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Bizarre Fact #91:
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All of the officers in the Confederate army were given copies of Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo, to carry with them at all times. Robert E. Lee, among others, believed that the book symbolized their cause. Both revolts were defeated.

Bizarre Fact #92:
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All the dirt from the foundation to build the World Trade Center in NYC was dumped into the Hudson River to form the community now known as Battery City Park.

Bizarre Fact #93:
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Although most people think that Napoleon was short, he was actually five feet six inches tall (1.676 meters), an average height for a Frenchman in those days.

Bizarre Fact #94:
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American astronomer, mathematician, clock-maker, surveyor and almanac editor Benjamin Banneker has been called the "first black man of science." Banneker took part in the original survey of Washington, DC. His almanac was published 1792 to 1797.

Bizarre Fact #95:
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At the outbreak of World War I, the American air force consisted of only fifty men.

Bizarre Fact #96:
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Before 1863, postal service in the United States was free.

Bizarre Fact #97:
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Before all-porcelain false teeth were perfected in the mid-19th century, dentures were commonly made with teeth pulled from the mouths of dead soldiers following a battle. Teeth extracted from U.S. Civil War soldier cadavers were shipped to England by the barrel to dentists.

Bizarre Fact #98:
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Before winning the election in 1860, Abraham Lincoln lost eight elections for various offices.

Bizarre Fact #99:
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Catherine the Great relaxed by being tickled.

Bizarre Fact #100:
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Charles de Gaulle's final words were, "It hurts."


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