"Osama bin Laden was a rogue bull elephant named after the eponymous designated terrorist of the same name. It was responsible for at least 27 deaths and destruction of property in the jungled Sonitpur district of the Indian state of Assam. After a two-year rampage from 2004 to 2006, the elephant was eventually shot; but some were doubtful that the correct animal was killed."

- Wikipedia, Osama Bin Laden (elephant)

"Osama bin Laden was a rogue bull elephant named after the eponymous designated terrorist of the same name. It was responsible for at least 27 deaths and destruction of property in the jungled Sonitpur district of the Indian state of Assam. After a two-year rampage from 2004 to 2006, the elephant was eventually shot; but some were doubtful that the correct animal was killed."

- Wikipedia, Osama Bin Laden (elephant)

"States Rights Gist was a Confederate Army brigadier general who served during the American Civil War. His name was based on the Southern states’ rights doctrine of nullification politics of his father, Nathaniel Gist. Nathaniel Gist was a disciple of John C. Calhoun and chose his son's name to reflect his own political sentiments."

- Wikipedia, States Rights Gist

"Many of Edwards' friends encouraged him to abandon his planned comeback, believing that he had no chance to win. A journalist wrote that the only way Edwin Edwards could ever be elected again was to run against Adolf Hitler. These words turned out to be shockingly prophetic, since after the 1991 primary Edwards discovered his runoff opponent to be former Grand Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke."

- Wikipedia, Edwin Edwards

"John XII (955–964), allegedly murdered by the jealous husband of the woman with whom he was in bed."

- WIkipedia, List of popes who died violently

"On 13 December 1294, a week after issuing the decree, Celestine resigned, stating his desire to return to his humble, pre-papal life. He was subsequently imprisoned by Boniface in the castle of Fumone in the Lazio region, in order to prevent his potential installation as antipope. He died in prison on 19 May 1296 at the age of 81."

- Wikipedia, Pope Celestine V

"When the game was first unveiled at 2019 ChinaJoy it was met with criticisms claiming that the game was blatantly copying Breath of the Wild. Zelda fans at the convention showed explicit gestures towards the Sony booth, with one individual destroying their PlayStation 4 in protest."

- Wikipedia, Genshin Impact

"Another possible motivation for some [Wikipedia] vandals is that their judgment has been impaired, either by a chemical cause (e.g. alcohol, or other drugs) or by serious emotional and/or mental problems. At least one sockpuppeteer was discovered to be using only the IP of a mental institution."

- Wikipedia, Motivation of a vandal

"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

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