In 1962, former MLB catcher Harry Chiti was traded from the Cleveland Indians to the New York Mets for “a player to be named later.” After a poor showing, Chiti became that very player, making him the first ever to be traded for himself.

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The average person will grow 590 miles of hair (including nose hair) in their lifetime.

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When it comes to landing an effective punch, boxers have nothing on the mantis shrimp, the strike of which has been clocked at about 50 mph and described by science as accelerating faster than a .22-caliber bullet.

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Brazilian doctor Heron Werner uses 3D printing to help blind parents feel their baby’s ultrasound results.

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It’s not just trees that help provide us humans with oxygen — about half of that in our atmosphere is a byproduct of photosynthesis from the microscopic sea algae known as phytoplankton.

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Those chocolate-covered caramel candies we fondly know as Milk Duds were originally intended to be perfectly round. But when machines in 1928 couldn’t produce them consistently, the misshaped goodies were called “duds,” hence their unusual name.

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In the 1970s, Chrysler advertised its luxury cars as containing “Corinthian leather.” But spokesman Ricardo Montalban admitted on “Late Night with David Letterman” that the term really meant nothing, as said leather was actually sourced out of New Jersey.

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King Charles III will receive his crown while sitting on a throne containing the Stone of Destiny, a rock that was stolen from Scotland in 1296 and carried to Westminster Abbey by King Edward I, then returned to Scotland 700 years later. But why is it significant, other than its feature in a royal coronation? It is said to be the stone on which the biblical Jacob rested his head when he dreamed of a ladder ascending to heaven!

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For a reasonable $19.95, you too can buy alien abduction insurance from a Florida agent. Of course, to cash it in, you’ll need to hand over a signature from an “authorized, on-board alien,” and who knows if they can even write in English?

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Less than 14% of all M&Ms candies are brown.

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The movie title “Death Wish III” was changed to “Death Wish 3” after a survey conducted by the Cannon Group revealed that nearly half of Americans couldn’t read Roman numerals.

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The greatest number of people to play a single piano simultaneously is 23.

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