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Asteroid Apophis – closest approach to Earth on April 13, 2029 (NASA photo)
Asteroid Apophis – closest approach to Earth on April 13, 2029 (NASA photo)
During a talk in 2010, Neil deGrasse Tyson was asked about the asteroid Apophis. "Apophis," said Tyson. "Apophis. An asteroid the size of the Rose Bowl, discovered december 2004, headed towards Earth. It's not alone, among asteroids headed towards Earth except that this one is headed [here]. There's a whole set of asteroids that cross Earth's orbit. That alone is not a problem. You cross the street all the time, but at different times than trucks drive by. So the issue is, are you crossing the street, when the truck is driving there at the same moment? That simultaneity is what matters. Apophis, when you ran the calculations, showed that there was a chance of it hitting us in the ...
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O'Hare International Airport
A great place for a criminal to cause a disturbance (image via piqsels)
A great place for a criminal to cause a disturbance (image via piqsels)
In 2006, several Egyptians vanished after arriving in America.The Egyptians were here on student visas and supposedly headed to Montana State University but simply walked away after landing in New York, showing no intent in actually going to Montana. One was captured in Minnesota and four more were caught in Maryland and New Jersey, two areas that have suspected Al Qaeda sleeper cells. Another of these rocket scientists was caught at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. This guy went to the Delta ticket counter with his ticket out of New York and caused a disturbance by raising his voice. A guy named Ahmed Mohamed Mohamed Abou El Ela, Middle Eastern looking guy with a Muslim name, causing a disturbance at ...
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JFK International Airport
JFK Airport, Terminal 1. Flickr photo by Doug Letterman (<a href=https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>)
JFK Airport, Terminal 1. Flickr photo by Doug Letterman (CC BY-SA 2.0)
In January 2005, Patrick Burk, one of filmmaker Michael Moore's bodyguards, was arrested for carrying an unlicensed gun at JFK International Airport. Burk arrived in court to fight the charges – after having a knife confiscated at the door.
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Red Square, Moscow
Lenin's preserved body inside the mausoleum
Lenin's preserved body inside the mausoleum
On April Fool's Day in 1995, The Irish Times reported that Disney was negotiating with the Russian government to purchase the embalmed corpse of communist leader Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, which had been on display in Red Square since his death in 1924. Disney, according to The Times, proposed moving the body, along with the mausoleum, to its new Euro Disney theme park, where it would receive the "full Disney treatment," including "stroboscopic lights which will tone up the pallid face while excerpts from President Reagan's 'evil empire' speech will be played in quadrophonic sound." "Disney," says hoaxes.org, "anticipated that this attraction would attract more visitors to the theme park, significantly boosting profits which had been weak since the park's opening. ...
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Celine Dion at Birmingham's NIA during her Céline Dion Live 2017 tour. Credit: Egghead06 (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0">CC BY-SA 4.0</a>)
Celine Dion at Birmingham's NIA during her Céline Dion Live 2017 tour. Credit: Egghead06 (CC BY-SA 4.0)
After singing for Pope John Paul II in Quebec in 1984 and racking up a host of Felix Awards (Quebec's Grammys), Celine Dion was invited to perform a song at the 1986 Juno Awards (Canada's Grammys). Celine's rendition of "Have A Heart" convinced CBS Records that the time was ripe to record an English-language album. She agreed and her debut, Incognito, was soon released—but not before she had undergone a major transformation. Her teeth were capped, her clothing and hairstyle changed, and she reluctantly enrolled in a language course. Her motivation? Her manager, Rene Angelil, promised Celine (who did not understand a word of English) that if she could get through an English interview, he would get her a record ...
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Gaetano Donizetti was once approached by a desperate Milanese theater manager who needed a new opera in two weeks. Given the urgency, he suggested that Donizetti revamp another man's work.  "Are you making fun of me?" he exclaimed. "I am not accustomed to patching up my own old operas, let alone another composer's. I'll give you a new opera in fourteen days. Now send me Felice Romani..."  "I give you one week to prepare the text," he told the librettist. "It must be set to music in fourteen days. Let's see which of us has guts!"  The result? L'Elisir d'amore.
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Fran Drescher speaking at an event in Phoenix, Arizona. Credit: Gage Skidmore (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0">CC BY-SA 3.0</a>)
Fran Drescher speaking at an event in Phoenix, Arizona. Credit: Gage Skidmore (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Fran Drescher once invited Tom Cruise to go out for a drink sometime, and was promptly rejected. Cruise's reply? "I don't drink."
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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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A Toilet. Credit: Amin (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0">CC BY-SA 4.0</a>)
A Toilet. Credit: Amin (CC BY-SA 4.0)
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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Elvis Presley in Jailhouse Rock (<a href=https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/>CC0</a>)
Elvis Presley in Jailhouse Rock (CC0)
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.]