20 Mind Blowing Facts

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  1. There was a third Apple founder. Ronald Wayne (pictured at home in 2010) sold his 10% stake for $800 in 1976.
  2. The famous Aaron Burr “Got Milk?” ad from 1993 was directed by Michael Bay.
  3. In a 2008 survey, 58% of British teens thought Sherlock Holmes was a real guy, while 20% thought Winston Churchill was not.
  4. Toy companies failed to duplicate the success of Theodore Roosevelt's teddy bear with William Taft's "Billy Possum."
  5. Tsutomu Yamaguchi was in Hiroshima for work when the first A-bomb hit, made it home to Nagasaki for the second, and lived to be 93.
  6. A British man changed his name to Tim Pppppppppprice to make it harder for telemarketers to pronounce.
  7. In the mid-1960s, Slumber Party Barbie came with a book called "How to Lose Weight." One of the tips was "Don’t eat."
  8. New Mexico State's first graduating class in 1893 had only one student—and he was shot and killed before graduation.
  9. The 50-star American flag was designed by an Ohio high school student for a class project. His teacher originally gave him a B–.
  10. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, the most commonly stolen vehicle in 2012 was the 1994 Honda Accord.
  11. Sean Connery turned down the Gandalf role in Lord of the Rings. "I read the book. I read the script. I saw the movie. I still don't understand it."
  12. Barry Manilow did not write his hit "I Write the Songs."
  13. He did, however, write State Farm's "Like a Good Neighbor" jingle.
  14. And "I am stuck on Band-Aids, 'cause Band-Aid's stuck on me."
  15. Officials in Portland, Ore., drained 8 million gallons of water from a reservoir in 2011 because a buzzed 21-year-old peed in it.
  16. There's a basketball court above the Supreme Court. It's known as the Highest Court in the Land.
  17. The medical term for ice cream headaches is sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia.
  18. Redondo Beach, CA adopted the Goodyear Blimp as the city's official bird in 1983.
  19. How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? The world may never know. But on average, a Licking Machine made at Purdue needed 364.
  20. Janis Joplin left $2,500 in her will for her friends to "have a ball after I’m gone."