10 Facts Most People Don’t Know, 90% have never heard these facts

10 Facts Most People Don't Know, 90% have never heard these facts

10 Facts Most People Don’t Know, 90% have never heard these facts.

10 Facts Most People Don't Know, 90% have never heard these facts

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Rollercoasters were brought to America to distract people from Sin

10 Facts Most People Don't Know, 90% have never heard these facts. First rollercoaster
First American Roller Coaster

In the 1880s, hosiery businessman LaMarcus Thompson hated that Americans were tempted by hedonistic places like saloons and brothels. So he set out to straighten up one of the most immoral places he could think of: Coney Island in New York. There, he built America’s first roller coaster to give New Yorkers some good, clean fun—away from seedier pastimes.

In 1905 an 11-year-old boy invented the popsicle!

Popsicles original name
Good things his kids didn’t call him dad or it’d be called a”dadsicle”

In 1905, an 11-year-old boy named Frank Epperson left soda powder and water outside overnight with its wooden stirrer still in the cup. The mixture had frozen in the chilly nighttime weather, and so the Epsicle was born. He sold the treat around his neighborhood and a nearby amusement park and even patented the recipe. Years later, he changed the name to Popsicle because that’s what his kids called their pop’s concoction

Sloths can hold their breath longer than a dolphin!

Sloths can hold their breath longer than a dolphin!
Sloths meet dolphins

By slowing their heart rates, sloths can hold their breath for up to 40 minutes. Dolphins need to come up for air after about ten minutes.

Wouldn’t that be terrible? Imagine having to submerge your head in water every ten minutes or you’d die. Awful!

Before women’s suffrage Jeanette Rankin, a woman, was elected to Congress!

Before women's suffrage Jeanette Rankin, a woman, was elected to Congress!
Ahead of her time!

American women were given the right to vote in 1920, but Jeanette Rankin became the first woman in the U.S. federal office in 1916.

McDonald’s serves spaghetti in the Philippines!

McDonald's spaghetti
Seems like way more than spaghetti is served there.

The pasta comes with a beef tomato sauce and a piece of “McDo” fried chicken.

Adolf Hitler was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize

Hitler peace prize
Looks peaceful!

Don’t worry, the Swedish politician who sent the letter of nomination in 1939 meant it ironically and withdrew his nomination. In an even more ironic twist, Hitler had banned Germans from accepting the awards four years before his own name was thrown in the ring

The British royal family is named after Windsor Castle not the other way around!

Windsor castle

You’d think Windsor Castle was named after the House of Windsor, but it’s the other way around. The royal family changed its name from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha in 1917 so it would sound less German and chose Windsor because they had ties with the English town.

3 Musketeers bars got their name because they used to come with three flavors!

3 musketeers

The original 3 Musketeers bars of the 1930s came in three-packs, with a different nougat flavor in each: vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry. World War II rations made that triple threat expensive, so the company cut down to one

Michelangelo wrote a poem about how much he hated painting the Sistine Chapel!

Sistine chapel

One translation of the poem he sent to his friend begins:

I’ve already grown a goiter from this torture,
hunched up here like a cat in Lombardy
(or anywhere else where the stagnant water’s poison).

Doesn’t sound like he was too thrilled with his task.

The Statue of Liberty used to be a lighthouse!

Statue of liberty

About a month after the statue’s 1886 dedication, it became a working lighthouse for 16 years, with its torch visible from 24 miles away.

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