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The Inspiration For Jules Verne's Most Popular Book
On a trip to Paris in 1870, Jules Verne was intrigued by a claim, made by Cooks Travel Agency, that one could go around the world in 90 days. Back home in Amiens, Verne did one better: he wrote his most popular book, Around the World in Eighty Days,
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Indian Villagers Drive Away A Toilet Ghost
In 2003, villagers in India held a Hindu religious ceremony to drive away a ghost from a school toilet after three students reported suffering epileptic fits after visiting it.
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The Religious Significance Of Elvis's Name
Elvis Presley also believed that his name held special religious significance: "el" was a contraction of "Elohim," the god of the ancient Hebrews, he once explained, and "vis" was an asian word for force.]
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Rob Schneider - depravity in Amsterdam?
After visiting Amsterdam one year, Rob Schneider was asked about the city's reputation as a hotbed for pot and prostitution. His reply? "That's what I 'heard'!"
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Kirsten Dunst Was Like Linus In Peanuts
Unable to sleep without a blanket given to her by her mother when she was born, Kirsten Dunst, even as an adult, began taking it everywhere she went.  
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Thomas Hobbes - discovers a love for geometry
[Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679)] was forty years old before he looked on geometry, which happened accidentally. Being in a gentleman's library, Euclid's Elements lay open and 'twas the 47 El libri I. He read the proposition. By God, said he (he would now and then swear an emphatical oath by way of emphasis) this is impossible! So he reads the demonstration of it which referred him back to such [another] proposition; which proposition he read. That referred him back to another, which he also read. And so on that at last he was demonstratively convinced of that truth. This made him in love with geometry.
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Anne Frank's Diary Was Rejected By Several Publishers
Like so many great books, Anne Frank's Diary of a Young Girl was rejected by a number of publishers. "The girl," one wrote, "doesn't, it seems to me, have a special perception or feeling which would lift that book above the 'curiosity' level."  * Frank's work has been translated into more than 70 languages and inspired numerous theatrical and film adaptations. 
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Penn Jillette - party penis trick
One of Penn Jillette's famous parties featured a South American man nailing his penis to a board, tying that board to a rope, and using that rope to pull a wagon containing a topless woman across his band room floor. Though the man had done the stunt before, he was in for a bit of a surprise: Not until he arrived at Penn's home did he realize that the floor in the band room was carpeted! ["I swear," Penn later recalled, "I told him it was carpeted and that this would create more friction before he got there; it was a language problem, not a lack of compassion and foresight on my part."]
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Why Bob Geldof Got Fired From His Photo Processing Job
Rocker Bob Geldof was once fired from his job in a photo-processing plant because he ruined a batch of film while smoking marijuana in a darkroom. 
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Marilyn Monroe - high maintenance woman?
In the five years he was married to Marilyn Monroe, playwright Arthur Miller managed to complete only one script—The Misfits—which he wrote for her. Why was he not more productive? "There was no way," Miller once remarked. Coping with Marilyn "was all I could manage to do."