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Bizarre Fact #101:
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China was the first country to introduce paper money (in 812), but it wasn't until 1661 that a bank (Banco-Sedlar of Sweden) issued banknotes.

Bizarre Fact #102:
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Chrysler built B-29's that bombed Japan, Mitsubishi built Zeros that tried to shoot them down. Both companies now build cars in a joint plant called Diamond Star.

Bizarre Fact #103:
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Civil War General Stonewall Jackson died when he was accidentally hit by fire from his own troop.

Bizarre Fact #104:
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Civil War General Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson has two separate burial sites. His left arm, which was amputated after the battle of Chancellorsville was buried on a nearby farm. A week later, Jackson died and was buried in Lexington, Virginia.

Bizarre Fact #105:
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Czar Paul 1 banished soldiers to Siberia for marching out of step.

Bizarre Fact #106:
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Daniel Boone detested coonskin caps.

Bizarre Fact #107:
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DaVinci is best remembered as the painter of the Mona Lisa (1504?)and The Last Supper (1495). But he's almost equally famous for his astonishing multiplicity of talents: he dabbled in architecture, sculpture, engineering, geology, hydraulics and the military arts, all with success, and in his spare time doodled parachutes and flying machines that resembled inventions of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Bizarre Fact #108:
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DaVinci made detailed drawings of human anatomy, which are still highly regarded today.

Bizarre Fact #109:
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DaVinci wrote notebook entries in mirror (backwards) script, a trick that kept many of his observations from being widely known until decades after his death. It is believed that he was hiding his scientific ideas from the powerful Roman Catholic Church, whose teachings sometimes disagreed with what Leonardo observed.

Bizarre Fact #110:
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DaVinci's name for the painting was La Gioconda. Named for the wife of Francesco del Giocondo; 1503-06


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