016, 05:46:08 am »
Speaking of National Lampoon, Meatloaf was originally a writer for Lampoon.  One of his friends mentioned to him one day that they were trying to get producers on board to do a rock opera loosely based on Peter Pan.  When the deal for the opera fell short, Meatloaf and his friend decided to cut an album of the songs for the failed project.  That album became Bat Out of Hell, and catapulted Meatloaf into the annals of music history, becoming one of the highest grossing American albums of all time.
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Re: Hilarious, dumb, or very unknown facts!
« Reply #86 on: September 02, 2016, 11:58:04 am »
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Re: Hilarious, dumb, or very unknown facts!
« Reply #87 on: September 02, 2016, 05:13:29 pm »
Some species of aquatic turtles can breath out of their butts for short periods of time.  No kidding.
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Re: Hilarious, dumb, or very unknown facts!
« Reply #88 on: September 03, 2016, 09:31:26 am »
Mountain Dew was first introduced to the world through an animated cartoon featuring hillbillies. The advertizing slogan was "Yahoo! Mountain Dew!"
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Re: Hilarious, dumb, or very unknown facts!
« Reply #89 on: September 08, 2016, 06:58:30 am »
After the introduction of Dr. Pepper, a small outfit in Dublin, TX began producing "Dublin Dr. Pepper", which became a Texas favorite.  However, in 2013, the company was sued by the makers of Dr. Pepper.  The conditions of the lawsuit demanded that the Dublin outfit either be shut down or absorbed into the main company.  Though the Dublin recipe was actually closer to the original Dr. Pepper introduced in the early 1900's, the Dublin group shut down rather than sell out.  A six pqck of authentic Dublin Dr. Pepper now sells for upward of $200 online.
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Re: Hilarious, dumb, or very unknown facts!
« Reply #90 on: September 14, 2016, 08:25:05 pm »
The flavor of root beer comes from sassafras.
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Re: Hilarious, dumb, or very unknown facts!
« Reply #91 on: October 23, 2016, 07:36:17 am »
A British airborne sergeant is creditted with firing the shot which saved the D-Day invasion, using a PIAT (Projector, Infantry, Anti-Tank). Sgt. "Wagger" Thorton fired his next-to-last round at a German Mk IV tank, setting it ablaze and blocking the approach to two vital bridges so tank reinforcements could not pass.
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Re: Hilarious, dumb, or very unknown facts!
« Reply #92 on: October 23, 2016, 09:00:30 pm »
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Re: Hilarious, dumb, or very unknown facts!
« Reply #93 on: November 16, 2016, 09:51:21 pm »
November 11 is also Independence Day in Poland.
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Re: Hilarious, dumb, or very unknown facts!
« Reply #94 on: November 24, 2016, 08:58:43 pm »
Professional golfer Arnold Palmer was a major in the Pennylvania Wing Civil Air Patrol.
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Re: Hilarious, dumb, or very unknown facts!
« Reply #95 on: December 29, 2016, 07:08:35 pm »
Axl Rose and Marilyn Manson are Polish.
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Re: Hilarious, dumb, or very unknown facts!
« Reply #96 on: January 14, 2017, 06:23:57 am »
The Japanese Type 14 Nambu pistol was the inspiration behind the successful Ruger Mark I .22 pistol.
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Re: Hilarious, dumb, or very unknown facts!
« Reply #97 on: February 10, 2017, 04:05:58 pm »
dr. seuss actually pronounced his name 'soice'
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Re: Hilarious, dumb, or very unknown facts!
« Reply #98 on: February 11, 2017, 08:55:35 pm »
Dr. Seuss (aka Ted Geisel) wrote a number of training films for the US Army during WW2--"Private Snafu". Check out Fighting Tools on YouTube.
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Re: Hilarious, dumb, or very unknown facts!
« Reply #99 on: March 08, 2017, 07:57:11 pm »
The first phrase ever to appear on US coins was "Mind Your Own Business".
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