"Nim's longest sentence was the 16-word-long "Give orange me give eat orange me eat orange give me eat orange give me you."

- Wikipedia, Nim Chimpsky

"According to these ahistorical claims, Jesus Christ did not die on the cross at Golgotha. Instead a man falsely alleged to be his brother, Isukiri,[6] took his place on the cross, while Jesus travelled across Siberia to Mutsu Province, in northern Japan. Once in Japan, he is alleged to have changed his name to Torai Tora Daitenku, and to have become a rice farmer."

- Wikipedia, Shingō, Aomori

"Thinking about the immortality of the crab is a Spanish idiom about daydreaming. The phrase is usually a humorous way of saying that one was not sitting idly, but engaged constructively in contemplation or letting one's mind wander."

- Wikipedia, Thinking about the immortality of the crab

"The Extraordinary State Commission for the Establishment and Investigation of the Atrocities of the German Fascist Invaders and Their Accomplices and the Damage They Caused to Citizens, Collective Farms, Public Organizations, State Enterprises and Institutions of the USSR (ChGK) was the state commission of the USSR during the Great Patriotic War."

- Wikipedia, Extraordinary State Commission

"Wish's advertisements on social media have been criticised for "unfathomable" recommendations, with one such 2020 advert claiming that the late Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was available to buy on the site for $20."

- Wikipedia, Wish (platform)

"An accident in Erfurt, Duchy of Thuringia, caused the deaths of at least 60 people in 1184. A number of nobles from across the Holy Roman Empire were meeting in a room at the Church of St. Peter, when their combined weight caused the floor to collapse into the latrine beneath the cellar and led to dozens of nobles drowning in liquid excrement."

- Wikipedia, Erfurt latrine disaster

"According to an unpublished memoir of Geladze's doctor, the two had a short discussion about Stalin's position: "Mama, do you remember our tsar? Well, I'm something like the tsar," to which Geladze replied "You'd have done better to become a priest.""

- Wikipedia, Keke Geladze

"Over time, Whiteboyism became a general term for rural violence connected to secret societies. Because of this generalization, the historical record for the Whiteboys as a specific organisation is unclear. There were three major outbreaks of Whiteboyism: 1761–64; 1770–76; and 1784–86."

- Wikipedia, Whiteboys

"Muscular Judaism is a term coined by Max Nordau in his speech at the Second Zionist Congress held in Basel on August 28, 1898. In his speech, he spoke about the need to design the "new Jew" and reject the "old Jew", with the mental and physical strength to achieve the goals of Zionism."

- WIkipedia, Muscular Judaism

"A Quaker gun is a deception tactic that was commonly used in warfare during the 18th and 19th centuries. Although resembling an actual cannon, the Quaker gun was simply a wooden log, usually painted black, used to deceive an enemy."

- Wikipedia, Quaker gun

"According to report of Financial Times in 2019, the only Uighur-language book available in Xinjiang's state-run Xinhua Bookstores was Xi Jinping's The Governance of China."

- Wikipedia, Uyghur language

"The raw materials imported by Germany from the Soviet Union between 1939 and 1941 played a major role in supporting the German war effort against the Soviet Union after 1941."

- German–Soviet Border and Commercial Agreement

"Soviet Canuckistan was an insult used by Pat Buchanan in response to Canada's reaction to racial profiling by US Customs agents."

- Wikipedia, Canuck

"Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama was decorated a Chevalier or "Knight" of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in May 2019 for his contributions to the arts."

- Wikipedia, Dragon Ball

"According to economics professor Peter Leeson, trial by ordeal may have been effective at sorting the guilty from the innocent. On the assumption that defendants were believers in divine intervention for the innocent, then only the truly innocent would choose to endure a trial; guilty defendants would confess or settle cases instead. Therefore, the theory goes, church and judicial authorities could routinely rig ordeals so that the participants could pass them."

- Wikipedia, Trial by ordeal

"Beijing, Tianjin, and other cities in northern China were occupied for more than one year by the international expeditionary force under the command of German General Alfred Graf von Waldersee. Atrocities by foreign troops were common. Each nationality accused the others of being the worst looters. The British Legation held loot auctions every afternoon and proclaimed, "Looting on the part of British troops was carried out in the most orderly manner."

- Wikipedia, Boxer Rebellion

"In the U.S. box office, Pokémon: The First Movie was an instant commercial success, debuting at number one and earning $10.1 million on its Wednesday opening day. This day is commonly referred to as the "Pokéflu" because so many children missed school to see the film, much to the chagrin of educators."

- Wikipedia, Pokemon: The First Movie

"In 1674, someone allegedly smeared the Black Stone with excrement so that "every one who kissed it retired with a sullied beard". According to the archaic Sunni belief, by the accusation of one boy, the Persian of an unknown faith was suspected of sacrilege, where Sunnis of Mecca "have turned the circumstance to their own advantage" by assaulting, beating random Persians and forbidding them from Hajj until the ban was overturned by the order of Muhammad Ali."

- Wikipedia, Black Stone

"According to Ottoman historian Qutb al-Din, writing in 1857, the Qarmatian leader Abu Tahir al-Jannabi set the Black Stone up in his own mosque, the Masjid al-Dirar, with the intention of redirecting the hajj away from Mecca. This failed, as pilgrims continued to venerate the spot where the Black Stone had been."

- Wikipedia, Black Stone

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